Joelyn's Book Bites

Book Bites: Wena Poon + Jason Lundberg + Stephanie Ye Reading

Book Bitse

The real Cake the Cat. He welcomes you.

When Wena told me about this on Facebook, I was excited. When Kenny confirmed the event as it drew nearer, I was ecstatic.

I went to the reading with Joyce and Avarielle. We arrived at Books Actually rather early, while everyone was still trickling in. Jason arrived first, before Stephanie and Wena.

Having a chat with Jason.
The crowd before it started.

So we had a little talk with Jason, who happens to be the husband of a friend of Joyce. He’s calling for submissions for his upcoming anthology, Fish Eats Lion , to be launched the next Singapore Writers’ Festival, as well as to promote Speculative Fiction in Singapore. You can find more information here.

Wena and Stephanie came later. Poor Wena, she came right after four hours of talking and presentations for “Words Go Round” activities. Despite all that, she was ready to go.

Wena reading her “thesis defense” =)

The readings started with Wena, who read from her Biophilia Omnibus – first, what she called her “thesis defense”, a.k.a. what inspired her to write Biophilia, and second, a scene from Solar Flare, the fourth instalment. One thing I really like about this reading was that Wena made it very engaging – she manages to engage the reader well and have them envision the scene really well.

Jason’s turn for his reading. He was coughing that day but it was still pretty good.

Jason went next, reading from Red Dot Irreal. It was rather symbolic, I felt. That, or it was just a hazard of being a rather enthusiastic Literature student in my “O” Level days. His story was set in a dentist’s room, where his protagonist was getting treated and in the middle of his unconsciousness, he levitated (possibly powered by sorrow).

Stephanie’s reading from another angle.

Stephanie was the third reader at the session. Now, her reading was really interesting because it took a form of a letter from space. While I was sure that Avarielle got excited, it was a nice glimpse into the perspective of someone writing a letter from space. According to Stephanie, it took years for letters from space to reach their destinations back on earth.

Events at Books Actually have and always been nothing less than welcoming and enjoyable, so this was one event that was so. However, I would really like to thank the staff at Books Actually for letting me plan this surprise for Joyce.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOYCE =)

So yes, it was Joyce’s Birthday and thanks to her husband, we managed to pull off this surprise, celebrating her birthday with everyone else.

Everyone else was really sporting and joined in with the celebration itself so a BIG THANK YOU to everyone else!!

Pico the cat says “bye” =)

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