[BHE 234] Loot from the Singapore Writers Festival 2016, Book Gifts, and Pansing Titles

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Myra here.

I am very happy to be simply a participant of this year’s Singapore Writers Festival. I feel a sense of liberation that I am not serving in any capacity this year: neither part of a panel nor a moderator, just blissfully a part of the audience.

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I am immensely grateful to the National Library Board who provided our book club with free tickets this year. This means that I get to attend the sessions with my 14 year old girl – that was truly a treat.

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One of the really great things about being at the Festival is the book discounts at the Festival Bookstore. Naturally, I ended up purchasing quite a few:

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Sugarbread by Balli Kaur Jaswal, Heaven Has Eyes by Philip Holden

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Love Gathers All: The Philippine Singapore Anthology of Love Poetry edited by Ramon C. Sunico and Alfred A. Yuson from the Philippines; Aaron Lee and Alvin Pang from Singapore.

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I was simply riveted by Atia Abawi’s presentation at this Festival that I had to buy her book right after listening to her speak. Not sure yet whether I’d have the energy to write a separate post on the notable presentations this year, but I shall definitely try: The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi.

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This Just In

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I just bought these two titles today – because I am nothing but weak weak weak: Seven Wonders Book 5: The Legend of the Rift by Peter Lerangis and LONTAR #6 The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction edited by Jason Erik Lundberg.

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Book Gifts

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I am also very happy that novelist Catherine Torres, a Filipina based in Germany and one of the SWF speakers this year, brought this for me from Berlin: Mariposa Gang and Other Stories – a collection of her short stories, and The Awful German Language by Mark Twain, a lovely notebook, chocolates that aren’t here anymore, a gorgeous book bag, and a Berlin puzzle in that small box you see in the image above:

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Awesome-looking puzzle, really.

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The Resident Tourist (Part 1) by Troy Chin, The Island In The Caldera by Lin Xueling – these are books and treats given to me by my teacher-students during our last meeting this semester. They do know my heart.

Pansing Titles

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There is nothing better than gorgeous books that arrive for you in the mail. Plus, this needs to be said: Pansing Books has the best titles ever.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler and translated by Charlotte Collins, The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu, Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck by James Patterson, The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder, Goldenhand by Garth Nix, Way Down Dark by J. P. Smythe, Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood.

How about you, fellow bibliophiles? What are the books that managed to find you over the past several weeks?

1 Comment on [BHE 234] Loot from the Singapore Writers Festival 2016, Book Gifts, and Pansing Titles

  1. What a fantastic haul!! Love it! And cookies and puzzles to go with your books 🙂 I had to laugh about you being “weak weak weak.” I know what you mean…

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