BooksActually & Math Paper Press
at Singapore Writers Festival 2012
BANG MY CAR by Ann Ang
SPECTRE: STORIES FROM DARK TO LIGHT by Verena Tay
Date: 5 Nov 2012, Monday
Time: 8.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm
Venue: Singapore Management University
(Festival Pavilion, Campus Green)
Uncle: we all know him. This is the man who picks his nose on the bus, who will fight for his country and fight you to do it his way. He will shout you into submission while astounding you with his tenderness towards his wife. His standard answer to all your questions is “nothing.” Singaporean to the core, Bang My Car is a volume of short stories narrated in a mixture of colloquial Singlish and standard English that reinvents classic prose forms from the ghost story ro the university admissions essay through the figure of Uncle.
Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light is playwright Verena Tay's first collection of short stories. A spectrum of tales ranging from the supernatural to magic realism, this anthology seeks to terrify and inspire and encourages the reader to find darkness in the ordinary things in life and light in the depths of the soul.
Ann Ang’s poetry, fiction and dispatches have appeared in Eclectica Magazine, the Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore (QLRS), Ceriph, The Common, Kartika Review and elsewhere. Her short prose piece “The Indian Man’s House” was awarded second prize at the Microfiction Contest at the Singapore Writers’ Festival 2011. She is being mentored for prose under Ceriph’s Mentorship Programme. An avid birdwatcher, she works as an educator in Singapore. Bang My Car is her first book.
A Singaporean theatre practitioner for over 25 years, Verena Tay has published three collections of plays: In the Company of Women (SNP Editions, 2004), In the Company of Heroes and Victimology (both by Math Paper Press, 2011). An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she now focuses on writing fiction and is studying part-time for an MFA in Creative Writing (City University of Hong Kong, 2012–14). Spectre: Stories from Dark to Light (Math Paper Press, 2012) is her first collection of short stories. Apart from Balik Kampung, she has also edited another anthology of short stories entitled, A Monsoon Feast (DFP Productions/Monsoon Books, 2012).
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