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