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At the heart of change by Jason Erik Lundberg

At the heart of change by Jason Erik Lundberg

Jason Erik LundbergJason Erik Lundberg has spent the most of the last decade either writing stories for children (Bo Bo and Cha Cha) and adults (Red Dot Irreal); or going through other people's writing as the editor of anthologies such as Best New Singaporean Short Stories and LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction.
Here he talks about the key component at the heart of change and how that affected writing his latest book, Diary of One Who Disappeared.

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Grab SingLit 2019

Grab SingLit 2019

You can grab a book when you grab a ride too. In March, as part of #BuySingLit2019, we’re working with ride-hailing service, Grab to bring Singapore Literature (SingLit) to you!
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Soundtrack for a book: Love, Lies and Indomee by Nuril Basri

Soundtrack for a book: Love, Lies and Indomee by Nuril Basri

Indonesian writer Nuril Basri has been touted as one of the hot rising stars of the literary scene back home. His novels, Halo, Aku Dalam Novel (2009), Romantis (2015), Enak (2016), Sunyi (2017), and Not a Virgin (2017) have been critically acclaimed. Nuril was a grantee of the Indonesian National Book Committee’s writing residency in the UK in 2017. In 2018, he was a grantee of the “Crossing Borders” programme, which is jointly run by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. The novel, Love, Lies and Indomee, is the English translation of Enak. Here, he shares his idea of the perfect soundtrack to the novel. 
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"Songtrack" for a book: The Minorities by Suffian Hakim

"Songtrack" for a book: The Minorities by Suffian Hakim

In another article, Suffian Hakim explored how his novel The Minorities is a subversion of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth structure. The book's Nameless Narrator travels from the known to the unknown but fails to become master of either world.  Here, Suffian offers a "songtrack" for The Minorities, which follows the Monomyth structure: the first 10 songs provide the soundscape of The Known; the next 10 capture the discord of The Unknown; and the final 10 songs taper into the story's Nameless Narrator and his failure to become master of both worlds, despite having met all the beats of the Monomyth arc.

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The Minorities vs Joseph Campbell by Suffian Hakim

Suffian wrote The Minorities for many reasons. But the author says the novel itself takes a dump (yes, a dump!) on the ideas of one of the 20th century's foremost academic minds in the field of literature and mythology. To wit: Suffian set out to subvert the narrative model of the Hero's Journey, or Monomyth, popularised by literary scholar Joseph Campbell in his 1949 work, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, a book that has since become essential reading in comparative mythology. Here, he explains why...

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Soundtrack for a book: The Great Singapore Poo Sale by Maureen Yeo

In the book, The Great Singapore Poo Sale and Other Beastly Business, the animals of Singapore find themselves under threat. So they decide to take matters into their own hands – or paws – and come up with a few ideas to get the people of Singapore more eco-aware. It's an apt message for the times. And like the book, the playlist for The Great Singapore Poo Sale is just as apt. Handpicked by author Maureen Yeo, the songs reflect the spirit of the book.

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Home, Truly? by Inez Tan

When you’ve grown up in many different places, a question that gets harder for Inez Tan to answer each year is “where are you from?”
It feels wrong to leave any of them out, so she sometimes says, a little too cheerfully, "I’m from all over!” 
Here, Inez shares what inspired her debut collection of short stories, This Is Where I Won't Be Alone, along with a playlist that you can listen to while reading her book.

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Soundtrack for a Book: Kallang Basin Adagio by Khor Kuan Liang

Music plays a big part in Kallang Basin Adagio, the novel by debut author Khor Kuan Liang, which was longlisted for the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. The story is set in future Singapore, which has been ravaged by an environmental catastrophe. A group of survivors rescue a boy and his robot, Doll, on their way to the safe haven at Kallang Basin. But Doll is no mere android. She has been programmed to play some of the most beautiful music the world has ever heard. Here, Kuan Liang shares his playlist – or soundtrack – for his novel and why he picked these tracks.  
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