Singapore has been designated Guest-of-Honour Country at the Chennai Book Fair (1-3 June 2016), the first country to be accorded this status in the Fair’s history.
Presented by National Arts Council (NAC) and organised by the Association of Singapore Tamil Writers (ASTW), this is also Singapore’s inaugural national participation, with a delegation of 8 writers and a dedicated Singapore Pavilion. The Singapore Pavilion will organise daily programmes featuring Singapore authors, such as panel discussions, readings, and meet-the-author sessions. Books by Singapore authors Sithuraj Ponraj and JM Sali, as well as the ASTW, will be launched at the Fair.
Some 120 titles by Singapore Tamil writers will be available on display and for sale at the Pavilion. Reprinted classics by Cultural Medallion and SEA Write award winners including Rama Kannabiran, Naa Govindasamy, P Krishnan, JM Sali, KTM Iqbal, and Maa Ilangkanna will be amongst those titles. Readers will also get to sample children’s books in Tamil showcased by Singapore publishers. The Pavilion will also carry selected English titles and English translations of Singapore titles in other languages.