Friday, August 23, 2013

Select Books @ Night Festival 2013

Over the next two weekends of Night Festival 2013, there will be a nocturnal extravaganza of spectacular aerial performances, music, dance and installation artworks at the heart of Bras Basah.Bugis precinct, Singapore’s arts and heritage district. The main events and special events with late night openings will take place at cultural venues such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum and The Substation and more! Treat your senses to an outdoor showcase of spectacular interactive light installations, and immerse yourself in a vibrant showcase of heritage, arts and culture in Singapore.

Select Books is pleased to be part of Night Festival 2013. Armenian Street, where our bookstore is located, will be the site of performances and music. 

As part of the festivities, our bookstore and cafe will be open till midnight on: 

Friday, 23 August 
Saturday, 24 August
Friday, 30 August
Saturday, 31 August

There will be a 10% discount storewide for books, coffee and wine these evenings!  Plus special Night Festival discounts on selected cook books (3 for the price of 2) and children's books (up to 25% discount)!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Books on Singapore's History and Heritage

These are recent additions to our wide collection of books on Singapore's history and heritage:

Technology and Entrepot Colonialism in Singapore, 1819-1940 by Goh Chor Boon. How did imported technology contribute to the development of the colony of Singapore? Who were the main agents of change in this process? Was there extensive transfer and diffusion of Western science and technology into the port-city? How did the people respond to change? Examining areas such as shipping, port development, telegraphs and wireless, urban water supply and sewage disposal, economic botany, electrification, food production and retailing, science and technical education, and health, this book documents the role of technology and, to a smaller extent, science, in the transformation of colonial Singapore before 1940. In doing so, this book hopes to provide a new dimension to the historiography of Singapore from a "science, technology and society" perspective.

Cords to Histories by Lai Chee Kien. Bilingual In Chinese & English. These ten short and ruminative essays are by an NUS professor of architecture, with many areas of interest. They include: the history of Singapore's railway and associated buildings; the 8 hindu temple complexes originally associated with railway workers; aspects of the uniqueness of the town of Muar; Singapore and Malaya and the London Great Exhibition of 1851 and its successors; botanical interchanges in Singapore; architectural aspects of local international sporting events; and garden enclaves in Singapore's history. With black-and-white archival photographs and book lists. Bilingual in Chinese.

Squatters into Citizens: The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore by Loh Kah Seng. The crowded, bustling, 'squatter' kampongs so familiar across Southeast Asia have long since disappeared from Singapore, leaving few visible traces of their historical influence on the life in the city-state. In one such settlement, located in an area known as Bukit Ho Swee, a great fire in 1961 destroyed the kampong and left 16,000 people homeless, creating a national emergency that led to the first big public housing project of the new Housing and Development Board (HDB). HDB flats now house more than four-fifths of the Singapore population, making the aftermath of the Bukit Ho Swee fire a seminal event in modern Singapore. Loh Kah Seng grew up in one-room rental flats in the HDB estate built after the fire. Drawing on oral history interviews, official records and media reports, he describes daily life in squatter communities and how people coped with the hazard posed by fires. His examination of the catastrophic events of 25 May 1961 and the steps taken by the new government of the People's Action Party in response to the disaster show the immediate consequences of the fire and how relocation to public housing changed the people's lives. Through a narrative that is both vivid and subtle, the book explores the nature of memory and probes beneath the hard surfaces of modern Singapore to understand the everyday life of the people who live in the city.

We Remember edited by Tan Kok Fang. On 2 Feb 2013 a meeting took place at Hong Lim Park, Singapore, to mark the 50th anniversary of Operation Cold Store when at least 110 men and women were arrested under the Internal Security Act when Singapore's People's Action Party government was still under the British colonial umbrella. The speeches of six of the surviving detainees, some of whom were imprisoned for many years, are set out together with an account of the Detention-Writing-Healing Forum organised in February 2006 by The Necessary Stage, Singapore. Six poems written by detainees are included. Bilingual in Chinese. With archival black-and-white photographs.

From the Blue Windows: Recollections of Life in Queenstown, Singapore, in the 1960s and 1970s by Tan Kok Yang. This thoughtful memoir offers descriptions of the author's life and upbringing in Queenstown in the 1960s and 70s. It highlights some almost-forgotten issues and patterns of family life in times past as well as some nostalgia for the early low-rise public housing which has now largely been replaced. Black-and-white photographs.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Launch: The Challenges of Ageing: Reaching Self-Awareness, Acceptance & Contentment

Media Masters and Select Books are pleased to invite you to the book launch of The Challenges of Ageing: Reaching Self-Awareness, Acceptance & Contentment on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 3:00pm at Select Books.

About The Challenges of Aging
The Challenges of Ageing is about dealing with day-to-day challenges as we grow older. It discusses how to handle the increased pressures imposed on our daily lives as the world becomes more and more modernised; what new life skills we should nurture; paths to self-awareness and congruence; how to handle grief and bereavement; how to plot a tranquil retirement; how to survive together and alone; and much more.

The Challenges of Ageing provides an absorbing account on coping with difficulties as the years roll on. It can be read for an overall appreciation of the ageing phenomenon, and as a valuable ready-reference as life progresses.

About the Authors
Maria Carmen Navarro has practiced as a counselling psychologist and psychotherapist for two decades. Her work has taken her from the UK, to Singapore and now Canada where she currently resides. In the UK, she was an Associate Psychotherapist at the Royal London Hospital’s Psychiatric Department. Working from her private practice in Singapore, Ms Navarro’s clients included singles, couples, families, the elderly and corporate organisations. In Canada, Ms Navarro has been active within the British Columbia Chapter of the Domestic Abuse Society. She also assists with palliative care patients, participates in a range of volunteer work and undertakes frequent public speaking engagements.

Norma Miraflor, born in Manila, earned her philosophy degree from the University of Santo Tomas. Hometown employment as a university instructor, columnist and eventually magazine editor provided foundations for a career to come. Norma moved to Singapore and became founding managing editor of MPH Magazines, and launched many well-known magazines, including Female and Silver Kris.  Norma was the author of a number of best-selling books, including Island of Wives, One Woman's Opinion, My Side of History, The Pacific War and Available Light