Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just booklove miscellany in general.
My post today is still all about an upcoming literary event, the biggest one in Asia, the AFCC! I am excited to share that there are several amazing book launches that are happening during the Festival. Here are a few of them that you should not miss, especially if you are here in Singapore.
The Circle by Ken Spillman and illustrated by Manjari Chakravarti
31 May 2014, Saturday, 1130-12 pm
The day after I arrive from Manila, I head directly to launch this very timely book that talks about inclusivity and addresses important issues about how it is like to live in a global environment.
One Big Story edited by yours truly
2 June 2014, Monday, 2-230 pm, Central Library B1, NLB
As I have shared in my Facebook Page, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the amazing chapter contributors who are part of “One Big Story”: the inspiring Professor Nancy Johnson from Western Washington University; John McKenzie, a leading academic in the field of children’s literature in New Zealand; the multi-award-winning novelist-in-verse Holly Thompson from US-Japan; the immensely talented artist Naomi Kojima from Japan; rockstar graphic novelist Sonny Liew as interviewed by Sherlock Sam’s mother Felicia Low-Jimenez; and award-winning picturebook maker Emily Lim from Singapore.
Many thanks as well to the team from Malaysia who contributed to this edited publication: Razin Abd Rahman and Norhayati Razali who wrote about the role of Kota Buku in children’s publishing in Malaysia, Linda Tan Lingard who shared her reflections on the state of children’s literature in Malaysia, the elephant man himself Yusof Gajah Gajah, Emila Yusof for sharing her imageries and inspiration in her lovely artwork and last but not least, Golda Mowe for sharing her passion for books and how her life in the magic jungle transformed to headhunting in YA novels as seen in her acclaimed novel Iban Dream.
And to the stellar AFCC Publications team: Ken Quek and Carlo Pena and many more for all your patience and hard work. Gratitude.
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