For 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