Second Saturdays Reading Series – May 2015

Text by Jee Leong Koh and Photos by Paul Rozario-Falcone and Philip M. Perry


For the first time ever, Second Saturdays was held in the historic neighborhood of the Village. Last weekend, our host Janice Tan opened her home on Jane Street and welcomed over 25 of us. The usual convivial atmosphere was enhanced by many new attendees, including a Singaporean who has lived in NYC for more than five years, another Singaporean who has just moved to the city from Cornell, and yet another Singaporean visiting from Singapore. We also welcomed many American friends, a number of whom supported the Singapore Lit Fest last year. Since its inception, the Second Saturdays reading series has always been open to all.

Our May feature was James Hannaham, the author of two novels GOD SAYS NO (McSweeney’s) and DELICIOUS FOODS (Little, Brown). James is a longtime contributor to the Village Voice and other publications. He is the co-founder of the performance group Elevator Repair Service and a noted visual artist who has exhibited his text-based works in many galleries. Reading from his novel DELICIOUS FOODS that Saturday afternoon, he very quickly drew us into the world of an African American woman who is lured to the South to work for the eponymous industrial farm. Part of her story is told from the unusual perspective of crack cocaine, a voice that is, well, addictive, as we learned from James’s reading. The dialogue after the reading was lively and interesting.


James reading with crowd


Before the feature, we shared a delicious potluck brunch, Asian-style, with fried bee hoon, egg tarts and many other goodies. We also heard three writers during the open reading. Jeremy Tiang read his translations of three poems by the Macau poet Un Sio San: “Early Morning Note To The Enemy,” “Nude Picnic” and “Anti-Love Poem to the Twenty-first Century.” Christine Chia read from her book SEPARATION: A HISTORY and the work of two contributors to the anthology A LUXURY WE CANNOT AFFORD. Tom March read his poem “The Death Bush.”

Next month’s reading will be our last before the summer hiatus, so do join us for the June blast. The feature is Patricia Park, who will read from her new novel RE JANE. We will return to our usual starting time of 7 pm. More details soon. If you’d like to be added to our email list, please email either Jee at or Paul at


May Reading Crowd

Jeremy reading

Christine reading

Tom March reading

Victor and Hong Ling

Paul and Girls

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Abby and Hallie

James with Jee and Paul


Second Saturdays Reading Series – March 2015

Words by Jee Leong Koh, and images by Paul Rozario-Falcone, with film stills from Kirsten Tan

As promised, Second Saturdays expanded its feature offerings beyond literature to include the other arts. The March edition of the monthly series, hosted by Melissa Wansin Wong and Alphonse Hrdel in their beautiful Williamsburg apartment, featured a private screening of Kirsten Tan’s award-winning short film Dahdi.

The heart-breaking film dramatized an encounter between an elderly widow and a young Burmese refugee. Kirsten Tan made the film in response to an actual event in 2012, when 40 Burmese Rohingya asylum-seekers were turned away by Singapore authorities, and forced to return in their boat to the open seas. The film was shot on Pulau Ubin, an island to the northeast of Singapore, where the action takes place.




Kirsten Tan was on hand after the screening to answer the eager questions of the audience. She was disarmingly frank about the challenges of working with amateur actors, so necessary to the film’s feeling of authenticity. Against her producers’ wishes, she also insisted on having the parrot in order to show the widow’s loneliness and capacity for love. The audience that night heartily agreed with Tan’s decision: the parrot was essential. In fact, the beautifully-shot film showcased Tan’s strong natural instincts for film-making. Dahdi was awarded Best Southeast Asian Short at last year’s Singapore International Film Festival. You can read an interview with Kisten Tan at Singapore Poetry about her approach to making films.




Before the feature, attendees enjoyed conversing around the potluck. There was plenty to eat and drink, as is usual at Second Saturdays events, thanks to everyone’s generosity. There was a short open reading. Christine Chia read from a work-in-progress, Who Stole Spring. The children’s story, written in rhyming verse, revolves around a young child who rants against Winter, calling it the “ugly stepsister of the seasons,” and then hears back from Winter. Wun Kuen Ng treated us to another one of her poems, this one titled provocatively “The Tempt.” The last reader was Jeremy Tiang, who read three of his translations of poems by prominent Chinese-language Singaporean writers.

The Second Saturdays Reading Series welcomes everyone. If you would like to attend, please get in touch with Jee ( or Paul ( April’s event features scientist-turned-ceramist Hong-Ling Wee. There will be an open reading again.



Christine Chia reading


Wun-Kuen Ng reading


Jeremy Tiang making us laugh




Second Saturdays Celebrates First Birthday

Words by Jee Leong Koh, and images by Deedle Tomlinson and Paul Rozario-Falcone


On February 7, the Second Saturdays Reading Series celebrated its first year in the Brooklyn home of Paul and Al Rozario-Falcone’s. We were very honored that the wonderful novelist Monique Truong, author of The Book of Salt and Bitter in the Mouth, read as the feature of this special occasion.

It was a year ago when Paul and Al hosted a gathering of Singaporean writers and creatives to plan the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival in New York City. As the festival co-chairs, Paul and Jee Leong Koh, described their vision, the enthusiastic response from all present was truly heartwarming. Colin Goh suggested starting a monthly literary event in the run-up to the festival that would help rally support. This idea was embraced by the festival organizing committee and so the Second Saturdays Reading Series, named for the day of the gathering, was born.

From the start, the reading series has been a platform for the reading of Singaporean and American literatures in various intimate venues around New York City. The reading begins with a delicious potluck around which introductions and conversations take place. After the open reading, the feature shares his or her work. In the last year, the reading was hosted by Guy E. Humphrey and Jee Leong Koh, Jeremy Tiang and Drayton Hiers, Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo, Win Lubin and Damon Chua, and St. Mark’s Bookshop (under the auspices of the Manhattan Lit Crawl). We have featured Christine Chia, Martha Cooley, Damon Chua, Colin Goh, A. Naomi Jackson, Amanda Lee Koe, Jee Leong Koh, Jason Koo, Joseph Legaspi, Vijay Seshadri, Cheryl Tan, and Jeremy Tiang.

We were delighted when Monique Truong agreed to read for us to cap a year of events. She had been kind enough to moderate a panel at the Singapore Literature Festival last October. The open reading before her feature was, as usual, full of lively and varied voices. Inclusive and supportive, the open reading typically included creative writing in verse and prose from both emerging and established writers. That evening we were privileged to hear from Monique an excerpt from her novel-in-progress The Sweetest Fruits.  We won’t give anything away, except to say that the writing was as powerfully evocative as Monique’s readers have come to expect from this master storyteller. This is a book well worth waiting for. You can find out more by looking up Monique’s website.

After the reading, people stayed on to talk and enjoy the beauty of Paul and Al’s home and the warmth of their hospitality. One-year-old now, the Second Saturdays Reading Series looks forward to bringing even more good stuff to an appreciative audience. We hope to expand our offerings to include other forms of art. As a first step, we will be featuring Kirsten Tan and her award-winning short film Dahdi in March. If you would like to be on our email list, please get in touch with Jee at or Paul at


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Wun Kuen Ng reading

woman reading

Nichole Acosta reading


Jeremy Tiang reading


Christine Chia reading


Deedle Tomlinson reading


Tim Tomlinson reading

man reading

Filip Notredaeme reading


Jee Leong Koh reading


The Feature: Monique Truong

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Rapt audience

A lighter moment

A lighter moment


Second Saturdays Reading Series – Jan 2015

Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo hosted the January reading at their Yumcha Yoga Studio in Flushing. Despite the cold and train interruptions, a good crowd of us gathered to celebrate the New York launch of the poetry anthology A Luxury We Cannot Afford, edited by Christine Chia and Joshua Ip. After Christine read from her new book Separation: A History, she introduced the anthology. Three contributors–Jeremy Tiang, Damon Chua and Jee Leong Koh–read their own poem and one other by another writer in the anthology. After the reading, Belinda He led all of us in an introduction to the Feldenkrais Method, a somatic educational system designed by Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984).








Second Saturdays Reading Series – Dec 2014

The December edition was hosted by Paul and Al Rozario-Falcone in their Carroll Gardens home. Martha Cooley, the author of the novel The Archivist, was the feature. Before she read, there was an opening reading of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Chua Yun Chun, who attended the reading series for the first time, enthused on Facebook afterwards:


My first mini Singaporean gathering and with Singaporean writers!! Wow They’re such a warm bunch; cerebrally brilliant yet soulfully open! I feel so blessed to chance upon such a small yet unique bunch of artsy Singaporeans! Beautiful home so beautifully decked. Everyone brought food with so much leftover! – from wines to dolci desserts, starters, gorgeous Asian and western mains, coffee, ginger tea, chocolates and like 5-6 cakes wow what’s there not to like!

I feel thankful that this is also a part of my new journey and transition from dance to musical theatre! From the silent shadows of goosing a dancers life that I love to speech! Words! Writing! That for so long I chose to keep muted.

Thank you writers for tonight

I feel so privileged



Photos by Chua Yun Chun


Second Saturdays Reading Series – Nov 2014

Second Saturdays Reading Series – November 2014
Words by Jee Leong Koh, and photos by Paul Rozario-Falcone and Guy Humphrey


Is there life after Singapore Literature Festival? If the November edition of the Second Saturdays Reading Series is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding yes! More than 20 people found themselves in the home of Guy Humphrey and Jee Leong Koh on the Upper West Side on Saturday, November 8, to enjoy a literary brunch. The event was jointly organized with the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers, of which Jee was a council member. The atmosphere was convivial, as always, as the regulars welcomed fresh faces into our midst.

Fellowship was cultivated and consolidated over the potluck brunch, consisting of quiche, fried dumplings, spicy lentil, kale salad, curry chicken, sautéed green beans and asparagus, kare kare (oxtail and tripe in peanut sauce), homemade bread, and pizza topped with beef rendang! And then there were the sweets: chocolate nut pie, scones, dessert meringues, and a chocolate-and-cherry cake from Fay Da Bakery, all washed down with mimosa, wine, juice, and coffee.

Christine Chia kicked off the reading by describing the poetry anthology A Luxury We Cannot Afford, which she edited with Joshua Ip. It will be launched in New York at Second Saturday’s January reading. We sent a “Hello, from New York!” to the Singapore launch via a video recording. As Christine had to leave, Jee read on her behalf a poem by her entitled “Plato’s dream of airports.” Then Misty Goh was up and read an original poem “Selective Memories.” Connie Smith read “Chime,” a poem which traced the intimate connections between knowledge and the body. Ng Wun Kuen read two poems, “Crossing the Spiritual Desert” and “The House on Baxter Street.” Lindsay Stern read “Louisa Whitman’s Lullaby” to infant Walt, and an erasure poem taken from The History of Insects by an unknown author. It was a pleasure to hear new poetic voices at Second Saturdays.

The featured reader was Amanda Lee Koe, fresh from her win at the Singapore Literature Prize Awards. She read from her award-winning collection Ministry of Moral Panic the short story “Alice, You Must Be the Fulcrum of Your Own Universe.” The audience was enthralled by the story of the relationship between a teenage girl and an older, and worldlier, woman. After the reading, audience spontaneously praised the story for its insight into two women of such vastly different ages and experience.

Quite unplanned, the reading turned out to be a celebration of women’s experience in women’s own voices. The fact that the room responded with such receptivity showed that the experience, described with great particularity, has universal resonance.



Jee Leong Koh introducing Christine Chia (right)


Misty Goh reading


Wun-Kuen Ng reading


Lindsay Stern reading


Amanda Lee Koe, the featured reader


Kimberley Lim, Wei-Ling Woo, and Amanda Lee Koe


Al Rozario-Falcone, Guy Humphrey, and Connie Smith


Amanda Lee Koe, Christine Chia and Wei-Ling Woo


Wun-Kuen Ng, Al Rozario-Falcone, and Hong-Ling Wee


Wun-Kuen Ng and Michael Slipp


Kazu, Cheryl, and Marty

Amanda Lee Koe reading



Two Perspectives

The videostream of “Two Perspectives: Singaporean and Singaporean American Playwriting,” featuring dramatic readings of excerpts from Damon Chua’s Aziza and Haresh Sharma’s Fundamentally Happy, both readings directed by Mei-Ann Teo, can be found here. The readings were followed by a Q&A. Peter Eckersall and Melissa Wansin Wong organized the event in conjunction with Singapore Literature Festival, and moderated the discussion. Martin E. Segal Theatre Center hosted. The actors were Arlene Chico-Lugo, Edward Chin-Lyn, Kenneth Lee and Ching Valdes-Aran.



New York Launch of Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore

Saturday, September 13, 2014, St. Mark’s Bookshop

Words by Jee Leong Koh
Photos by Paul Rozario-Falcone, Christine Chia, Sandra Woock and Guy Humphrey


It was a wet night, but the drizzle did not keep the crowd away from St. Mark’s Bookshop, now in hip new digs in the East Village. Organized by the team behind Singapore Literature Festival, the event was the New York launch of Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore. The launch, held under the auspices of Manhattan Lit Crawl, attracted many crawlers. Fans of the Second Saturdays Reading Series, which culminates in the SLF this year, also turned out in enthusiastic numbers. There was standing room only in the stylish space.

The anthology Starry Island features poetry, fiction and essays by 30 Singaporean writers and translators. It is edited by Frank Stewart and Fiona Sze-Lorrain, and published by the University of Hawai’i Press as part of MANOA’s series of international literature. Contributors include such bright lights as Philip Jeyaretnam, Ng Yi-sheng, Wena Poon, Alfian Sa’at, O Thiam Chin, Cyril Wong, Toh Hsien Min and Boey Kim Cheng. Wena Poon and Cyril Wong are also featured authors at the upcoming Singapore Literature Festival.

Three contributors, all based in New York City, participated in the book launch. Jeremy Tiang read from his graceful translation of Wong Yoon Wah’s nostalgic essay “Cast from Paradise.” Amanda Lee Koe, participating in her first New York reading, entertained the crowd with an extract from her story “Panda Cunt, Bear Gall.” Koh Jee Leong read from his collection of zuihitsu The Pillow Book, which has been shortlisted for this year’s Singapore Literature Prize.

After the readings, a lively Q&A followed. The writers were asked about the influence of New York City on their writing. They were also quizzed on freedom of expression in Singapore. The National Library saga came up in the discussion, as did the recent ban on Tan Pin Pin’s documentary “To Singapore, with Love” about political dissidents living in exile. When the writers disagreed about the centrality of censorship to any presentation of Singapore literature, the audience was palpably energized by the exchange. The Q&A was moderated by Paul Rozario-Falcone, who chairs, with Jee Leong Koh, the Singapore Literature Festival in New York.

It was wonderful to talk about Sing Lit, as Singapore literature is affectionately called, in a neighborhood legendary for launching counter-cultural arts movements. We were just two blocks from the famous Nuyorican Poets Café. SLF thanks St. Mark’s Bookshop for hosting the book launch, and Manhattan Lit Crawl for its help in putting together the event. We are very grateful to the University of Hawai’i Press and MANOA journal for donating copies of Starry Island, in order to raise funds for our volunteer-led, independent initiative to bring Sing Lit to New York. Starry Island is available in New York City at St. Mark’s Bookshop, the Brooklyn Book Festival (Table 215), and the Singapore Literature Festival in New York (Oct 10 – 12, 2014).


Jeremy Tiang reading

Amanda Lee Koe reading

Koh Jee Leong reading Photo by Sandra Woock

Paul Rozario moderating

Jeremy Tiang Q&A

Rafay Khalid of St. Mark's Bookshop

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Press Release – Singapore Literature Festival 2014

To download the document as a PDF please click Press Release -The Inaugural Singapore Literature Festival, New York City, 2014


August 29th 2014

The Inaugural Singapore Literature Festival, New York City, 2014

For the first time ever, 15 Singaporean writers will converge on New York City from October 10 to 12, 2014, for the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival. They will read from locally and globally inspired works in various locations around Manhattan, including 92nd Street Y, Book Culture, McNally Jackson, and NYU’s Lilian VernonCreative Writers House.

Organized by a group of book-loving volunteers, the Singapore Literature Festival aims to showcase and build awareness of Singaporean writing among readers, editors, and publishing professionals in New York. The festival provides a wonderful opportunity to hear and engage with the most distinctive voices coming out of the city-state, which celebrates its 50th year of independence next year.

Straddling vital trade routes in Southeast Asia, Singapore was brought under British control in 1819 and became independent in 1965. Its citizens speak and write in English (the lingua franca), Chinese, Malay, and Tamil, reflecting the legacies of British rule and the country’s four main ethnic communities—the Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Eurasians.

Like New York City, Singapore is an economic and cultural hub. The city is the fourth largest financial center and the third most densely populated country in the world. As a multicultural metropolis, Singapore has provided a stimulating environment for writers to explore universal themes in specific local contexts. An authentic literature has flourished, but it is mostly unknown in New York City—until now.

Nine Singaporean writers will fly to New York City from halfway across the world to join six other Singaporean writers based in the United States. Together, their work represents the Singaporean sensibility—local yet cosmopolitan. Some of the featured writers include:

Haresh Sharma has written more than a hundred plays that have been staged all over the world in cities such as London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Cairo. He is the first non-American to be named Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Wena Poon, the author of eight books, has had her works produced on the London stage and serialized on BBC Radio 4. She won the UK’s Willesden Herald Prize for best short fiction in 2010.

Alvin Pang’s poetry and fiction have been translated into over 15 languages. He represented Singapore at London’s Poetry Parnassus event alongside Kay Ryan, Seamus Heaney, and Wole Soyinka.

Alfian Sa’at’s award-winning poetry, plays, and fiction have been read and performed in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Melbourne as well as in Singapore and Malaysia.

Cyril Wong is the recipient of the Singapore Literature Prize, the country’s highest literary honor, for poetry. His poems have been anthologized in various publications all over the world.

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family (Hyperion, 2011). She has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times.

Kirsten Chen’s debut novel, Soy Sauce for Beginners (New Harvest, 2014), was featured in USA Today’s “New Voices” and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Colin Goh and Yen Yen Woo are the husband-and-wife team behind Dim Sum Warriors, a graphic novel series about kung fu-fighting dumpling that has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Time, The New York Times, and BBC. They also wrote and directed the international award-winning film Singapore Dreaming and authored the bestselling Coxford Singlish Dictionary.

The other featured writers are Christine Chia, Jason Erik Lundberg, Joshua Ip, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario, and Verena Tay. For more information about all fifteen authors, visit:


The Singapore Literature Festival is funded wholly by well wishers. A Kickstarter campaign exceeded its target by raising $7,790, with the support of 103 generous backers. Other monetary gifts made up the festival’s income. In addition, other sponsors have offered donations in kind, including Ethos Books, BooksActually, Landmark Books, University of Hawai’i Press, Mānoa Books, El León Literary Arts, artist Boedi Widjaja, Plain Productions, Rasa Restaurant and Tiger Beer. McNally Jackson and Book Culture, two beloved New York City bookstores, are donating their venues for festival events. The writers receive partial funding from Singapore’s National Arts Council for their airfare. The fund-raising was truly multilateral.


The Singapore Literature Festival is conceived and planned by a group of Singaporean volunteers—writers and creatives—who are proud to call New York City home.

Co-Chairs: Paul Rozario-Falcone & Jee Leong Koh
Treasurer/Fund-raising: Damon Chua
Publicity: Kimberley Lim, Kenneth Lim & Kiat-Sing Teo
Graphics: Shellen TehVideo/Photography: Marcus Yi

Co-chairs Paul Rozario-Falcone and Jee Leong Koh believe that Singapore literature deserves international recognition and readership. As the publishing center of the English-speaking world, New York City cannot afford to overlook this vibrant literature. The festival hopes to deepen the dialogue between the two cities’ distinct, yet complementary, literary traditions.

For more information about the organizers, visit:


The three-day festival offers eight stimulating literary events from Friday to Sunday, October 10 – 12, 2014.

For full descriptions of the events, please consult the appendix below.

Five of the events are free. Of these five events, three are open to the public and two (the opening and closing parties) are by invitation only. Invitations may be requested by contacting

The three ticketed events are held at 92nd Street Y on Saturday, October 11. Each ticket costs $10. The All Day Pass to all three events costs $25, with senior and student concession at $20.

Tickets to the 92nd Street Y events on October 11 can be purchased from the center’s box office at 212-415-5500 or on-line.

Rich Words / Poor Words at 2:00pm:

The 21st Century Family at 3.30pm:

The Politics of Love at 5:00pm:

The All Day Pass to all three events:


For press-related inquiries, please contact: Kimberley Lim, Publicity Chair



Singapore Literature Festival Friday-Sunday, October 10 – 12, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

1. Singapore and Freedom of Expression: a Soapbox Series roundtable discussion at Adelphi University (Pre-Festival Event; Free and Open to All)

Alfian Sa’at, Colin Goh, Haresh Sharma, Tania De Rozario and Yen Yen Woo, moderated by Martha Cooley and Craig Carson

Thursday, October 9, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY


Friday, October 10, 2014

2. Generations and Genres (Free and Open to All)

Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma and Verena Tay, introduced by April Heck

Since 1965, the year of national independence, Singapore literature has developed into a vibrant and diverse corpus of writings. In this reading, writers from different generations read from their work in drama, fiction and poetry, and discuss the growth of the literary tradition. The reading is followed by a book signing, and a reception hosted by Writers House.

Friday, October 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 W 10th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, NY

3. The Local Cosmopolitan (Opening Party – by invitation only)

Alfian Sa’at, Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Kirstin Chen and Wena Poon, introduced by Jason Koo

Friday, October 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore, 536 W 112th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY

Can a writer be both cosmopolitan in outlook and local in orientation? Marking the official opening of the festival, this reading showcases work that travels between home and the world. The reading is followed by a book signing and a reception.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Guest registration begins at 92nd Street Y

Saturday, October 11, 1:45 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

4. Rich Words, Poor Words (Ticketed)

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Joshua Ip and Wena Poon, introduced by Rohan Kamicheril

The growing divide between haves and have-nots is of concern around the world. How does language reinforce or bridge this divide? This reading explores the relationship between class, ethnicity and language. The writers will sign books after the reading.

Saturday, October 11, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

5. The Twenty-First Century Family (Ticketed)

Christine Chia, Colin Goh and Kirstin Chen, introduced by Monique Truong

From extended to nuclear to blended, the modern family is evolving in reaction to enormous social pressures and urgent individual needs. What will the twenty-first century family be like? The writers in this reading respond to the dynamics of this long revolution. The reading is followed by a book signing.

Saturday, October 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

6. The Politics of Love (Ticketed)

Cyril Wong, Pooja Nansi and Tania De Rozario, introduced by Don Weise

Be prepared to get hot under the collar. This reading introduces authors whose writings revolve around love, desire and relationships. The writers will sign books after the reading.

Saturday, October 11, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY

7. Book Signing and Mingling (Entry by ticket to one of the 92Y events)

Alfian Sa’at, Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Christine Chia, Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma, Jason Erik Lundberg, Joshua Ip, Kirstin Chen, Ovidia Yu, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario, Verena Tay and Wena Poon

Saturday, October 11, 6:00 – 6:30 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY


Sunday, October 12, 2014

8. Reading Culture (Free and Open to All)

Christine Chia, Joshua Ip, Jason Erik Lundberg, Verena Tay and Yen Yen Woo, introducer to be announced

Books are mostly read in private. The sharing of books, however, builds reading communities. Through reviewing, re-imagining and re-telling, we become citizens of a republic of letters. Reading itself becomes the focus of this reading by writers deeply concerned with this most solitary of social actions. The writers will sign books after the reading.

Sunday, October 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Book Culture Bookstore, 536 W 112th Street (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY

9. Encore (Closing Party – by invitation only)

Alfian Sa’at, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Christine Chia, Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma, Jason Erik Lundberg, Joshua Ip, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario, Verena Tay and Wena Poon, introducer to be announced

Literature has its roots in the oral tradition, in song, gossip, lullaby, and prayer. This reading returns the written word to its magical, hopeful and inspirational spoken origins. The reading is followed by a book signing and a reception.

Sunday, October 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street (bet. Lafayette and Mulberry Streets), New York, NY


To download the document as a PDF please click Press Release -The Inaugural Singapore Literature Festival, New York City, 2014