Make a date for July 29

The Big Read Meet turns two this month.

Thank you for your strong support of this book club since its inception on July 17, 2013, as seen in your standing room-only turnouts to meet authors such as Professor Wang Gungwu, Dr Ooi Kee Beng, former Civil Service chief Lim Siong Guan and collaboration champion Margaret Heffernan.

Join senior writer Cheong Suk-Wai to toast this milestone on July 29 at the Central Public Library in basement 1 of the National Library Board headquarters in 100 Victoria Street.

The book up for discussion is American composer Philip Glass' autobiography Words Without Music. In it, Glass tells of how he operated cranes, drove cabs and installed toilets to make ends meet while he chased his dream of making a difference with music.

More importantly, perhaps, are his ideas on what music is, why compassion matters and how one could leave the world a little better than when one came into it.

Sign up for the session at any e-Kiosk in any NLB branch or click on www.nlb. gov.sg/golibrary, look for The Big Read Meet listing and follow the steps there.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 19, 2015, with the headline 'Make a date for July 29'. Print Edition | Subscribe