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NLB saga: New judges for Singapore Literature Prize

Published on Aug 26, 2014 2:35 PM
The three judges who quit the judging panel for the English non-fiction category of the Singapore Literature Prize 2014 - (from left) prominent arts educator T. Sasitharan, former journalist Romen Bose and humanities professor Robin Hemley - will be replaced with new appointees. -- PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG, ROMEN BOSE, YALE NUS COLLEGE WEBSITE

Three new judges have been appointed to replace those who quit the judging panel for the Singapore Literature Prize earlier this year, in protest against the National Library Board's removal and pulping of controversial children's titles.

NLB is among some 40 members with a presence on the National Book Development Council of Singapore, which organises the Singapore Literature Prize.

This is the first time the biennial award has offered 12 top prizes of up to $10,000 each for the best works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry in Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. In previous years, fiction competed with poetry for one award in each language.

Mr T. Sasitharan, a prominent arts educator; former journalist Romen Bose; and humanities professor Robin Hemley were originally to judge the English non-fiction category of the prize. However, they resigned in mid-July after news reports revealed that the library had removed And Tango Makes Three, based on the true story of two male penguins which hatched an egg in a New York zoo; The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption, featuring a lesbian couple among others; and Who's In My Family?: All About Our Families, which features various family structures.

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