We celebrated 10 issues of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction last 8 November at a retrospective panel sponsored by #BooksActually. The event was held at the sidelines of @SGwritersfest #SFW2018, and hosted by Michelle Martin of MONEY FM 89.3. Christina Sng and I were on the panel, along with founding editor Jason Erik Lundberg. In the audience were comics editor Adan Jimenez and several contributors such as Theo Melwani and Wayne Rée. Poetry editor Kristine Ong Muslim could not be around (but was definitely there in spirit).
With our favorite LONTAR covers (L-R) Michelle Martin holds a copy of Vol 6; Christina Sng picked Vol 5; me with Vol 9, and Jason with Vol 10. The cover of Volume 6 illustrates my story “Brother To Space, Sister To Time” while Volume 9 featured another of my stories “Father Is The Blood, Mother Is The Wine”.
Michelle introducing Christina.
Shortly after Christina talked about pontianaks, this ghostly bride appeared above us.
With New York based writers Ellie Rhymer and Manish “Theoretical Starchild” Melwani (who contributed “The Tigers of Bengal” in issue #7 and “Sejarah Larangan; or, “The Forbidden History of Old Singapura” in issue #10).
A great big ‘Thank you!” to everyone who has read my book and and an even bigger shout-out to those who have sent me kind words over social media — especially to the three excellent folks below who took the time to write me reviews:
(1) First there is vlogger Rachel Tan who does her Rachel’s Now Reading reviews on Youtube. You can check out here video here .
(2) I am a big fan of Ng Yi-Sheng‘s work, whether it be his poetry, stories, performances or his important advocacy work for LGBTQ issues. Thank you for spending some time to read my stories!
(3) Lastly, thank you to the anonymous BooksActually Elf that did the review for “The Infinite Library And Other Stories”. You can read it here.
You can get copies of my book delivered to you by BooksActually here.
I ran a flash fiction workshop late last year which turned out to be a most interesting experience. There were about 12 participants who ranged in age from 12 to 71. Most had not done any serious writing previously. It was great teaching them the fundamentals of story structure and how to provide a complete prose narrative in a very concise and compact format. What I enjoyed the most was discovering the reasons why people wanted to write:
“I have so many stories inside me” – a 71-year old retiree
“I want to be able to communicate better in English.” – a Japanese expat’s housewife
“I want to surprise my girlfriend.” – a college student
“It will help me do my work.” – a business manager
“I want people to know who I am.” – a 12 year old girl.
So apparently, English singer, songwriter, actress, author and vlogger Carrie Hope Fletcher got a copy of my book, The Infinite Library and Other Stories while she was in Singapore playing Wednesday Adams in the Addams Family musical.
I hope you like my book Carrie! I love your music.
A second launch event for the general public was held at 4:00 PM, last 12 December 2017 at Neo Kinokuniya in Singapore. Thank you to Math Paper Press publisher Kenny Leck for hosting the programme.
Thank you to everyone who attended! “The Infinite Library and Other Stories” is available from BooksActually at 9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645 and the Neo Kinokuniya store at Ngee Ann City 391 Orchard Rd, 04-20/20B/20C/20E, Singapore 238872.
It’s almost time for the 2018 Writer’s Festival and I realize that I had never posted my pictures from last year’s run.
Top to bottom, left to right: (1) SWF Opening, (2) Outside the festival grounds, (3) Watching a panels while seated on LKY’s chair, (4) With Junot Diaz, (5) “Writing between Genre Lines” panel with Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé (moderator), Aliette de Bodard, Jason Erik Lundberg and O Thiam Chin, (6) With Dean Alfar, (7) With Lavie Tidhar, (8) Crab dinner with Aliette, Jason, Nikki, Pat and Dean, (9) Peranakan lunch with Ken Liu, and (10) birthday dinner with Aliette.
Here are some pictures from my panels:
The Real Science in Science Fiction – with Shelly Bryant, Kevin Martens Wong, and Dave Chua moderating
5 Nov, Sun 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Arts House, Living Room
A Brave New World: Speculative Fiction in Singapore – with Jon Gresham, Christina Sng , and Gene Tan moderating
6 Nov, Mon 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Arts House, Chamber