By Daryl Qilin Yam
Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 240 pages/ $24.90/Major bookstores and epigrambooks.sg
While holidaying in Tokyo, a young man without a soul runs into the mysterious Mr Five - a kappa, or water spirit. Atmospheric, surreal and masterfully told through an off-kilter cast of characters lost and lonely, this exciting new read comes from the longlist of the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.
NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR CHILLI SAUCE
By Constance Singam
Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 184 pages/ $35.90/Major bookstores and epigrambooks.sg
Constance Singam - the fiery civil society activist who fought for the marginalised and tackled issues such as domestic violence against women - has her mother's Keralan cooking to thank for sparking her love of food.
In this book - a charming mix of memoir and cookbook - she taps on the tastes and smells she grew up with and recounts the evolution of food in Singapore against the backdrop of the country's changing society over the last 70 years.
PHOTOGRAPHY IN SOUTH- EAST ASIA: A SURVEY
By Zhuang Wubin
NUS Press/ Hardcover/ 524 pages/$48/ Various bookstores, including NUS Press Shop, Books Kinokuniya, Basheer Graphic Books and Select Books
This hefty tome charts how photographic practices emerged and evolved in South-east Asia, reaching as far back as the colonial era, when photographic technology landed in the hands of local photo- graphers here from visiting practitioners.
There are chapters dedicated to individual countries, from Laos to Vietnam, making for a solid and intriguing look at how photography took root around the region and how images and image-making had a hand in shaping society, culture and politics.
POETRY AND PHOTOGRAPHY
THIS IS NOT A SAFETY BARRIER: AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY & PHOTOGRAPHY
Edited by Marc Nair and Yen Phang
Ethos Books/Paperback/144 pages/ $18.70/Major bookstores
This collection of poems and photographs from 69 contributors, ranging from published poets to students to migrant workers, is out to push the boundaries.
They challenge barriers - from the physical to the ideological - in Singapore, a country riding a constant wave of development and change.