It’s a gilded tome of intimate, wrought writings – this anthology, titled Ars Moriendi: Writings on the Art of Dying. Published by Lien Foundation and Squircle Line Press, Ars Moriendi commemorates the 600th anniversary of the original Latin work, the first of its kind in western literature to provide guidance towards dying well. The anthology has been named a finalist – all finalists being of equal merit – under the Death & Dying category at the 2015 USA Best Book Awards. The editor of the book is Singapore poet-novelist Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé. Incidentally, Desmond’s novel, Singular Acts of Endearment, also placed as a finalist in two other categories, that of Multicultural Fiction and Visionary Fiction.
“I was elated when I was told my works got picked in three categories,” Desmond says. “It’s like a hat-trick, albeit it the near-miss of a win. It’s really an honour for the books to have made it this far in the awards selection, so I’m really grateful and appreciative. It’s a first mention for Ars Moriendi, so that really made my day. Also because it’s such a meaningful project.”