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#BuySingLit 2019: BooksActually activates Yong Siak Street, redeem books using GrabReward points and other key initiatives of the industry-led movement

#BuySingLit 2019: BooksActually activates Yong Siak Street, redeem books using GrabReward points and other key initiatives of the industry-led movement

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Text: Aravin Sandran


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.
#BuySingLit 2019: BooksActually activates Yong Siak Street, redeem books using GrabReward points and other key initiatives of the industry-led movement (фото 1)

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.

 

#BuySingLit 2019 will run over two weekends: 8 to 10 March and 15 to 17 March.

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