Singapore Literature Prize: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye wins English fiction award

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CharlieChanFor the first time, a graphic novel has won the Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) – comic artist Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye took the English fiction award at the SLP ceremony on Thursday (Jul 14) evening.

The graphic novel, which also won the Book of the Year accolade at the Singapore Book Awards in May, tells the story of a comic book artist during the formative years of Singapore’s modern history.

Kitaab’s poetry editor Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde jointly won the Poetry prize for I Didn’t Know Mani Was a Conceptualist. The prize was shared with Cyril Wong.

The prize money of S$107,000 was shared between the winners.

All shortlisted SLP titles are available at MPH Bookstores until October 2017.

2016 SINGAPORE LITERATURE PRIZE WINNERS

TAMIL POETRY

Merit: Singapoor Naanmani Maalai by Varadharajan AK

Merit: Kaatraai Kadanthaai by Sithuraj Ponraj

MALAY POETRY

Winner: Tafsiran Tiga Alam by Hamed Ismail, Hartinah Ahmad and Samsudin Said

CHINESE POETRY

Merit: Zhu Xiang Xiang Er Ju by Gabriel Wu

Merit: Hang Hai Ji Shi by Tang Jui Piow

ENGLISH POETRY

Co-winner: I Didn’t Know Mani Was a Conceptualist by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde

Co-winner: The Lover’s Inventory by Cyril Wong

TAMIL NON-FICTION

Commendation: CK Makadoom Saiboo and Singai Nesan by Kotti Thirumuruganandam

Commendation: Kamban Kaattum Kanaikal by Varadharajan AK

Commendation: Nanavu Desam SG50 by Mohamed Kassim Shanavas

Commendation: Singapoor Tamil Munnodigal by SP Panneer Selvam

MALAY NON-FICTION

Commendation: Sekolahku Tinggal Kenangan by Hafiza Talib

Merit: Rentak Rebana by Ahmad Azmi Haji Mohamed Ishak

CHINESE NON-FICTION

Winner: Wo Suo Zhi Dao De Li Guang Yao by Chin Kah Chong

ENGLISH NON-FICTION

Co-winner: The Sound of SCH: A Mental Breakdown, A Life Journey by Danielle Lim

Co-winner: When the Party Ends by Peh Shing Huei

TAMIL FICTION

Winner: Maariligal by Sithuraj Ponraj

MALAY FICTION

Winner: Air Mata di Arafah by Peter Augustine Goh

CHINESE FICTION

Commendation: Fang Zhu Yu Zhui Zhu by Chia Joo Ming

Commendation: Shuang Kou Ding Yi Cun, Na Xie Nian Na Xie Shi by Cheong Weng Yat

Merit: Xi Fu by Yeng Pway Ngon

ENGLISH FICTION

Winner: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew

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Author: Zafar Anjum

I am a writer based in Singapore.

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