Epigram Books Blog
Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and it seems like everybody is up to their ears in heart-shaped chocolates, lovey-dovey cards and all the accouterments that come along with it.
In the world of literary fiction though, love rears its head in many different ways. From finding true love in the most unexpected places to living with unrequited love to dealing with jerks, these stories encapsulate every emotion we feel when we think of love.
It's time to break out the cherry blossoms, buntings, and the delicious munchies, as Chinese around the world prepare to ring in the New Year.
Over in the world of SingLit though, there have been many tales set around this festive season. So we've decided to gather a few for your reading pleasure.
From the thrill of watching lion dances to cataloging interesting Chinese inventions, here are our picks that are just the thing to herald the Year of the Dog.
This week, we’re featuring not one book, but ONE WHOLE SERIES of books. We are, of course, talking about the Heritage Cookbooks series, which was first started more than a decade ago and features popular dishes from various cuisines: Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese, Eurasian, Indian and Peranakan.
WHAT’S IN IT? Well, recipes, recipes and more recipes, that's what. Mind you, these are all family recipes — hence the books’ personal titles, such as Uncle Anthony’s Hokkien Recipes, Madam Choy’s Cantonese Recipes or Uncle Lau’s Teochew Recipes. These are real people, not made up names.
So we just had our first big event of the year: the first sales conference of the year, which we called Stories About Stories.
It's called Stories About Stories because 12 authors turned up to tell stories about what it took to write their stories, all of which will be out in the first half of the year.
Who were the authors telling their stories too? Members of the various book retailers as well as members of the media.
But enough yakkin' — here's a quick look at what happened.
Last month, we announced the release of our first book of 2018, the novel The Last Immigrant by Lau Siew Mei. That was just the beginning — the presses haven't stopped rolling! But first, we have a special bundle deal to herald in the Year of the Dog on our online store! What is it? Well, from now until 18 Feb, you can get any two books from our Heritage Cookbook series for only $38! (UP: $45.80)
Isn't that "paw-some"?
This time around, we have Darren C. Ong, whose children's book, The Trampolines that Nadia Built, has just been released.
He's not your regular author. In fact, he's an associate professor of mathematics at Xiamen University Malaysia. His day job involves doing research on mathematical physics, and how quantum particles behave in environments with an unusual structure.
We got him to spill the beans on trampolines, dreams and lessons learnt.
The Last Immigrant is the latest novel from Lau Siew Mei, who was born and raised in Singapore before moving to Australia. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Playing Madame Mao, a story about an actress who finds her life unravelling after her husband is arrested and detained without trial. Time magazine called it “one of the best novels ever written about Singapore”.
Siew Mei has also written another novel, The Dispeller of Worries, as well as several short stories and a children’s book, Yin’s Magic Dragon.
Here at Stories About Stories, authors talk about what goes on behind their latest creation. This week, we're talking to Lau Siew Mei, whose new book The Last Immigrant is finally out! In The Last Immigrant, Ismael, a transplanted Singaporean, lives on a bucolic suburban Brisbane street. His job is to decide whether asylum-seekers get to stay in the country, a dilemma that never fails to remind him of his own immigrant status.
This week's Book of the Week, Yeng Pway Ngon’s novel Trivialities About Me and Myself, weaves an unflinching narrative of Ah-hui, a Chinese-educated Singaporean entrepreneur, who struggles with a split personality condition.
It is set against the backdrop of a newly independent Singapore which has thrown off its dusty cloak of indigenous traditions and practices to embrace the thrill and shine of a consumerist, English-speaking system.