#BuySingLit 2019: BooksActually activates Yong Siak Street, redeem books using GrabReward points and other key initiatives of the industry-led movement
Word on the street
Sing Lit Cloud
Inspired by the success of short story-dispensing vending machines in France, non-profit literary organisation SingLit Station will be installing self-order standing machines with printers at three locations around Singapore: Our Tampines Hub, Mapletree Business City and Library@Harbourfront. The printers will distribute free, bite-sized excerpts of high-quality Singaporean bestsellers on-demand with popular titles including Adrian Lim's 1988 novel Teenage Textbook and Catherine Lim's collection of short paranormal stories, They Do Return...But Gently Lead Them available at the press of a button.
Yong Siak Street Party (16 — 17 March)
Indie bookstore BooksActually will be collaborating with its neighbours along the hip avenue in Tiong Bahru for a weekend-long of unconventional programming. Besides hosting a series of book launches and panel discussions in-store as per usual, visitors would be able to chit chat and exchange stories with a local writer over lunch at the family-run Hainanese restaurant Cheng's, or go on a manhunt for a mystery novelist who'll be wandering the street to score a personalised flash fiction story and book vouchers.
Grab SingLit (8 — 31 March)
Organised by online bookstore Localbooks.sg, Grab users will be able to use their GrabRewards points to redeem a mystery SingLit book gift from any of the participating bookshops and co-working spaces around Singapore. Around 8,000 books are up for grabs with titles including Balik Kampung by Verena Tay and Lieutenant Kurosawa's Errand Boy by Warran Kalasegaran.
Textures (7 — 10 March)
The Arts House's four-day event will attempt to attract and engage new audiences through a buffet of multidisciplinary programmes: get spooked at a ghost story-telling session by Kamini Ramachandran, delve into multilingual poetry in 'anything also can' and drop off fan mail to local authors at 'Dear Author' among other performances, exhibitions and workshops.