Ethos Books is busting out of our sleepy corner in Bishan to bring our annual festive book sale closer to you! Join us at the Substation's Gallery from Friday to Sunday (1-3 December) for three days of festive deals, with good books going for as low as $2. This year, we have a special vintage book section ready for you to scour—revisit timeless works that we are bringing out from our vault at unbelievable prices!
Other festivities we've lined up for you: A series of author programmes, kickass food and beverages from partners, and a limited-edition Ethos tote bag for every $30 spent!
Author Programmes for Sat, 2 Dec
1PM - 2PM: Peranakan Stories with Grandma
(For ages 6 - 12) Read along with Grandma Wai Han from Ethos Books as she takes you into the Peranakan home of Puteh in Chilli Padi (Adeline Foo), a tale of friendship and loyalty. Let your young ones learn more about the Peranakan culture and language in this short storytelling session, accompanied by poems on Peranakan culture by Aileen Lau. Colouring sheets from Chili Padi will be given to all children!
3PM - 4PM: Writing with the children of Cisarua and the Rohingya refugees
Prabhu Silvam and Theophi Kwek have ventured beyond Singapore to write for the refugee crisis in their own capacities as journalist and poet/researcher respectively. How did they get involved in their causes, and how have they used their writing to support the people they've met? Join them as they share more about the causes they're working with, and the value of writing in a world that presents the global refugee crises in statistics.
Find out more about the children of Cisarua here: https://www.refugeesofcisarua.com/
Find out more about the Rohingya here:
5PM - 6PM: Speaking from Memory with Charmaine Chan and Charmaine Leung
How do you reconcile with grief, regret, and what has come to pass? Join Charmaine Chan, author of The Magic Circle and Charmaine Leung, author of 17A Keong Saik Road as they meet (at last!) and interview each other about their books, their methods of memoir writing, and the importance of honesty in writing.
Author Programmes for Sun, 3 Dec
1PM - 2PM: New narratives with New Naratif
Tired of newsfeed links with clickbait titles and scampy writing? What if you could access original investigative pieces that provide actual information and insight instead of the latest attention grabbing news? Well, you can! Come meet Pingtjin Thum and the team at New Naratif, a budding platform for journalism, art, research, and community-building for the people of Southeast Asia, as they talk about their current research and directions for the platform. PJ Thum is also one of the editors of Living with Myths in Singapore.
3PM - 4PM: Storytelling and Christmas Crafts with Fleur Vella-Chang
(For ages 3 - 6) What do animals do on their day off from the zoo? Let Fleur take you through the adventures and friendships of Gus the tiger and his fellow animal friends as they travel across Singapore and make a new friend along the way! After readings, it's time to get crafting! Each child will get to create and decorate their own Mabel the Penguin Christmas Tree ornament with Fleur.
5PM - 6PM: Ask Me Anything with The Art of Advocacy
If you could ask anything about advocacy in Singapore, what would your question be? Join us for an exciting, no-holds-barred Q&A with the editors of The Art of Advocacy, Margaret Thomas and Constance Singam. They'll tackle and take down any burning questions you have about what it means to be an advocate, the state of advocacy in Singapore, where to get started, and everything in between! Look forward to other contributors from the book which will be joining the session too! (to be revealed soon!)