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POETRY

VITAL POSSESSIONS

By Marc Nair

Ethos Books/Paperback/83 pages/ $16.82 earlier than GST/Books Kinokuniya and ethosbooks.com.sg

“Nature never fails,” writes poetphotographer Nair, “to push against the grain/of forgotten cities.” In his ninth assortment, the 2016 Young Artist Award recipient asks by poetic kinds reminiscent of haiku and ghazal what it actually means to be a “garden city”, because the pure and artifical try to co-exist in a single small house. He first conceived this assortment throughout a 2015 writing residency at Gardens by the Bay and, sure, there’s a poem within the form of a Supertree.


FICTION

THIS IS WHERE I WON’T BE ALONE

By Inez Tan

Epigram Books/Paperback/159 pages/ $18.90 earlier than GST/Major bookstores and epigrambooks.sg

Tan takes it old style with the title of her debut short-story assortment, which references Kit Chan’s well-loved National Day track Home. The tales are contemporary and sometimes morbidly humorous, from a sentient dried oyster observing the mom and daughter who plan to prepare dinner and eat it, to the plight of a social research instructor whose college students begin answering each query with “Lee Kuan Yew”, Singapore’s founding prime minister.

WITHOUT

By Michele Koh Morollo

Self-published/Paperback/187 pages/ $14.90 earlier than GST/Books Kinokuniya, Popular and Times

Koh Morollo appears to be like at lack and longing in these brief tales that happen across the world, from an opportunity encounter on the Athens Metro that evolves right into a debate on the migrant disaster, to a ferry trip in a futuristic Hong Kong, to a global survey on feminine friendships.


NON-FICTION

LATE-NIGHT THOUGHTS OF A JAZZ MUSICIAN

By Jeremy Monteiro

Marshall Cavendish/Paperback/ 196 pages/$28 earlier than GST/ Major bookstores

Singapore’s “King of Swing” and Cultural Medallion recipient pens his memoir, with anecdotes from a jazz profession that spans greater than 4 a long time – brushing shoulders with music greats reminiscent of Sammy Davis Jr and Tony Bennett and even signing a contract with a “mafia clause” for a musician with ties to the Mob in addition to his ideas on the business.


COMICS

ALL THAT REMAINS

By James Tan

Lien Foundation and Alzheimer’s Disease Association/Paperback/72 pages/Free/ E-mail [email protected]

In three frank, poignant tales, comedian artist Tan explores what life is like for these with dementia and their caregivers, from the varied methods a daughter makes use of to occupy her mom regardless of the illness, to the love story between an aged man and the spouse who flares up at him in her forgetfulness. Tan attracts on the experiences of his circle of relatives and pals for these tales.

The e-book is being distributed free to unfold consciousness of dementia.

MR KIASU #10: EVERYTHING ALSO FIRST CLASS

By Johnny Lau

Shogakukan Asia/Paperback/ 128 pages/$13.80/Books Kinokuniya, MPH, Popular, Action City and TOG

In the most recent instalment of the favored cartoon, Mr Kiasu tries residing within the futuristic Terminal City, a utopia below Changi Airport, and in addition travels to Tokyo, Japan.

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