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Mum’s Not Cooking: Favourite Singaporean Recipes for the Near Clueless or Plain Lazy, by Denise Fletcher, is the perfect gift for Singaporean foodies who live abroad, or a kid who’s away at college.
Only the Best!: The ieatishootipost Guide to Singapore’s Shiokest Hawker Food, by local food blogger Dr Leslie Tay, is the only guide you’ll need for laidback weekend meals out with your family.
Our colourful children’s picture books, with their heartwarming tales and beautiful illustrations, make great bedtime stories to read with your young ones. For slightly older kids, consider the bestselling The Diary of Amos Lee series.
From L-R: A New Home for Bo Bo and Cha Cha, translated children’s title The King and the Frog, and the recently launched The Diary of Amos Lee 4: Lights, Camera, Superstar!
Our graphic novels tell an eclectic array of stories: Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng is inspired by the experiences of their hawker parents and their friends, Miel’s Scenegapore offers sharply observed yet tongue-in-cheek commentary on our country’s past, present, and future, and drewscape’s Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise is a collection of personal anecdotes both real and imagined.
And if you’re not sure what would exactly suit someone on your Christmas shopping list, look no further than our bestselling NOTBOOKS that put a positive spin on people’s lovable quirks. This year, we have launched four new titles:
With such an array of titles, the Epigram Books Holiday Pop-up Store is a great one-stop holiday shopping destination. We hope to see you there!
Please note that we only accept payment in cash or by cheque.
We are located at 1008 Toa Payoh North, #03-08.
Braddell MRT (NS Line): Take the Toa Payoh North exit and follow the route outlined on the map.
*While stocks last. Goodie bag contents are subject to change.
Long-time readers of the Epigram Books blog may recall reading posts about our NOTBOOKS series before. With the holiday season upon us, we’re excited to reveal four new titles, a new price and exclusive promotions!
NOTBOOKS now come in 20 different designs, each featuring a witty catchphrase and unique, eye-catching colours. Each NOTBOOK contains 128 flexibound and thread-sewn blank pages of quality paper for your scribbles and sketches. The matte hardcover and handy A6 size make them the perfect accessory for the creative, stylish individual who’s always on the go!
We’re also proud to share that design firm Epigram recently clinched the Bronze award in the Print category at the Singapore Design Awards 2012 for their work on NOTBOOKS!
NOTBOOKS are sure to be a great gift for those keen to make a statement with their stationery. Each NOTBOOK now costs just S$9.90 before GST (previously S$11.90 before GST). Order through our website and take advantage of our exclusive promotions now.
- Buy 5 NOTBOOKS, get 1 free
- Buy 8 NOTBOOKS, get 2 free
- Buy 12 NOTBOOKS, get 4 free
- Buy 14 NOTBOOKS, get 6 free
Best of all, you get to select your free NOTBOOKS!
NOTBOOKS are also sold at selected retailers including: Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisation Museum, The Shop at The Arts House, Santrios, Totally Hot Stuff, Isetan (Shaw House),Bookaburra, NBC (selected outlets), Woods In the Books, Cat Socrates, Strangelets, De Walk in Wardrobe, Mono Yono (Plaza Singapura), This & That, Kiitos, Kalms (selected outlets) and A Curious Teepee.
Also stay tuned for announcements on holiday fairs where we will be selling NOTBOOKS!
Happy New Year to one and all! In this special Q&A, Epigram Books staff look back on the year nearly over and gaze into the months ahead.
1. What was one of your favourite projects this year?
Sok Wan: I enjoyed working on all of the projects! I worked on a variety of projects this year: a play collection, a food guidebook, a cookbook, a photography book and also a children’s book. But if I had to pick my favourite, it would be The Fish Book. The fish photographs by Ernest are all so whimsical and quirky! I think it is amazing that he managed to capture various moods (happy, sad, grouchy, cheeky, etc.) of the fish. I never knew fishes were so expressive!
Min: The time I spent working on Epigram Books’ website and Facebook community was pretty rewarding. Besides the fun of conceptualising and writing blog entries and Facebook posts, it was interesting to learn how WordPress and Facebook page administration worked behind the scenes.
Ruth: I really enjoyed working on Archibald and the Blue Blood Conspiracy by SherMay Loh. I love SherMay’s writing, and it was fun working with Imaginary Friends Studios to illustrate the book and see the characters come to life through their amazing drawings. Conceptualising the book cover with our designer, Stefany, was also a cool experience––we had a lot of discussion about “imagining” the scene that is now the front cover of the book.
2. What was a high point of your year?
Sok Wan: Selling NOTBOOKS at the MAAD Pajamas market. It was quite tiring to stand at our stall (by the road and no shelter!) for 8 hours straight, but seeing the NOTBOOKS sell like hot cakes was really exhilarating! It was also fun to see groups of people crowding around our NOTBOOK banner laughing as they pointed at different NOTBOOKS to assign the different titles to their friends. I am looking forward to seeing more NOTBOOK-related merchandise come out next year!
Min: I was thrilled to sit in on an exploratory meeting that included several local comic artists. I’ve been reading some of their comics for years and it was fascinating to see these creators in person and hear the personal thoughts and concerns outside of their works.
Ruth: One of the high points was selling Chong Tze Chien’s collection of plays, Four Plays, at the staging of Charged in July 2011. Why was this a high point? For one, the book sold like crazy! We could hear the click-clack of our little cash box opening and closing all night long. Secondly, it was the first time the whole Epigram Books team hauled itself down to execute a book launch. We were like travelling salesmen for the night, carrying posters, books, spare cash, receipts, and we even had to do catering that night! Talk about one multi-talented editorial team, plus it was a bonding experience!
3. Name a person or thing that inspired you. Why did they inspire you?
Sok Wan: Madam Padma Krishnan is a very lovely person who is fiercely passionate about cooking. I am glad we published her cookbook which fulfilled her wish to document her family’s recipes so that future generations can get to taste authentic South Indian cuisine. I can still remember the scrumptious feast she prepared for us when we went to her house for food tasting––the food she cooked was truly inspirational and till today, the colleagues who came along for the food tasting are still asking when we can have a meal at her place again!
Min: The Epigram Books and Epigram team! It’s a pleasure to come in every day knowing at some point someone will make you laugh, teach you something new, or complete whatever request you might make with professionalism and grace.
Ruth: For a while, being the only Editor with a car, I played “delivery man” and helped deliver our NOTBOOKS to several lifestyle shops in Singapore. I am very encouraged by shops like Cat Socrates and Woods in the Books. These are small, quirky, independent locally-owned lifestyle shops, started by people with great passion and vision. I’m glad there’s still the spirit of enterprise and passion out there in our local shops–that really makes me happy!
4. What are you looking forward to next year?
Sok Wan: I am looking forward to working on upcoming photography books under our Wee Editions imprint. Titles that are scheduled to be released in 2012 include The Effigies Book, The Teochew Muay Book, and The Durian Book, to name a few. We hope to expand our photography titles in 2012 and I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all interested local photographers to contact us if you have any works you’d like to publish, or if you have ideas for a photography book!
Min: It looks like we’re adding to our marketing resources in the new year, so I look forward to thinking up publicity and marketing strategies to get Epigram Books’ titles in the hands of people who would enjoy them…even if they may not know it yet.
Ruth: I am looking forward to editing the five Cultural Medallion works we are publishing in English next year. These will be works by Chinese authors You Jin, Xi Ni Er and Dr Wong Meng Voon, Tamil author M. Balakrishnan and Malay author Suratman Markasan. We have been hard at work putting the series together, meeting these luminary Cultural Medallion authors and identifying good translators who will do justice to their works. For me, having read some of You Jin’s works in Chinese before, I especially look forward to editing her works in English! Happy New Year everyone!
It’s been a hectic two months since the official launch of Epigram Books’ NOTBOOKS. So, what happens when a small book publisher decides to take its first plunge into retail by selling its own line of designer stationery?
For one thing, formerly deskbound staff found themselves getting up to 150 additional minutes of cardio a week due to new delivery duties, plus toned arms from lifting boxes of NOTBOOKS (50 count). Especially exciting for the shopaholics among us, we got to meet (virtually or in-person) the managers and merchandisers of cool indie stores like Cat Socrates and Woods In the Books. We even got to play shopkeeper as we participated in holiday fairs and bazaars. It was great fun to have people stop by our stalls to browse and comment out loud on the books that would be perfect for certain friends or co-workers. (Don’t worry, your comments are safe with us.)
Two months on, we’re pleased to see our NOTBOOKS selling briskly, and furthermore, that they’ve won mentions in various lifestyle blogs and magazines like Home & Decor, Simply Her and Young Parents. All you dreamers, shopaholics and bossypants out there, thanks for the support! And stay tuned, because this won’t be the last you’ll see of NOTBOOKS.
By the way, if you haven’t already, order your NOTBOOKS directly from Epigram Books to get up to 3 books free! This promotion will end December 30, 2011.
Do you need fresh gift ideas? Would you like your dollars to support local industry? Like to read, but don’t have an iPad?
Well, you’ve come to the right blog. Take a look at these hand-picked recommendations for you and everyone on your list.
1. ARTSY FOLK
by Tan Tarn How
Tan won critical acclaim this year with his censorship-themed play Fear of Writing. Theatre buffs and culture watchers will appreciate Six Plays, a collection of his earlier works, which also push boundaries in topics such as sex, life and politics.
by Ernest Goh
The Fish Book is an collection of art photography focusing on the miniature world of ornamental fish. Warning: these charming close-up portraits may trigger a run to your local aquarium shop.
2. YOUNG AT HEART
by SherMay Loh
A thrilling tale about a bumbling son of a duke who gets embroiled in a sinister conspiracy. SherMay Loh keeps pages turning with endless wit and a fast-moving plot. This novel for young adults picked up a Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and a nomination for Popular Readers’ Choice in 2011.
by Adeline Foo
The latest volume in this bestselling series brings more laughs and tween angst as Amos takes part in his school’s talent contest. Catch up on the Amos Lee saga before the TV series airs on okto next year! This book won third place in the Children category of the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards 2011.
3. ARMCHAIR ADVENTURERS
by Stella Kon
Stella Kon may be most famous for a certain play starring Ivan Heng as a Nonya matriarch, but did you know she brought her dramatic talents to prose too? This historical novel brings you to Singapore of the 1910s, where overseas Chinese fought the revolution to bring down the Qing dynasty. This book is part of the Singapore Classics series, which reprints formerly out of print novels by pioneering local writers.
by Robert Goh
The real-life adventure story of how a Singaporean team climbed a Himalayan mountain without fixed ropes or the aid of sherpas. Written by Robert Goh, the leader of the expedition, this account sheds light on the many uncertainties of unguided expeditions to Himalayan big mountains and how they were overcome. “If you’re sure you can do it,” Goh often says, “where’s the challenge?”
4. FOOD LOVERS
by Dr Leslie Tay
Featuring mouthwatering photos of dishes from rojak to wanton mee, and stuffed with entertaining facts and fictions about hawker food in Singapore, this is a foodie guide like no other. Use this insider’s guide to clue in your friends and family about the best hawker stalls in Singapore.
by Ambrose Krishnan
Indian food fans will be enthralled by this collection of over 120 treasured family recipes from Pondicherry and Kerala. Recipes include those for Chutneys & Thovials, Rice, Seafood, Poultry, Meat, Vegetables, Snacks & Desserts, and Home Remedies.
5. EVERYONE ELSE
If none of your prospective giftees fit into the previous categories, we’re sure you’ll find an suitable design in our new series of NOTBOOKS. Take the NOTBOOK that reads “I AM NOT BOSSY. I AM TAKING CHARGE”, for instance. How many people does that remind you of?
Where to shop: all the books can be found in major bookstores, and NOTBOOKS can be ordered directly from Epigram Books and purchased at selected retailers.
Lovers of witty stationery, look no further! Designed by Epigram Books, NOTBOOKS are notebooks with distinct personalities. Click on the image to see all 16 designs. We bet you’ll spot at least one or two that remind you of someone you know. (Whether they’d be flattered by the connection is another story.)
NOTBOOKS are currently available at the shops Cat Socrates, Basheer Graphic, Pluck, Woods In the Books, and A Curious Teepee. NOTBOOKS have also been spotted at various fairs around the island such as the Public Garden Flea Market and MAAD. “Like” Epigram Books’ Facebook page to get the latest updates on our travelling NOTBOOKS stall.
You could also order NOTBOOKS online on the Epigram Books site, and enjoy delivery to your doorstep as well as free NOTBOOKS (with a minimum purchase). Whatta deal!
Lastly, these local style blogs have been helping us host NOTBOOK giveaways: Viona Wang, The UrbanWire and Penny’s Daybook. The UrbanWire and Penny’s Daybook are still giving away free NOTBOOKS, so feel free to spread the word.