Former MediaCorp News CEO publishes novel about the cut-throat arts world
Art lover and media veteran Woon Tai Ho's first novel is set in the cut-throat arts world he knows and writes about.
Riot Green is about a young Singaporean girl whose paintings wow collectors but hide a troubled family life. Part drama, part thriller, the book was launched last Wednesday at the National Library Building on Victoria Street and is available in major bookstores at $20.
It is published by Candid Creation Publishing, the Singapore company that also brought out Woon's first book, To Paint A Smile, in 2008. That was a non-fiction account of the life and work of Cultural Medallion recipient Tan Swie Hian, whose works include the stone-set calligraphy on the floor of Chinatown MRT station
They have been friends for years and Tan wrote the foreword for Riot Green, calling it "a layered novel as well as an engaging page-turner".