When did you last read a book written by a Singaporean? Bookworms would've already delved into the internationally acclaimed Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe and Eisner-winning The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew. But there are more literary gems to discover in Singapore than your usual suspects on the bestsellers' list.
Thus, explore (or surf digitally) around these literary locales for underrated reads and exclusive native tales.
A favourite among local bibliophiles, this independent book haunt located at the quaint Tiong Bahru neighbourhood specialises in Singapore Literature such as poetry and fiction. Founded by Kenny Leck, BooksActually also produces books through its in-house publishing arm, Math Paper Press.
Pooja Nansi (Love is An Empty Barstool) and O Thiam Chin (Love, or Something Like Love) are some of many talented writers you can unearth in this literary treasure trove. Furthermore, keep your eyes peeled as there are rare out-of-print titles hidden in BookActually's stocked shelves too.
BooksActually is located at 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645. Or head over to BooksActually Online shop and complete your bare shelves without leaving the house.
Although an outpost, the famed Japanese bookstore is a go-to for quality books and magazines in various languages. Head over to its Ngee Ann City flagship outlet for a one-stop-shop experience that includes book-related merchandise like stationery, DVDs, and games.
Besides having a well-filled local section, Books Kinokuniya also hosts author-led events periodically that allows readers to have exclusive insights on their latest releases.
Books Kinokuniya has three outlets in Singapore, including their Ngee Ann City flagship store. Also, access Books Kinokuniya Web Bookstore for exclusive online deals.
With a mantra "There isn't a child in the world who can do without a book", we know online-based children text experts Closetful of Books is a trustworthy source for magical tales. Because its popularity among local schools is a great indication.
Founders Denise Tan and Kelvin Ng visit schools to organise book fairs with curated titles. In addition, they provide library consultancy services that'll boost a reading collection. Parents and teachers can also attend workshops that promote reading for pleasure.
Head over to Closetful of Books online for more information.
Interested in Chinese culture? Head over to City Book Room. The Mandarin-oriented book store strives to preserve its corresponding heritage and values through written publishings.
Located conveniently near Bras Basah Complex, the quaint space also carries mandarin-translated editions of Math Paper Press titles.
City Book Room is located at 420 North Bridge Road, #03-10 North Bridge Centre, Singapore 188727.
Another respected local publisher, Ethos Books is instrumental in providing a voice to minorities and emerging writers from diverse backgrounds. By taking a collaborative approach and putting authors' ideas, Ethos Books hustles to bring their voices and vision to fruition.
From the acclaimed This is What Inequality Looks Like by Teo Yeo Yenn and Corridors by celebrated playwright Alfian Sa'at, these alternative perspectives will make you ponder on the lesser-known details of Singapore.
Ethos Books' can be reached through its online webpage.
Doing research or have an appreciation for the Mandarin language? At Grassroots Book Room, patrons can find ample tomes on all things Chinese. From China and foreign history to modern literature and philosophy, one can expand knowledge and satisfy curiosity for culture.
Lifestyle enthusiasts, you can find graphic pictorials and food-focused writings within the towering shelves. Yes, there are also English local titles with Western and Japanese-translated literature too. Keen eyes will spot Katasumi Koohii, a hidden Taiwanese-owned café located in the bookstore.
Grassroots Book Room is located at 25 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089839.
There's nothing better than to read with a warm cuppa flat white. Hence, Huggs Coffee and Epigram have teamed up to create a space that only offers Singapore books. That's right. Be it books about Singapore, books written by Singaporean authors or books published by Singaporean publishers, they are available here.
The 980 square feet space also host meet-the-author sessions and panel discussions on contemporary topics in the literary sphere.
Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop is located at 45 Maxwell Road, #01-01, Singapore 069118. In addition, Epigram-published books can be purchased through its website.
The brand name says it all. You just got to click, cart, and deliver. LocalBooks.sg specialises in Singaporean titles, ranging from literary fiction, children’s books, graphic novels, and mouth-watering recipes.
No matter if Singaporean readers make an order locally or overseas, this online bookstore hopes they would grow with stories penned from and about home.
Access LocalBooks.sg anywhere from your computer 24/7.
A neighbour of BooksActually, imagination and colour fills the space of this children-focused bookstore. But age doesn't apply here as the young at heart frequent Woods in the Books too.
Filled with visually appealing hardcovers to illustrated interpretations of cultural classics, everyone can escape into enjoyable distinctive dreamscapes easily through Woods in the Books' curated collection.
Woods In The Books is located at No. 3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168642.
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