Mark your calendars! Join us for an author session with Daryl Yeap, who will be speaking about her book, 'The King's Chinese', which chronicles the incredible life of the “merchant prince of Penang”, Yeap Chor Ee. A penniless migrant from China, Yeap Chor Ee started out in Penang as a barber but rose to become Penang’s richest man and one of the state’s greatest philanthropists. This book is invaluable in providing insight into the pulsing commercial centre that was pre-war Penang, and of a Malayan peninsula that was undergoing rapid change. Book signing to follow the discussion.
That’s right. The wait is almost over! We’re counting down to the release of Margaret Atwood’s much-anticipated sequel to her 1985 critically acclaimed novel The Handmaid’s Tale. We’ve got something cooking with the ladies from Two Book Nerds Talking on The Testament’s global release day, Sept 10, and we’d love for you to join in on the fun! Details and tickets for the event are now up (price of ticket works as a rebate towards the purchase of the book). Link in profile. If you’re unable to attend the event but would like to PREORDER the book, drop us a message!
Technology has fractured democracy, and now there's no going back. This urgent book by Martin Moore (director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, and a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London) reveals how all around the world, the fringes have stormed the palace of the elites and unleashed data miners, dark ads and bots on an unwitting public. After years of soundbites about connecting people, the social media giants are only just beginning to admit to the scale of the problem. We stand on the precipice of an era where switching your mobile platform will have more impact on your life than switching your government. (Paperback, RM55.90)
Happy National Day to our neighbour down south! Assessments of Singapore’s history invariably revolve around Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in 1819. Pre-1819 Singapore was thought of as a sleepy, historically insignificant fishing village. This ambitious book, co-written by four of Singapore’s foremost historians, offers an assertive re-evaluation of that view and instead firmly situates Singapore’s starting point to 700 years ago. Drawing from the latest archaeological discoveries and an extensive range of archival, textual and cartographical records, the authors cast a singular historical trajectory for Singapore over the past seven centuries. Written in a compelling and accessible manner, and richly illustrated with more than 200 artefacts, photographs, maps, artwork and ephemera, Seven Hundred Years widens the historical lens and provides a new perspective to the story of Singapore. (Paperback, RM104.90)
Zaitoun by Yasmin Khan is a dazzling celebration of Palestinian cuisine, featuring more than 80 modern recipes, captivating stories and stunning travel photography. (Hardback, RM149.90)
This delightful tome features inspirational stories of 50 famous and under-celebrated women from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Along them are illustrious entertainers (Meera Syal, Jameela Jamil, Mindy Kaling), pioneering business leaders (Indra Nooyi, Anjali Sud, Ruchi Sanghvi) and a host of other remarkable but less well-known, figures (the British Muslim spy Noor Inayat Khan and fearless activist Jayaben Desai, among others). Illustrated with striking portraits by 10 international South Asian female artists. (Hardback, RM74.90)
#FRIDAYFICTION : Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli is an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border — an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity. (Trade paperback, RM79.90)
#AboutLastNight : Thank you everyone who braved the storm and traffic to come see @tash .aw yesterday! It was a wonderful night of conversation and camaraderie. For those who missed it, we’ve recorded the session, and we will be posting it up on our website soon. Stay tuned for updates!
#FRIDAYFICTION : Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late 20s, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. With stunning urgency and grace, Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. (Hardback, RM77.90) We also have Vuong’s book of poetry, Night Sky with Exit Wounds. (Paperback, RM64.90)