2014 Program

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) Colin Goh, Haresh Sharma, Pooja Nansi, Tania De Rozario and Yen Yen Woo. Moderated by Martha Cooley and Craig Carson.

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

Known for its strict state regulation of the arts, Singapore has been moving towards greater liberalization in the new century. Two recent events demonstrate the extent and nature of this change. A proposed performing arts regulation scheme met with so much opposition from arts groups that the media regulators withdrew it;. and the National Library reversed its ban of three children’s books for depicting LGBTQ families after a public outcry and read-in. In the new civil society, arts practitioners are deploying social media to inform, advocate and build alliances. At this installment of the Soapbox Series, five Singaporean writers—working in the arenas of literature, theater, and film—will discuss with moderators and audience their experiences and views of artistic freedom in Singapore.

Friday, October 10, 2014

2. Generations and Genres (Free and Open to All). Cyril Wong, Haresh Sharma and Verena Tay. Introduced by April Heck.

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

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.

3.  The Local Cosmopolitan (Opening Party – by invitation). Alvin Pang, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Jason Erik Lundberg, Kirstin Chen and Wena Poon. Introduced by Jason Koo.

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.

Please email info[at]singaporeliteraturefestival.com for invitations

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Guest registration begins at 1.45pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor

4. Rich Words, Poor Words (Ticketed). Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Joshua Ip and Wena Poon. Introduced by Rohan Kamicheril.

2:00 – 3:00 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor.

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.

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5. The Twenty-First Century Family (Ticketed). Christine Chia, Colin Goh and Kirstin Chen. Introduced by Monique Truong.

3:30 – 4:30 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor

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.

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6. The Politics of Love (Ticketed). Cyril Wong, Pooja Nansi and Tania De Rozario. Introduced by Don Weise.

5:00 – 6:00 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor

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.

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

6:00 – 6:30 pm, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd Street), New York, NY. Event takes place in Warburg Lounge on Ground Floor

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

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. Introduced by Tim Tomlinson.

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

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.

9. Encore (Closing Party – by invitation). 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.

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

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.

Please email info[at]singaporeliteraturefestival.com for invitations

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