Singapore shelf

PLAYS

A WHITE ROSE AT MIDNIGHT

By Lim Chor Pee

Epigram Books/ Paperback/118 pages/ $13.90 before GST/Major bookstores and from shop.epigrambooks.sg

This is the text of the pioneer playwright's second and last work and reflects the tensions between English-speaking and Mandarin- speaking Singaporeans back when the nation was still being formed. The play was first staged in 1964, two years after the iconic Mimi Fan.


POETRY

ARS POETICA FOR THE DAY

By Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

Ethos Books/Paperback/ 104 pages/$16 before GST/Major bookstores and from www.ethosbooks.com.sg

Sharp and sometimes funny meditations on the life of a poet from the writer whose first collection, Crossing The Peninsula (1980), made her the first Asian and first woman to win the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.


FICTION

WHEN A FLOWER DIES

By Josephine Chia

Ethos Books/ Paperback/ 292 pages/ $18.90 before GST/Major bookstores and from www.ethosbooks.com.sg

This is Chia's second novel after My Mother-In-Law's Son, republished in 2013. When A Flower Dies marries nostalgia and romance in a story about an aged, forgetful woman clinging to memories of her late husband. The author is better known for award-winning non-fiction such as Gotong Royong, a memoir of kampung life which won the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize.

LONTAR: THE JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION #5

Edited by Jason Erik Lundberg, Kristine Ong Muslim and Adan Jimenez

Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 112 pages/ $14.90 before GST/ Major bookstores and from shop.epigrambooks.sg

Lontar is the only journal featuring speculative fiction from South-east Asia and this issue includes stories and poems from some of Singapore's best writers, including Singapore Literature Prize- winners Amanda Lee Koe and Ng Yi-Sheng.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 25, 2015, with the headline 'Singapore Shelf'. Print Edition | Subscribe