Singapore Shelf

FICTION

THE ADOPTED: STORIES FROM ANGKOR

By Heng Siok Tian, Phan Ming Yen, Yeow Kai Chai and Yong Shu Hoong

Ethos Books/Paperback/$20 before GST/Major bookstores and from www.ethosbooks.com.sg

Inscribed with surreal, otherworldly Cambodian art and wall carvings, this collection of short stories by four local authors was spawned after a sojourn to Siem Reap and the ruins of Angkor.


POETRY

POETS ON GROWTH: AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY & CRAFT

Edited by Peter LaBerge & Talin Tahajian

Math Paper Press/Paperback/$21 before GST/From BooksActually

This anthology of diverse poems, each accompanied by biographies penned by the authors, resulted from a call for submissions by two American undergraduates on Tumblr. Includes an appearance by Singaporean poet Lee Jing-Jing.


NON-FICTION

FAITH IN ARCHITECTURE: 50 HOUSES OF WORSHIP IN SINGAPORE

Edited by Gul Inanc

Ethos Books/ perback/$23.36 before GST/Major bookstores and from www.ethosbooks.com.sg

From the pristine, stately blue and white facade of the Bahai Centre in Cantonment Road to the multi-coloured Thai-style Wat Ananda Metyarama Temple in Jalan Bukit Merah, this book of 50 essays looks at how religious architecture shapes and is shaped by faith here.


PLAYS

POOR THING

By Haresh Sharma

The Necessary Stage/Paperback/$15/ From Select Books, Books Kinokuniya and BooksActually or e-mail edlyn@necessary.org

Missed The Necessary Stage's 2014 production Poor Thing? Read the script instead. The story explores road rage by inviting audiences to view and comment on an accident via social media.


CHILDREN'S FICTION

SECRETS OF SINGAPORE

By Lesley-Anne & Monica Lim/Epigram Books/Paperback/ $14.90 before GST/ Major bookstores

A breezy, fun trip through Singapore's history packed with trivia and tongue-in- cheek illustrations. It will make social studies less of a drag for even the most disaffected student.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 30, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - JXSHELF30'. Print Edition | Subscribe