Book launches in May! Deadline reminders and SWF things

Competition Deadlines of May:

Commonwealth short story competition – Deadline: 11 May 2009

Mentor Access Project – Deadline: 15 May 2009

Golden Point Award (poetry/short story competition) – Deadline: 29 May 2009

On book launch applications:

Secondly, yo! You guys, yes you. Got a book you’re launching this year? Deadline is 12 June 2009 to apply for a book launch during the Singapore Writers Festival from 24th October to 1st November. Download the from here: SWFappform or you can email for it. Since I have it here though, you don’t need to email the person for it.

Of 2 book launches in May!

Hohohoho… Yesssss, well okay one of them isn’t a book launch exactly. One’s a reading and discussion while the other is a book launch.


Book: Paper Boat by Rajat Das.

Date: 16 May 2009

Time: 2.30pm

Location: Kinokuniya Book Store, Takashimaya.

More info on Kino’s webby here but I’ll copy paste the summary and stuff here in case the page isn’t a permalink!

The first local Indian literature set in East Bengal in the early 20th century, Paper Boat is as much a romance recalling courage, heroism and fortitude, as it is a chronicle of an improbable Bengali society struggling with its reformation.

Join us at Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, Crossroads on 16th May 2009, 2.30 p.m. to hear the thoughts of first-time author Rajat Das in penning this book – a book that took shape within him for over three decades.

Readers of Paper Boat will be treated to an extraordinary story of a popular and capable woman, Nalini, who was born several decades ahead of her time, and her young daughter Rani. Nalini was about to become the head of the Village Council when she was suddenly struck down with a serious illness. At the tender age of nine, her filial daughter Rani chose to risk her own life to seek out the only way to save her mother. Will Rani succeed in saving her mother’s life and keep her own? Get your copy of Paper Boat now to find out!

Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooh. Sounds exciting in a girl powaaah way. Unfortunately, I’ll be at a wedding, no, not mine. That’s silly. But my friend’s wedding! Yay! Got to find a nice outfit to wear though, gaaah. Oh right, the main point is, if anyone goes there. Feel free to comment and give me a feedback on how the book launch is, alright?

MEANWHILE… At the Singapore Book Club

Date: 22 May 2009

Location: The Arts House, Earshot Cafe, Singapore

Time: 7 PM – 8.30 PM

“Journey of a Singapore Book”

Wena Poon and her guest Sharon Bakar take a behind-the-scenes look at the journey of “Lions In Winter”, a locally published book that garnered international recognition and is now slated for worldwide re-release through a UK publisher. They will discuss the challenges of international publication and distribution faced by local writers. Organized by National Book Development Council. Open to public. Free admission.

Okay, there’s a LOT of info on this one, from Wena’s main website to the email-ers I got from the National Arts Council. The emailer said to register at or for more info. However, the emailer thing is rubbishy because it is in JPG form. Sure, it’s pretty when you print it out or whatever but it’s rubbish if one tries to copy paste the words and can’t do it.

You can note I don’t like jpg emailers very much since it’s not web accessible to all unless they have alternate text on it… But anywhooooooo.

Summary of the emailer on who Wena Poon and Sharon Bakar goes like this:

Wena Poon: Writer of “Lions In Winter” and just finished a new collection of stories called “The Proper Care of Foxes”. Her webby with her full about page is

Somehow I’m seeing a theme of animals here…

Sharon Bakar: Freelance writer and teacher-trainer based in Kuala Lumpur. Appeared in a bunch of Malaysian publications and her blog is

On another note, I’m gonna see if my friends will come with me. We want to bug Wena after the session regarding Biophilia and of wanting Gromer (since it’ll be rude and odd to talk on it during the session when other people might not know what the heck it’s about!).

Well, we know we wanted to bug her during the Singapore Writers Festival near at the end of the year but since she’ll come soon, then… Yess… If anything, I’ll just grab messages from my friends to pass on or something.

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