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Book Bites: Books Actually 24-Hour Bookstore

Book BitseThe session started with prata. And with prata, the session started.

Okay, not really. However, we were greeted by two pleasant guys who were flipping different flavours of prata for patrons and event participants for the Books Actually 24-Hour Bookstore event held last week. And if that was not enough, we were all greeted by the aroma of coffee as a coffee connoisseur waited to serve up his specialty concoctions.

Although the store was going to be open from 11AM on Good Friday to 11AM the next day, with the following shift being a new one, the events only started at 7PM.

And the Tiger and I headed down to take a look.

Kenny kickstarting the events for the evening
Kenny kickstarting the events for the evening
The crowd coming in that night
The crowd coming in that night

We went for the first two readings planned for the night: From the Belly of the Cat and Body Boundaries, both of which our friend, JY Yang, has contributed to.

From the Belly of the Cat was published by Math Paper Press (Books Actually’s publishing arm), and was launched at the Singapore Writers’ Festival in 2013. Edited by Stephanie Ye, it features a variety of short stories inspired by, including, and based on cats, we had 6 contributors reading for us that day. For more information on the anthology, click here.

J reading "Tiger Baby", a story of a woman who felt the pull of her true identity
J reading “Tiger Baby”, a story of a woman who felt the pull of her true identity
Jon Gresham reading about other people's cats, a story set in Australia
Jon Gresham reading about other people’s cats, a story set in Australia
O Thiam Chin, whose story pretty much revealed both the close relationship a cat would have with its owner and the gruesome truth of how they would survive
O Thiam Chin, whose story pretty much revealed both the close relationship a cat would have with its owner and the gruesome truth of how they would survive
Paul Tan read an amusing story of a kind lady, and talking cats
Paul Tan read an amusing story of a kind lady, and talking cats
Samantha Toh collaborates with Kenny for a while for her story - set in the Cat Temple in Myanmar
Samantha Toh collaborates with Kenny for a while for her story – set in the Cat Temple in Myanmar
And last but not least, Joshua Ip, quirky as he is, reading about monsters attacking Singapore. With Pico as his guest performer
And last but not least, Joshua Ip, quirky as he is, reading about monsters attacking Singapore. With Pico as his guest performer

Body Boundaries was published by The Literary Centre, and was launched at the Arts House earlier this year. Edited by Tania de Rozario, Zarina Muhammad, and Krishna Udayasankar, the anthology comprises the stories women tell, with an all-woman writer’s list. 3 of the contributors were around for the reading, and they all recite and told relatable stories, and poems that stabbed in right the heart. For more information on the anthology, click here.

Generally, we had a good time mingling and listening to the various stories that were told that evening. Many thanks to Kenny and his awesome team at Books Actually for such a great event!

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