Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Event: Meet-the-Author - Shivali Nayak, co-author of Singapore Proverbs

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Author session with Shivali Nayak, co-author of Singapore Proverbs, on Saturday, 10 August 2013, at 2:00pm.

About Shivali Nayak
Shivali Nayak is a journalist by training, most recently working for business news channel CNBC. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology from Nanyang Technological University. Shivali has an interest in civil society and the arts. She is the co-founder of the Singapore Proverbs Project.

About Singapore Proverbs
This book presents a glimpse into the cultural melting pot of Singapore. The proverbs capture the wisdom of its communities’ languages and dialects through wit and creativity.

This enlightening book will energise you, inspire you, delight you, humble you, awaken you, and entertain you. Let its light illuminate your life and the lives of those around you.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

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

Monday, July 29, 2013

Event: Talk by John Hunt, on Christmas Island and Singapore

Photos from the talk by John Hunt, on Christmas Island and Singapore, on Saturday, 27 July 2013, at 3:00pm, co-hosted by Singapore Heritage Society and Select Books.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Two feature articles on Don Bosco

Don Bosco, the prolific author of our Time Talisman children’s ebook series, the Sherlock Hong series and co-founder of Super Cool Books, was featured recently in two articles.

In the feature from What’s Up, Don talks about his research process for writing historical fiction, and the need to balance creativity with historical accuracy.  He lists some of his important sources, including books and internet resources. Read the full article here.

In the feature for Essential Parenting, Don shares how he instils his interest in creative writing and entrepreneurship in his two sons while teaching them valuable life lessons. Don and his sons have spent weekends brainstorming plot ideas, creating artwork for the books and learnt how businesses make money. Read the full article here.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Event: Heritage Talk: Christmas Island and Singapore, by John Hunt

Singapore Heritage Society and Select Books are pleased to invite you to a talk by John Hunt, on Christmas Island and Singapore, on Saturday, 27 July 2013, at 3:00pm.

Christmas Island and Singapore
John Hunt will talk about Christmas Island and its historical connection with Singapore, based on his book Suffering through Strength.

From 1899 to 1958, Christmas Island experienced labour exploitation, beri-beri epidemics, riots, a military mutiny and a bitterly-resented Japanese occupation. The Island was part of Straits Settlements and had a close connection with Singapore.

Singapore baba businessman Ong Sam Leong recruited hundreds of coolie labourers from Kwangtung Province to work under harsh conditions in the mine. British District Officers and Chinese Interpreters of the Straits Settlements Civil Service and Sikh policemen recruited from Singapore provided government services. Singapore babas formed the Island's Chinese managerial class and worked closely with the British phosphate company. The fall of Singapore to the Japanese in February 1942 led to a mutiny on Christmas Island by Indian troops of the Hong Kong and Singapore Artillery.

Suffering through Strength tells the story of Christmas Island from 1899 to 1948, with particular emphasis on the Chinese coolie experience.  There are descriptions of the island in 1914, coolie life, the boom and bust years 1905-1918, the opening of South Point, and a dramatic chapter about the 1919 riot.

About John Hunt
John Hunt was Christmas Island’s first Resettlement Officer and Special Magistrate and Coroner from 1974 until 1978. He retired in 2008 and in September that year he and his family joined a charter flight to Christmas Island to mark 50 years of Australian sovereignty.  The visit reawakened his interest in telling the truthful history of the Chinese coolie era.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

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

Monday, July 8, 2013

Event: Poetry Reading with Christine Chia, Koh Jee Leong and Cyril Wong

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a poetry reading with Christine Chia, Koh Jee Leong and Cyril Wong on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 3:00pm.

Christine Chia teaches and writes in Singapore. Her first book, The Law of Second Marriages, was featured in The Straits Times as Cyril Wong’s favourite book of 2011 (“dark and damaged, and yet so hopeful all at the same time”), and critically acclaimed by Alfian Sa'at (“This has to be one of my favourite poetry collections in recent times“), Christine Suchen Lim (“thoroughly enjoyable“), Alvin Pang (“Wow, I love how the poems run together and are about the same theme“), Koh Jee Leong (“its piercing restraint“) and Sam Ng (“a book that really demands your full, unstinting attention”). Her second book of poetry, Skip the Animals, Please, Let's Get to the Gory Stuff (tentative title), is forthcoming from Ethos Books in late 2013.

Koh Jee Leong is the author of four books of poems, including Equal to the Earth and Seven Studies for a Self Portrait, both from Bench Press. His latest book The Pillow Book (Math Paper Press) will be translated into Japanese and published by Awai Press in 2014. Born and raised in Singapore, Koh now lives in New York City, and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter.

Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of poetry collections such as Unmarked Treasure, Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light and Satori Blues. He has also published Let Me Tell You Something About That Night, a collection of strange tales. Cyril has served as a mentor under the Creative Arts Programme and the Mentor Access Project, as well as a judge for the Golden Point Awards in Singapore. A past recipient of the National Arts Council's Young Artist Award for Literature, he completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. His poems have been anthologised in Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (W. W. Norton 2008) and Chinese Erotic Poems (Everyman's Library 2007), amongst various journals and publications across the world.

Saturday, July 13, 2013 

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Books on the History of Thailand

This is a selection of titles on the history of Thailand:

A History of Phuket and the Surrounding Region by Colin Robert Mackay. This is the first book to comprehensively examine the little-known history of Phuket and its surrounding region. The well-researched epic begins with the arrival of the first humans and goes on to cover: the influence of early Negro, Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arab, Greek settlers and visitors; Phuket's important position on the ancient east west maritime trade route; the rise and fall of mysterious early kingdoms and empires; the coming of Islam and Thai regional dominance; the social history and the scourge of piracy; swashbuckling attempts by Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, French, and British adventurers to control Phuket in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; the destruction of the 18th and 19th century Burmese wars; the tin mining boom; mass Chinese immigration and their rise to regional power; European colonial pressure and why Phuket was never colonized; the birth of Thailand; Japan's WWII invasion, local resistance battles and the eventual Allied conquest of Phuket; and Phuket's post-war transformation into a booming jet-set destination. With over 100 maps, pictures and photographs.

Ghosts of the Past in Southern Thailand: Essays on the History and Historiography of Patani edited by Patrick Jory, Patrick. At the heart of the on-going armed conflict in southern Thailand is a fundamental disagreement about the history of relations between the Patani Malays and the Thai kingdom. While the Thai royalist-nationalist version of history regards Patani as part of that kingdom "since time immemorial," Patani Malay nationalists look back to a golden age when the Sultanate of Patani was an independent, prosperous trading state and a renowned center for Islamic education and scholarship in Southeast Asia - a time before it was defeated, broken up, and fell under the control of the Thai state. The essays in this book demonstrate that an understanding of the conflict must take into account the historical dimensions of relations between Patani and the Thai kingdom, and the ongoing influence of these perceptions on Thai state officials, militants, and the local population.

Early Thailand: From Prehistory to Sukhothai by Charles Higham and Rachanie Thosarat. Dramatic new archaeological discoveries over the past ten years demand a new look at Thailand's past. Drawing on their previous work, Prehistoric Thailand, this substantially updated book covers the history of the Kingdom from the first human settlement to the earliest civilisations and gives a fresh appraisal of the early hunters and gatherers, and of the origins of the first rice farmers. A new chronology reveals the dynamic social changes that came with the Bronze Age, and the rapid advance to the foundation of early states that followed. The outstanding art of the Bronze Age, as seen in painted ceramic vessels a thousand years earlier than those from Ban Chiang is portrayed, as is the wealth of Iron Age chiefs who contributed so much to the foundation of the Kingdoms of Angkor and Dvaravati. In the far south, we find early cities founded along the Southern Silk Road, bringing exotic ideas and goods through seaborne trade. Most of all, the authors present the rich cultural heritage of the Thai people.

Siam and the League Of Nations: Modernisation, Sovereignty and Multilateral Diplomacy, 1920-1940 by Stefan Hell. Based on doctoral study, this is an in-depth account of Siam's participation in the League of Nations 1920-40, when it was the only Southeast Asian member of the League. Chapters consider: the background in Siam's policies of development and modernisation; the country's aims in joining the League; Siam's participation in the League's policies on opium control; on public health; on human trafficking; and on collective security. The conclusion explores long-term impacts on the country of the international and other roles played during the period of the League's existence. With appended chronology, lists of delegates, financial contributions, and ratifications, name glossary, bibliography, index and archival photographs.

The Ambiguous Allure of the West: Traces of the Colonial in Thailand edited by Rachel Harrison and Peter Jackson. Much collaborative post-colonial scholarship including the 2004 Cornell International Workshop has gone into the making of this symposium of eight specialists essays which explore Western involvement in Thailand's recent history and Thai perceptions of this history. Contemporary theories and analyses are applied to Thailand's power structures, film and media identities, intellectual struggles, political development, and quasi-colonial influences. Bibliography and index.