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
Merit: Singapoor Naanmani Maalai by Varadharajan AK
Merit: Kaatraai Kadanthaai by Sithuraj Ponraj
Winner: Tafsiran Tiga Alam by Hamed Ismail, Hartinah Ahmad and Samsudin Said
Merit: Zhu Xiang Xiang Er Ju by Gabriel Wu
Merit: Hang Hai Ji Shi by Tang Jui Piow
Co-winner: I Didn’t Know Mani Was a Conceptualist by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde
Co-winner: The Lover’s Inventory by Cyril Wong
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
Commendation: Sekolahku Tinggal Kenangan by Hafiza Talib
Merit: Rentak Rebana by Ahmad Azmi Haji Mohamed Ishak
Winner: Wo Suo Zhi Dao De Li Guang Yao by Chin Kah Chong
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
Winner: Maariligal by Sithuraj Ponraj
Winner: Air Mata di Arafah by Peter Augustine Goh
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
Winner: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew