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Book Bites: Singapore Noir Reading

Book BitseA few months ago, the Tiger pointed me to the appearance of another collection of short stories – Singapore Noir. Though intrigued, I only managed to take barely a glance of its Facebook pages before the overload of other events and happenings came.

So when I got reminded of it via one of Books Actually’s bookmarks (which stated their events over the next two months), I made it a point to head down.

Damon Chua, Cheryl Tan, and Colin Goh at the start of the event.
Damon Chua, Cheryl Tan, and Colin Goh at the start of the event.

A collection of 13 stories, Singapore Noir was edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, and is part of an international collection of anthologies, covering the dark side of many major cities around the world. Like its other counterparts, the stories spoke about the darker aspects of Singapore – crimes, scandals, the works.

Editor Cheryl Tan, and contributors, Colin Goh, Colin Cheong, and Damon Chua joined us at Books Actually that night.

Damon Chua, Colin Cheong, Cheryl Tan, and Colin Goh before the reading started.
Damon Chua, Colin Cheong, Cheryl Tan, and Colin Goh before the reading started.

The highlight of that night, for me, was definitely Colin Cheong’s constant insistence on reading Simon Tay’s story due to its intriguing, sexy nature (until he realised that there was a 10-year-old in the crowd. LOL.)

It had been a while since I attended a crime / mystery fiction reading, and I would like to say that I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It was great speaking to the authors and getting the book signed after the main event ended, and it was definitely refreshing to know that there will probably be more of such stories to come.

Perhaps Singapore is that place where everything unravels when you just dig a little deeper. Or perhaps we never had to dig at all.

For more information on Singapore Noir, click here.Blanket Fortress Logo

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