Monday, December 30, 2013

Meet-the-Author: Peh Shing Huei, author of When the Party Ends: China's Leaps And Stumbles After The Beijing Olympics

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Author event with Peh Shing Huei, author of When the Party EndsChina’s Leaps and Stumbles after the Beijing Olympics, on Saturday, 18 January 2014, at 2:00pm.

About Peh Shing Huei
Peh Shing Huei is a journalist for The Straits Times and the newspaper's deputy news editor. He was based in Beijing from 2008 to 2012, when he served as the China bureau chief of the Singapore daily. His new book When the Party Ends: China's Leaps and Stumbles after the Beijing Olympics, offers an on-the-ground look at China's ascent and challenges after the 2008 Games.

He is also the co-author of Struck By Lightning, a collection of essays on Singapore politics. The graduate of Columbia University in New York and the National University of Singapore lives in Singapore. He has won the Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards in Singapore Press Holdings. He is also the co-founder of Macular Degeneration Society in Singapore, a non-profit organisation which aims to build awareness and offer support to patients of the low-vision disease.

About When the Party Ends: China’s Leaps and Stumbles after the Beijing Olympics
When the Party Ends a compelling account of China after it stunned the world with the memorable opening of the Olympic Games, an exciting period which coincides with the author’s posting to the country. He was based in Beijing as The Straits Times’ China Bureau Chief, reporting on the massive Sichuan earthquake three months before the Games in 2008, the dramatic fall of Chongqing chief Bo Xilai and the once-in-a-decade leadership handover in 2012.

In the book, the author uncovers the simmering tension behind China’s meteoric progress, which has seen the communist country launching high-speed rail networks at a breakneck pace and conquering space in the midst of a growing income divide. Even as China grew stronger and more assertive, it also became more fragile. This is evident in the many insightful interviews with scholars, dissidents, civil servants, politicians, and ordinary Chinese whose stories are intricately weaved into the eight chapters.

Date and Time
Saturday, 18 January 2014, 2pm

Location
Select Books
51, Armenian Street, Singapore 179939


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Launch: Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World, by Azhar Ibrahim

Select Books and leftwrite centre are pleased to invite you to the book launch of Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World, by Azhar Ibrahim, on Friday, 27 December 2013, at 7:30pm.

There will be a panel discussion with Associate Professor Aisha Abdul Rahman (Head, Department of Malay Studies, NUS), Azhar Ibrahim (Visiting Fellow, NUS) and Ahmad Gaus (Writer and Activist).

Please register for the event at: leftwritecenter@thereadinggroup.sg

About Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World
While many books have probed the role of Islam in political and social change in Southeast Asia over the past three decades, few have focused on the power of the religious discourse itself in shaping this transformation.  Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay–Indonesian World captures the interplay between religion and social thought in comparative case studies from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Drawing on a critical sociology of knowledge and a profound understanding of historical contexts, the central focus is on Muslim intellectuals who have grappled with the impact of modernity in these societies, between those seeking to reform Islam’s role and those who take a hardline defensive stance.  The discussion deals successively with the role of religious traditionalism, the upsurge of dakwah revivalism and the public sphere, attitudes towards democracy and pluralism, and finally the ideas advanced by liberal Islam and its opponents.  Above all, Azhar Ibrahim offers the reader a creative way of understanding the modern Islamic discourse and its relationship to the remaking of society at large.

About Azhar Ibrahim
Azhar Ibrahim, PhD, is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. His research interests include sociology of religion, sociology of literature and critical literacy, and the Malay-Indonesia intellectual development. He has co-edited and published widely in Malaysia and Indonesia. Amongst his major publications in English are: Humanistic Traditions in Islam: A Preliminary Survey and Islam, Religion and Progress: Critical Perspectives .

Date and Time
Friday, 27 December, 2013, 7:30pm

Location
Select Books
51, Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Event: Book-reading and Meet-the-Author Event with Audrey Chin, author of As the Heart Bones Break

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a book-reading and meet-the-author event with Audrey Chin, author of As the Heart Bones Break, on Saturday, 14 December 2013, at 2:00pm.

About As the Heart Bones Break
In Thong Tran’s Vietnam, everyone is at war and no one is who they seem. But even a conflicted heart needs a home. Yearning for a true father and a cause to give himself to, Thong chooses independence, liberty and happiness – his tutor and the Viet Cong. It is a choice with karmic consequences he will spend the next half century criss-crossing the Pacific to outrun.

Can Thong set down the bones rankling in his heart? And at what cost?

About Audrey Chin
Audrey Chin works with numbers as a financial steward by day and with words at night. Her mission is to tell the Southeast Asian story to an international audience from the point-of-view of a multi-cultural Peranakan woman in Singapore. Her debut novel, Learning to Fly, was a coming-of-age story set in the rainforests of the region. She is contributing co-editor of Singapore Women Re-Presented, which tells Singapore’s social history from the perspective of Singaporean women.

Audrey is married to Minh and has been a daughter-in-law of the Vietnamese diaspora for thirty years. As the Heart Bones Break is distilled from the many diasporic stories she heard over that period. Find out more at www.audreychin.com

Date
Saturday, 14th December 2013, 2:00pm

Location
Select Books
51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Monday, November 25, 2013

Event: Book launch of A Crowd of Twisted Things by Dawn Farnham

Photographs from the book launch of A Crowd of Twisted Things by Dawn Farnham on Saturday, 23 November, 2013, at 3:00pm. 







Event: Talk and Book Reading on the Balik Kampung series of short story anthologies with Verena Tay, Gwee Li Sui, Joshua Ip and Ann Ang

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Talk and Book Reading on the Balik Kampung series of short story anthologies with Verena Tay, Gwee Li Sui, Joshua Ip and Ann Ang on Saturday, November 30 2013 at 2:30pm.

Perspectives of Home: The Balik Kampung Stories (2012-2013)
In the Balik Kampung series of short story anthologies published by Math Paper Press, each contributor writes from his/her perspective of having lived in a particular district of Singapore for at least 10 years. 

Come listen to the series editor, Verena Tay, as she shares her experience of curating these stories and highlights the rich social themes emerging from the three books thus far. 

Also present will be Gwee Li Sui, Joshua Ip and Ann Ang who will read from their respective Balik Kampung stories.

About the Speakers
After twenty-five years of theatre-making and three published collections of plays, Verena Tay (www.verenatay.com) now deals with fiction. During 2012, she edited the original Balik Kampung anthology and A Monsoon Feast, as well as published her first collection of short stories, Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light. In 2013, she edited Balik Kampung 2A: People and Places and Balik Kampung 2B: Contemplations.

Gwee Li Sui writes essays, poems, comics, and now stories. He published Singapore’s first comic-book novel, Myth of the Stone, in 1993  (which has just been re-published in 2013) and a volume of humorous verse, Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems?, in 1998. A familiar name in Singapore’s literary scene, he has written articles on a wide range of cultural subjects and edited Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature II (2009), Telltale: Eleven Stories (2010), and Man/Born/Free: Writings on the Human Spirit from Singapore (2011).

Joshua Ip’s first poetry collection, sonnets from the singlish, was published by Math Paper Press in 2012. His second collection, making love with scrabble tiles, has just been released in 2013. His work has appeared in numerous online journals and print anthologies including No Other City (Ethos Books, 2000), onewinged (Creative Arts Programme Alumni, 2001) and Peregrine (University of Pennsylvania, 2006).

Ann Ang’s poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Eclectica Magazine, Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore, Poskod, Kartika Review, The Common and elsewhere. Her first collection of short stories, Bang My Car (Math Paper Press, 2012), was launched at the Singapore Writers’ Festival 2012. An avid birdwatcher, she is an educator with the Academy of Singapore Teachers.

Date
Saturday, 30th November 2013, 2:30pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Friday, November 15, 2013

Event: Meet-the-Author - Ian Burnet, author of East Indies and Spice Islands, on Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 3:00pm.

Photos from the Meet-the-Author event with Ian Burnet, author of East Indies and Spice Islands, on Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 3:00pm.





Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Event: Book Launch - A Crowd of Twisted Things by Dawn Farnham

Monsoon Books and Select Books are pleased to invite you to the book launch of Dawn Farnham's A Crowd of Twisted Things at 3:00pm, on Saturday, 23 November, 2013.

About A Crowd of Twisted Things
Against the backdrop of this simmering violence, Dawn Farnham tells the story of Annie Collins, a young Eurasian woman, who returns to Singapore seeking her own lost child; a child give away by her Australian husband who, as the Japanese tanks rolled into Singapore in 1942, also attempted to murder her. Repatriated to Australia from a civilian POW camp, her husband dead in the mud of Burma, Annie has spent years fruitlessly writing letters to refugee organisations and government authorities, seeking Suzy, the only thing she has ever loved. 

With the discovery of Maria Hertogh comes hope. She enlists the help of an Australian newsman to uncover the truth about her own child. As the time bomb ticks and the threads of her search lead Annie into increasingly dangerous territory, strange recollections intrude, ones that have nothing to do with her own memories of her wartime experiences; disturbing visions which force her to doubt not just her past life but her whole idea of who she truly is and even to question the search itself. Twisted lives, twisted memories, the twists of fate and their tangled consequences.

In this novel Farnham pursues several themes:

• The Maria Hertogh story and its aftermath from the actual reporting of the time;
• The tales of loss and suffering of the civilian population of Singapore during the Occupation;
• The assumptions we make about our children - do they ever really belong to us? when do we have to let them go?;
• The nature of suppressed memory and self-delusion.

Date
Saturday, 23 November 1013
3:00pm

Location
Select Books
51, Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319


Monday, November 11, 2013

Event: Cock Sing Song Session: A Singlishman in New York - Colin Goh

Photos from the talk and booksigning event with Colin Goh on Friday, November 8, 2013.






Friday, November 8, 2013

Talk by Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan and Lim Ziyi Jean

Photos from the talk by two young photographers, Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan, 15, and Lim Ziyi Jean, 14, on their photo exhibition, entitled Our Silent Community: A Photographic Essay about the Lives of the SPCA's Shelter Workers and Animals, on Friday, November 1,2013.





Thursday, November 7, 2013

Postponed: Event: Talk on "Old Books"

The talk has been postponed to Saturday, 11 January 2014, at 3:30pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you can join us on 7 Dec 13.

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What is the value of an old book? How much is a book worth after its contents have been read and absorbed?

Come join other book lovers at Select Books for an afternoon of informal discussion on the theme of "Old Books", on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:00pm.

Veteran Singapore writer and educator Robert Yeo and book conservator Alex Teoh will share their knowledge and experiences of book collecting and upkeep. View books from their personal collections, some dating back over a century, that show that the stories behind the books are sometimes as important as the stories in them. Find out more about the tangible and intangible value of old books, even as younger readers continue to migrate to electronic platforms.

Bring your own old books and share your questions and stories!

"Apart from the pleasure of reading, buying a book and later finding it on my bookshelves help me remember the occasion, down to the exact day the book was purchased and where. I remember as clearly, the occasion when I bought the collected poems of Walt Whitman in a Bras Basah bookshop as a schoolboy in 1957, as I do that June in 1967 when i bought the Cantos of Ezra Pound in the famous Oxford bookshop, Blackwells. I still have these books and return to them ever so often, the simple pleasure of reading augmented by the remembrance of buying them." 
— Robert Yeo

About the Speakers

Published poet, playwright and novelist Robert Yeo is an alumni of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa (1978). For more than a decade beginning in 1977, he was Chair of the National Drama Advisory Committee, which helped to develop theatre in Singapore’s four languages. His three connected plays were published in 2001 as The Singapore Triology. In 2009, his second libretto ‘Kannagi’, a short chamber piece based on an Indian epic poem, was staged in Sri Mariamman Temple. His first libretto, a full-length work titled ‘Fences’, was staged in 2012, with John Sharpley as composer.

Alex Teoh is a paper and book conservator, providing restoration and collection care for rare manuscripts, collectible prints, antique maps and antiquarian books. He has been involved in various conservation and exhibitions projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Paper and books, being products of nature, deteriorate over time. Causes include light, acidity, pest infestation, mishandling and poor storage conditions. This is accelerated by our warm and humid environment. Alex will share some understanding of the nature of paper and books and some tips on collection care.

Date
Saturday, November 16, 2013
2:00pm

Location
Select Books
51, Armenian Street
Singapore 179939



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Select Books Talk Cock Sing Song Session: A Singlishman in New York - Colin Goh

Select Books Talk Cock Sing Song Session
A Singlishman in New York

Since 2011, Select has played host to more than a hundred events involving leading authors, thinkers, artists, activists and newsmakers around the world; from Pankaj Mishra to Isa Kamari, from Ziannuddin Sardar to Constance Singam, from Marina Mahathir to Chee Soon Juan.

This Friday, Select is particularly pleased and honoured to add a special name to the list - satirist, cartoonist and filmmaker Colin Goh - whose humour and thoughts have influenced an entire generation of Singaporeans.

Though based in America for many years, an authentic and immediately identifiable Singapore sensibility runs through all his works, whether these be the comic strip The Concrete Jungle, the website talkingcock.com, the feature films Talking Cock and Singapore Dreaming, or the books Coxford Singlish Dictionary and Dim Sum Warriors.

Please join us this Friday evening as Colin reflects on how the Big Apple has shaped his work in the Little Red Dot. As Singaporeans grapple with conceptions of stayers vs goers, cosmopolitans vs heartlanders, and foreign talent vs local talent, come share an interesting evening of talk cock sing song on these and other questions of Singapore identity.

Colin will be pleased to sign his bestselling Coxford Singlish Dictionary and his critically-acclaimed graphic novel series, Dim Sum Warriors. Both books will be available at special discount for the event.

Venue
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street

Date and Time
Friday, 8 November, 7:00pm


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Meet-the-Author: Ian Burnet, author of East Indies and Spice Islands, on Saturday, 9 November 2013

Singapore Heritage Society and Select Books are pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Author event with Ian Burnet, author of East Indies and Spice Islands, on Saturday, 9 November 2013 at 3:00pm.

About Ian Burnet
Very early on in his life, Ian Burnet knew he was destined for a life of adventure. Growing up in a small isolated country town in his native Australia instilled in him an obsessive ambition to get out of town a fast as possible.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Melbourne in 1966, he resolved to see the rest of the world, starting work as a geologist on some of the first off shore oil field explorations in Indonesia.

Along the way, the young man became intrigued with the fascinating history of this maddeningly complex country. In 2011, Ian published Spice Islands , a history of the archipelago’s spice trade. Following up on his successful first book, he wrote East Indies. Ian presently organizes sailing voyages to Maluku, the original spice islands of Dutch colonial history. He shared his story with Tempo contributor, Bill Dalton.

See more details about these books on the author website: www.ianburnetbooks.com

About East Indies
East Indies begins in the port city of Malacca, and tells the story of the 200-year struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for trade supremacy in the Eastern Seas.

It follows the rise of the world’s first joint stock and multinational trading companies and their conversion to huge colonial states ruling over millions of people in Indonesia, India and Malaya. 

The book documents the founding of the historic port city of Batavia (Jakarta) and concludes with the founding of the modern port cities of Singapore and Hong Kong.

Date and Time
Saturday, 9th November 2013, 3:00pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Event: Talk by two young photographers, Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan and Lim Ziyi Jean

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a talk by two young photographers, Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan, 15, and Lim Ziyi Jean, 14, on their photo exhibition, entitled Our Silent Community: A Photographic Essay about the Lives of the SPCA's Shelter Workers and Animals, on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 5:30pm.

Our Silent Community
"The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a shelter that houses both injured and abandoned domestic animals, until they are adopted. With such a limited space, SPCA is unable to take in the overwhelming number of animals. Thus, resulting in many being put to sleep.

As animals lovers, upon hearing the story of these animals, we felt that there was a need for us to create awareness to save these animals. At first, we had some difficulty socializing with the animals as some of them were traumatized or too excited thus it was challenging to get good shots of them.

Much of the work that occurs in at the SPCA goes on behind the scenes and in the early hours of the day. Hence, we had to manage our similarly-timed school schedules in order to capture some of the unique activities like dog-walking, which is carried out before the shelter's opening hours. Despite the challenges that we faced, we were willing to put our heart into developing this project, as we believe the awareness garnered from this exhibition has the potential to save lives."

About the Photographers
Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan, 15, Majors in Food and Nutrition at St. Joseph's Convent. Her interests include photography, turntablism, travelling and gaming. She hopes to be the voice for the animals at the shelter through her pictures. Charlotte has practised photography since 2010 and continues to enjoy it.

Lim Ziyi Jean, 14, is a student who specializes in EMath and Art at St. Joseph's Convent. Her interest includes fashion designing, psychology and photography. She hopes to make the world a better place through her works. Jean has practised photography since 2012 and has developed an interest in it. "Nothing is happier than seeing everyone and yourself alive, kicking and progressing".

Date and Time
Friday, 1st November 2013, 5:30pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Event; Select Conversations with Gerard Sasges and Mai Huyen Chi, editor and photographer of It's a Living: Work and Life in Vietnam Today

Select Books and NUS Press are pleased to invite you to Select Conversations with Gerard Sasges and Mai Huyen Chi, editor and photographer of It's a Living: Work and Life in Vietnam Today on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 5:00pm.

About It's a Living: Work and Life in Vietnam Today
Through 67 interviews and 59 colour photographs, It's a Living reveals the energy and struggle of the world of work in Vietnam today. Based on frank and freewheeling interviews conducted by students, the book engages a broad range of Vietnamese, both living in Vietnam and abroad, on their feelings about work, life and getting ahead.

By providing a ground-level view of the texture of daily working life in the midst of rapid and unsettling change, the book reveals Vietnam today as a place where ordinary people are leveraging whatever assets they have, not just to survive, but to make a better life for themselves, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About the Editor
Gerard Sasges is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. He combines his training as an historian with his fascination for everyday life and his commitment to get students out of the classroom and into the real world. He researches on the alcohol monopoly in Indochina. Find out more about Gerard on his website: gerardsasges.com.

About the Photographer
After dropping out of university in 2005, Mai Huyền Chi has divided her time among traveling and taking photos, writing as a journalist and a screenwriter, translating books, and exploring ways of storytelling. She is loosely based in Saigon. Photographs from the book will be on display at the IPA Photobooks Show 2013 at the National Museum of Singapore on 19-20 October 2013.

Date and Time
Saturday, 19 October 2013
5pm - 6pm

Location
Select Books
51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939


Friday, October 11, 2013

Event: imag(in)e sea #003, talk by Nguyễn Thế Sơn, "The Vietnamese Cityscape in a State of Flux"

Select Books is pleased to invite you to imag(in)e sea #003, a talk by Nguyễn Thế Sơn, titled The Vietnamese Cityscape in a State of Flux, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:30pm.

The Vietnamese Cityscape in a State of Flux
A Talk by Nguyễn Thế Sơn (Hanoi)
For the last ten years, Nguyễn Thế Sơn has been observing the changes of the Vietnamese cityscape, trying to understand the stories behind the process of erasure. In this presentation, Nguyễn will talk about his artistic practice, which encompasses silk painting, photography, photo relief and photo installation.

About Nguyễn Thế Sơn
Nguyễn Thế Sơn (b. 1978) is a Master’s degree graduate from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China.  Since 2012, he has been working as a lecturer at the Vietnam Fine Arts University.

Selected solo and group exhibitions: "From Pho Phai to Nha Mat Pho", Eight Gallery (Ho Chi Minh City), 2013; "Nha Tay", Manzi Art Space (Hanoi), 2013; "Houses Facing the Street", Cactus Contemporary Art Gallery (Ho Chi Minh City) and Goethe Institut (Hanoi), 2012; "Vietnam Now", The Rotunda (Hong Kong), 2012; "The Group", L’Espace (Hanoi), 2008; "Vina Tree", Hanoi Fine Arts University, 2007; "Headwash", Ryllega Gallery (Hanoi), 2005.

About imag(in) sea
imag(in)e sea is a series of talks featuring talented individuals who work with photography in Southeast Asia. It takes place whenever/wherever the opportunity arises, providing a space for different photo-based practices to meet/collide. Occasionally, it aims to highlight the work of notable individuals beyond the region. It is supported by Select Books and Invisible Photographer Asia.

imag(in)e sea is initiated and moderated by Zhuang Wubin, a photographer and curator based in Singapore. 


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Event: Talk and Meet-the-Author - Craig McTurk, author of Parting Glances: Singapore's Evolving Spaces

Select Books and Oro Editions are pleased to invite you to a talk and meet-the-author session with Craig McTurk, author of Parting Glances: Singapore's Evolving Spaces, on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

Craig will speak about his experience shooting and researching the book, which features Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Seletar Camp, Pulau Ubin, People’s Park, MacPherson and Queenstown.

Parting Glances: Singapore's Evolving Spaces
Parting Glances: Singapore’s Evolving Spaces explores six iconic Singaporean neighbourhoods through photo essays. This book is a culmination of five years of shooting and research by Craig McTurk, an American filmmaker and educator who has been based in Singapore for over a decade.

“It was my background as a documentary filmmaker that nurtured my desire to tell a story of how a country has evolved so dramatically before my eyes,” McTurk explains.

The neighbourhoods featured in Parting Glances are: Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Seletar Camp, Pulau Ubin, People’s Park, MacPherson and Queenstown. The book goes beyond presenting general historical facts by featuring interviewees who share deeply personal experiences – from dogs in Buangkok who protect residents from snakes to an antique restorer in MacPherson who still sleeps in his shop on weekdays because he loves his work.

“Most of my interviewees were older, because I felt they were able to bring perspective to the changes happening around them. In many cases, the livelihoods of these individuals will not be passed on to the next generation, making their stories as fleeting as the buildings they inhabit. This book is dedicated to these interviewees who kindly shared their lives in these fascinating – but gradually disappearing – communities in Singapore,” says McTurk.

About the Author
Craig McTurk is an American filmmaker and educator who has been in Singapore for more than a decade. A recipient of a Student Academy Award and numerous grants and fellowships, he is currently a Senior Lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic teaching television production in the School of Film & Media Studies. McTurk has a BA in History from Oberlin College and an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts.

Time
Saturday, 19th October 2013, 3:00pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Event: Meet-the-Author - Isa Kamari

Photos from the Meet-the-Author session with Isa Kamari, hosted by Lai Chee Kien, on Monday, 30 November, 2013.




Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Event: Talk by Dr Neil Khor, "Building Consensus & Community Capacity: The George Town Grants Programme in Penang"

Select Books and the Singapore Heritage Society are pleased to invite you to a talk by Dr Neil Khor, "Building Consensus & Community Capacity: The George Town Grants Programme in Penang" on Sunday, 13 October, 2013, at 2:30pm

Building Consensus & Community Capacity: The George Town Grants Programme in Penang
A talk by Dr Neil Khor
The George Town Grants Programme (GTGP) was launched in September 2009 by Think City, a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional, the investment arm of the Malaysian Government. To date, it has provided some 250 small grants helping catalyze urban regeneration in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. This presentation revolves around how public grants can be a tool to build consensus and capacity at the community level based upon a holistic values-based approach to urban regeneration.

Three case studies associated with cultural mapping, physical conservation and area regeneration will be presented. In managing this grants programme, Think City works with govermental agencies at all layers of federal, state and local governments; civil society and most importantly, the communities who live and work in George Town. The presentation will also focus on some of the challenges and innovative solutions associated with the grants programme.

About the Speaker
Dr Neil Khor is an historian who has published numerous books about Penang and Straits Chinese Literature. A former research executive at STAR Publications, he wrote a column called Penang Story from 2000-01. He read Straits Chinese Literature for his PhD at the University of Cambridge. In 2008, he joined Khazanah Nasional as a KRIS Fellow where he helped design the George Town Grants Programme (GTGP). He help establish Think City in 2009 and served as Grants Programme Director till 2012. He continues to help monitor Think City's Cultural Mapping projects in his capacity as Senior Fellow. He now manages Trafalgar Publishing House, his own research and publishing company specializing in heritage consultancy. Neil is also the Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (MBRAS) and a Life Member of the Penang Heritage Trust.

Date
Sunday, 13 October, 2013
2:30pm

Location
Select Books
51, Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Event: Commemorating World Animal Day - Talks on Animal Welfare

To mark World Animal Day, Select Books is pleased to invite you to talks by humane education and animal welfare experts Nel van Amerongen (ACTAsia for Animals) and Louis Ng (ACRES) on Saturday, 5 October 2013, at 3.00pm.

The talks are in conjunction with the photo exhibition "Our Silent Community: A Photographic Essay about the Lives of the SPCA's Shelter Workers and Animals" by Charlotte Tng and Jean Lim.

About the Speakers
Nel van Amerongen has been working for animal welfare for decades. Over the past seven years, Nel has been working together with ACTAsia for Animals to establish a humane education curriculum in China. The pioneering project that is supported by the Lee Foundation, is based on the recognition that humans, animals and the environment are interrelated and should be treated with respect and consideration. Nel will share insights from kindergartens and primary schools in China, where humane education has been introduced since 2012, and discuss how through spreading positive information we can create a more harmonious society. Nel currently lives in Singapore and combines her passion for animal advocacy with her profession as a neuropsychologist.

Louis Ng is the Founder and Chief Executive of ACRES, an NGO advocating for an end to animal cruelty in Asia. ACRES has six focus areas: Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Tackling Wildlife Crime, Addressing Zoo Animal Welfare, Humane Education, Community Outreach and Promoting Cruelty-Free Living.

Date
Saturday, 5th October 2013, 3:00pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Friday, September 27, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Launch: Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System

Select Books is pleased to invite you to the Book Launch and Panel Discussion of Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System by Jeremy Lim.

Venue:  
The Chamber, The Arts House, 
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Date
Saturday, 5 October 2013, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Myth or Magic - The Singapore Healthcare System provides a comprehensive look at the political philosophy that has shaped Singapore's healthcare system over the last five decades and the financing and delivery of healthcare in Singapore. It delves into different aspects of the Singapore healthcare landscape, including pharmaceutical cost management, medical tourism, doctors' remuneration, medical education, rules and regulations, workforce planning and health promotion. It suggests lessons that the Singapore healthcare story holds for healthcare policy makers and reformers and the challenges that the future holds.

"...this book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding this area of governance or wanting to participate in the debate about better policies, whether in Singapore or elsewhere. "
- Alex Au, public intellectual and blogger, yawningbread.wordpress.com

"Jeremy Lim uncovers the magic of Singapore’s health care system and good government. But he also does away with the myth that everything is fine in Singapore and presents his solutions, unconventional yet in Singapore’s tradition of rich and practical thinking." 
- Jan van den Berg, President Asia of Prudential Financial Inc. (USA)

"The book is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to reform healthcare in their own countries, and for Singaporeans seeking to understand what works and what doesn’t in their healthcare system."
- Donald Low, Associate Dean (Executive Education and Research), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy 

Programme
2:30 pm - Registration and Welcome

3:00 pm - Introduction by author on the reasons for the book, the title and what he hopes to achieve with its publication. 

3:15 pm - Panel Discussion on "The Future of Singapore Healthcare: Policy, Physician, and Public Perspectives"
  • Jeremy Lim (author, Principal Consultant, Insights Health Associates) 
  • Alex Au (civil society activist and blogger, yawningbread.wordpress.com) 
  • Tikki Pangestu (formerly Director of Research Policy, WHO, Geneva, now Visiting Professor, LKY School of Public Policy) 
  • Toh Han Chong (editor, SMA News, Deputy Director, National Cancer Centre) 
Be prepared for a robust discussion on topical issues such as MediShield Life, affordability of healthcare, access for vulnerable populations, the feasibility of a third medical school, public-private competition, and whether there are too many doctors.

4:30 pm - Reception at the Blue Room

5:30 pm - Close

This is a public event and all are welcome.



Event: Repeat Filming Screening and Q&A with Film-Makers of I Love Malaya

Due to the great response at the screening of I Love Malaya on Saturday, 21 September 2013, Select Books is pleased to announce that we will have an additional film screening and Q&A with the film-makers this Sunday.

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a film screening and Q&A with film-makers of I Love Malaya on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:30pm.

I LOVE MALAYA  再见马来亚

In 2005, an 81-year-old man sued the Malaysian government for denying him entry into the country of his birth. Chin Peng was the leader of the Malayan Communist Party, which waged the longest and most difficult war lasting more than 30 years, first to overthrow the British colonial government and then against the Malaysian state.

When peace was finally secured in 1989, more than 200 guerillas returned to Malaysia. But Chin Peng was not one of them. In fact there are many like him who have remained in southern Thailand, as stateless aliens, unable to step foot into the country they had given their lives fighting for.

I Love Malaya documents five young Singaporeans’ exploration of their country’s communist past, spurred by the court case of the former leader of the Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, and the silence surrounding this period of history. Their journey began in April 2005 when Chin Peng’s court case first surfaced in Penang, Malaysia. Intrigued by the man and his legacy, they sought to meet with the former guerilla leader. They contacted his publisher, tracked down his family in Singapore and Sitiawan, and subsequently visited his former comrades in the villages of southern Thailand.

In putting together the documentary, they realised that their focus was not a search for Chin Peng or an attempt to chronicle the history of the Malayan Communist Party. Instead, it was to tell the stories of people left behind in the wash of history because of the choices they made. These people might be our uncles, aunties, fathers or grandmothers who had given their lives for a cause they had believed in.

This documentary first premiered in Singapore in November 2006. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with four of the five film-makers of this documentary.

For more background information on the film, please refer to the website: ilovemalaya.com

About the Film-makers
Christopher Len is an academic based in Singapore doing research on Asia.

Wang Eng Eng is a television director/producer who has worked on documentaries for both local and international networks. I Love Malaya was her first independent documentary film.

Eunice Lau, a former journalist, is a graduate film student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her film on Somalia's conflict, Through the Fire, was nominated for a student oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Choon Hiong is a documentary filmmaker and a member of a social enterprise group, Function 8. He is also the project co-ordinator for Freedom Film Festival.

Film Rating: PG
Admission is Free. No Registration Required.

Date and Time
Sunday, 29 September, 2013
2:30pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Friday, September 20, 2013

Photo Exhibition - Our Silent Community: A Photographic Essay about the Lives of the SPCA's Shelter Workers and Animals

Select Books is pleased to host a photo exhibition entitled Our Silent Community: A Photographic Essay about the Lives of the SPCA's Shelter Workers and Animals, by two young photographers, Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan, 15, and Lim Ziyi Jean, 14.

Our Silent Community
"The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a shelter that houses both inured and abandoned domestic animals, until they are adopted. With such a limited space, SPCA is unable to take in the overwhelming number of animals. Thus, resulting in many being put to sleep.

As animals lovers, upon hearing the story of these animals, we felt that there was a need for us to create awareness to save these animals. At first, we had some difficulty socializing with the animals as some of them were traumatized or too excited thus it was challenging to get good shots of them.

Much of the work that occurs in at the SPCA goes on behind the scenes and in the early hours of the day. Hence, we had to manage our similarly-timed school schedules in order to capture some of the unique activities like dog-walking, which is carried out before the shelter's opening hours. Despite the challenges that we faced, we were willing to put our heart into developing this project, as we believe the awareness garnered from this exhibition has the potential to save lives."

PHOTOGRAPHERS
Joan Charlotte Tng Hui Xuan, 15, Majors in Food and Nutrition at St. Joseph's Convent. Her interests include photography, turntablism, travelling and gaming. She hopes to be the voice for the animals at the shelter through her pictures. Charlotte has practised photography since 2010 and continues to enjoy it.

Lim Ziyi Jean, 14, is a student who specializes in EMath and Art at St. Joseph's Convent. Her interest includes fashion designing, psychology and photography. She hopes to make the world a better place through her works. Jean has practised photography since 2012 and has developed an interest in it. "Nothing is happier than seeing everyone and yourself alive, kicking and progressing".

CURATOR
Debby Ng has documented the natural world and its relationship with society and humanity for over a decade. She is the author of Life of my Sisters, a photographic documentary about the education of young women in Nepal. Debby has taught photojournalism to young women since 2011, with the intent to stimulate social awareness.





Friday, September 13, 2013

Event: Film Screening and Q&A with Film-makers of I Love Malaya

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a film screening and Q&A with film-makers of I Love Malaya on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

I LOVE MALAYA 再见马来亚
In 2005, an 81-year-old man sued the Malaysian government for denying him entry into the country of his birth. Chin Peng was the leader of the Malayan Communist Party, which waged the longest and most difficult war lasting more than 30 years, first to overthrow the British colonial government and then against the Malaysian state.

When peace was finally secured in 1989, more than 200 guerillas returned to Malaysia. But Chin Peng was not one of them. In fact there are many like him who have remained in southern Thailand, as stateless aliens, unable to step foot into the country they had given their lives fighting for.

I Love Malaya documents five young Singaporeans’ exploration of their country’s communist past, spurred by the court case of the former leader of the Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, and the silence surrounding this period of history. Their journey began in April 2005 when Chin Peng’s court case first surfaced in Penang, Malaysia. Intrigued by the man and his legacy, they sought to meet with the former guerilla leader. They contacted his publisher, tracked down his family in Singapore and Sitiawan, and subsequently visited his former comrades in the villages of southern Thailand.

In putting together the documentary, they realised that their focus was not a search for Chin Peng or an attempt to chronicle the history of the Malayan Communist Party. Instead, it was to tell the stories of people left behind in the wash of history because of the choices they made. These people might be our uncles, aunties, fathers or grandmothers who had given their lives for a cause they had believed in.

This documentary first premiered in Singapore in November 2006. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with three of the five film-makers of this documentary.

For more background information on the film, please refer to the website: ilovemalaya.com

About the Film-makers
Christopher Len is an academic based in Singapore doing research on Asia.

Wang Eng Eng is a television director/producer who has worked on documentaries for both local and international networks. I Love Malaya was her first independent documentary film.

Eunice Lau, a former journalist, is a graduate film student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her film on Somalia's conflict, Through the Fire, was nominated for a student oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Film Rating: PG
Admission is Free. No Registration Required.

Date and Time
Saturday, 21st September 2013
6:00pm

Location
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Event: Book Reading for Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong - Life in Potong Pasir, 1955 to 1965, by Josephine Chia

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a book reading for Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong - Life in Potong Pasir, 1955 to 1965, by Josephine Chia, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:00pm.

Kampong Spirit is a heartwarming recollection of life in the little village of Potong Pasir in Singapore during the years 1955 to 1965. Peranakan author Josephine Chia brings us into the world of her childhood in a kampong. Though deprived of modern comforts like electricity or running water, her multi-racial neighbours lived harmoniously with each other in their attap homes, and had a wonderful zest for life and a strong sense of community. This vibrant kampong spirit, or gotong royong, was a significant aspect of living in a kampong.

The period 1955 to 1965 was also a dramatic era for Singapore. As the country struggled towards nationhood, the social and political events of this time and their effects are seen through the eyes of the common folk.

This collection of delightful, real life short stories will take you through Singapore's history and heritage at a human level. For some it will be a journey of discovery and for others a time for reminiscing.

About the Author
Josephine Chia graduated from Singapore University with an Honours Degree in Philosophy and from Bath Spa University, UK, with a Masters in Creative Writing. In 1992, she became one of the winners of UK’s Ian St James Awards for Short Fiction, the first Singaporean to win it. She recently returned to live in Singapore after being in UK for thirty years.

Ethos Books will be launching the second edition of her first novel, My Mother-In-Law’s Son, on Saturday, 9 November, 5:00pm, at the Arts House, in conjunction with the Singapore Writers Festival.

Josephine writes both fiction and non-fiction and is published in Singapore, Malaysia, UK and USA. An Indonesian publisher is currently translating Frog Under a Coconut Shell into Bahasa Indonesia. Kampong Spirit is her eighth book.

Date and Time
Saturday, 21 September 2013
3:00 pm

Location
Select Books
51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319