Kitaab will launch three new titles at this year’s Singapore Writers Festival, to be held on 9-14 November in Singapore.
The new titles to be launched are The Throne, a novel by award-winning Singaporean writer Isa Kamari, Singapore at Home: Life across Lines, an anthology of short stories edited by Pallavi Narayan and Iman Fahim Hameed, and You, and Others, a collection of poems by debutant author, Devendra Bisaria.
The Throne by Isa Kamari
The Throne is the gripping story of a person suffering from schizophrenia in modern Singapore. The narrative traces the alienation and failures that he faces from teenage years to adulthood which result in the mental disorder. It is both realistic and allegorical at the same time and makes use of poetry to bring together parts of the prose seamlessly. The novel also attempts to explore the intricate relationship between insanity, creativity and spirituality.
“The Throne is a culmination of my literary voice in which poetry and prose are fused seamlessly and reflected upon one another,” said Isa Kamari. “It is also my attempt to heal a fragmented worldview by offering a vision that is hinged upon the unity of the temporal and spiritual. And I would like to thank Kitaab for the trust and platform to present it to my readers.”
The Throne will be launched via Zoom on 14 Nov Sun, 10:00am – 10.30am (Zoom), and is Free to attend. Register here to attend. Poet and author Alvin Pang will moderate the launch via Zoom while author Isa Kamari will join virtually from Canada.
Singapore at Home: Life across Lines – Edited by Pallavi Narayan and Iman Fahim Hameed
Stories from this anthology offer a rare glimpse into the lives of a diverse cross-section of the island-state’s residents, and invite us into their most intimate space—home. Immigrants, migrants, expats, settled generations bring us into their bedrooms, balconies, kitchens and other spaces, their heartaches, traumas, dreams and desires. In so doing, they reshape their life experiences and their relationships with those whom they share their home.
Welcoming the launch, Pallavi Narayan and Iman Fahim Hameed, the editors of Singapore at Home: Life across Lines, said, “We are delighted that we will get to launch our anthology at Singapore Writers Festival 2021, and are super excited for our panel.” Pallavi further stated, “Having moderated book launches at SWF for the last few years, launching my edited book on this amazing platform is a dream. To have the local writing community give our work this recognition makes me feel so happy.” “I love that our anthology is being launched among works celebrating the complicated relationships between guilt and pleasure in the choices we make. How apt!” added Iman.
Singapore at Home will be launched on 9 Nov Tue, 6:30pm – 7pm (The Arts House – Play Den), and is Free to attend. Register here to attend. Poet and author Shilpa Dikshit will be the moderator for this session.
Singapore at Home is available here and at Kinokuniya bookstores. Both paperback edition and ebooks are available globally from Amazon.com. During the SWF, copies will be available at the festival bookstore.
You, and Others by Devendra Bisaria
The poems in this collection, written over a period of almost three decades, showcase the diversity of Devendra’s poetic styles, at times traditional, at times surrealist. The content is equally wide-ranging, from romantic prose to stark word imagery. The use of language is free and without constraint. Throughout, the reader will find the deep insights Devendra has gained from a lifelong study of the human condition, its limitations and ambitions as well as its possibilities. The motifs of dreams, moon, night, colours and elements of nature running through his poems, provide the constant connection to the underlying humanity and its values.
“I am delighted to be publishing my first book of poetry and very grateful to Kitaab International for enabling this,” said Devendra. “I am all the more excited that my book has been selected for launch at the Singapore Writers Festival in November 2021.”
“The book contains poems written from my teenage years onwards so I am hoping that all readers will find something there that will resonate with them and make it a success,” he added.
You, and Others will be launched on 9 Nov Tue, 8pm – 8.30pm (The Arts House – Play Den), and is Free to attend. Register here to attend. Poet and author Neil Daswani will moderate this session.
During the SWF, copies of the book will be available at the festival bookstore.