What A Great Night!
The benefit for the 2nd annual Singapore Literature Festival in NYC turned out to be a wonderful event. The room was filled with great talent, creative energy, and good people and food! thanks to Chef Kho Kian Lam,winner of the Julia Child First Book Award for his book Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees, who catered the night.
The evening started with introductions from our very own, Jee Leong Koh, organizer of the Singapore Literature Festival. Ken Chen, Executive Director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, gave remarks on the future collaboration with SingLitFest.
Gina Apostol, author of the Pen Open Award-winning novel, The Gun Dealers’ Daughter, read passionately from her novel, which moved the audience. The evening was filled with great singing by Angky Budiarjono accompanied by pianist Peiharn Chen. Songs for the evening included serenade from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Pierrot’s “Tanzlied” from Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, and “Love in the Thirties” by American composer William Bolcom.
The night would not have been complete without the amazing artists who displayed their artwork and spoke passionately about their artistic journey.
Hong-Ling Wee- Handmade porcelain platter and peony brooch.
Jason Wee- Archival print “Preoccupations – Butt.”
Melinda Lauw- Carpeting techniques used to create “Tuft #1.”
Colin Goh – “Exercise Free Speech: Keep Talking Cock,” a print commemorating Colin and his wife’s first joint project.