Spotted reading Warrior by Marie Brennan

Reading Warrior by Marie Brennan

 

For this week, we have a Kindle owner!

Warrior, formerly titled Doppelganger, is a YA fantasy novel. Unfortunately, the public libraries here do not have this book but they do have Marie Brennan’s other titles. Preview the titles here or purchase Warrior online.

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Children’s app developer looking for characters & settings from local works

 

SK Planet, the developer of children’s app Play Doll, is looking for characters and background settings created by local authors and illustrators to be programmed into the app.

The app is suitable for children from 4-8, they can inhabit characters with their faces, set up backgrounds in the app, record their own stories with animations and their voices.  SK Planet is the leading internet player in apps, media and commerce, spun out from Korea’s #1 carrier, SK Telecom.

Come and meet SK Planet to learn more about the app. If you are interested in sharing your works with them, please feel free to bring along your book, manuscript and/or illustrations.

 

Publishers Writers Network: Play Doll for Story Making

Date: 6 November 2012, Tuesday

Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Earshot, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

Free admission.

 

Click here to register.

Download flyer.

 

Contact:

info@bookcouncil.sg

(65) 6848 8290

Reader Snapshots!

Watch out for us as we travel along MRT train routes to look for readers on the go! And to kick start the project, we have Kenneth from the Book Council sharing his current read.

Reading American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Read the book’s wiki page!

And you can find American Born Chinese in the public libraries. Click here to view the list of libraries.

Writing & Editing Pictorial Storytelling

Jerome Hinds is conducting a series of three workshops!

Attend the workshops, either at individual rates or bundle rates, and perfect your skills in writing for graphic novels, manga and comics.  A Certificate of Attendance or  Certificate of Completion endorsed by the Academy of Literary Arts and Publishing (ALAP) and the Association of Comic Artists Singapore (ACAS) will be awarded to all participants.

Register now!

About Jerome Hinds

Jerome Hinds, President of the Association of Comic Artists Singapore (ACAS) has spent over 25 years in the design, marketing and advertising industry, working as a Creative Director, Art Director and Chief Copywriter. He has written, directed and designed an award winning 3D animation, and worked with ex-Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief, Tom DeFalco (Marvel’s longest running Spider-Man writer) on a short story of his own Singapore born super heroin creation, Singapore Sling. Jerome is the creator and editor of Singapore’s first all-colour USA format comicbook, Get Carter!, and continues to edit and publish much of the Association members’ content.

Workshop 1:Writing Graphic Novels, Manga & Comic with Jerome Hinds*

*Register for this workshop and receive a free goody bag of ACAS newsletter, comics, toy figurine and calendar

Date: 27 November 2012

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: Imagination Room, National Library Board

Individual Workshop Rate: S$180

Course Outline

Tools you will learn: Mechanics unique to sequential art storytelling

* Introduction to comic writing disciplines

* Creating a concept

* Deriving stories from a concept

* The principles of compressed and decompressed storytelling

* Understanding elements of layout, lettering, balloon placement and word count

* Building characterisations

* Dialogue construction and evaluation

* Basic character/cast design tips (no drawing experience required)

* Script formatting

* Short script assignment for later submission and potential publication
Ideal for 

* Writers who like graphic novels, manga, comics and fantasy

* Writers who would like to try out writing for comics

* Artists who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Language educators

* Art educators

* Literary agents and representatives

What you will receive:
* Certificate of Attendance (from ALAP and ACAS) will be awarded

* Free Goody Bag (includes ACAS newsletter, comics, toy figurine, calendar)

* Workshop handouts


Refreshments:

Two tea breaks will be provided

Workshop 2: Editing Comics, Graphic Novels and Manga with Jerome Hinds

Date: 29 January 2013

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: ChartNexus Learning Centre

Individual Workshop Rate: S$220

Course Outline

Tools you will learn: Mechanics unique to sequential art storytelling

* Introduction to comic writing and editorial disciplines

* Primary objectives of a comic, manga and graphic novel editor

* Target market awareness and common adherences

* Identifying a sequentially good or bad concept

* Evaluating story content

* Evaluating page content

* The principles of compressed and decompressed storytelling

* Understanding elements of layout, lettering, balloon placement and word count

* Matching talent

* Workflow management and milestones

* Masthead design disciplines

* Print vs online specifics

* Production essentials

* Markets overview

Ideal for

* Editors who would like to expand their skillset

* Writers who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Artists who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Language educators

* Art educators

* Literary agents and representatives

What you will receive

* Certificate of Attendance (from ALAP and ACAS) will be awarded

* Workshop handouts
Refreshments

* Two tea breaks will be provided.

Workshop 3: Transform a Book Manuscript into a Comic Script with Jerome Hinds

Date: 26 February 2013

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: ChartNexus Learning Centre

Individual Registration Fee: S$250

Course Outline

Tools you will learn: Mechanics unique to sequential art storytelling

* Introduction to comics and the art of sequential storytelling

* Primary objectives of a comic, manga and graphic novel

* Establishing storytelling methodologies

* Achieving end product requirements

* Pacing and charting

* Chapterising

* Pagenating

* Panel disciplines

* Narrative and dialogue evaluation

Ideal for

* Book publishers who would like to explore sequential storytelling

* Writers who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Artists who are interested in working within the sequential imaging industry

* Language educators

* Art educators

* Literary agents and representatives

What you will receive

* Certificate of Attendance (from ALAP and ACAS) will be awarded

* Workshop handouts

Refreshments

* Two tea breaks will be provided

Bundle Deals

Workshop 1 + 2 + 3: S$590 (Savings of S$60)

Workshop 1 + 2: S$360 (Savings of S$40)

Workshop 1 + 3: S$390 (Savings of S$40)

Workshop 2 + 3: S$430  (Savings of S$40)

Register now!

Enquires

Email: prema@bookcouncil.sg or mra@bookcouncil.sg

Call: (65) 6848 8297 or 6848 8293

For more information, please download this brochure. 

Editors Boot Camp

Editors Boot Camp for Fiction and Children’s Literature Editors

Date: 5-7 November 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: Living room, The Arts House

Price per pax: $200 (lunch and tea breaks provided daily)

Registration: www.bookcouncil.sg/_courses/register.php

Enquiries: Ms Premadevi, prema@bookcouncil.sg, Tel: 6848 8297

 

A three-day master class for editors of fiction and children’s literature offering in-depth training and exposure to the entire value chain. Learn about acquisitions, writing incisive editorial letters, developing a critical eye, contracts, marketing and distribution. Through hands-on activities in joint sessions and break-out sessions, the camp will hone your skills in developmental editing, proof-reading and crafting eye-catching blurbs. Singaporean participants in the camp will also have an opportunity to be selected to continue on a year-long virtual mentorship with an international editor or an overseas attachment in an international publishing house.

About the Trainers

Children’s Literature Editor

Cheryl Klein is the Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota in 2000. Books she has edited include Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Medal; A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the ALA’s inaugural William C. Morris Award for a Young Adult Debut novel; Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, winner of the Christopher Award, and an Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids selection on “The Today Show”; and The Snow Day by Komako Sakai, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Cheryl published a collection of her speeches on writing, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, in March 2011.  She also served as the continuity editor on the last two Harry Potter books. Please visit her editorial website at cherylklein.com.

Fiction Editor

Francesca Main graduated from the University of Warwick in 2002 and began her publishing career with an internship at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency before joining Penguin Books UK.  There, she worked in the editorial department at the Hamish Hamilton imprint, which publishes such writers as Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, Alain de Botton and Paul Theroux.  She became a Commissioning Editor for Simon & Schuster UK in 2007, where she acquired, edited and published literary and commercial fiction, including novels by Monique Roffey, Edward Hogan, Mark Watson, Neil Cross and Penny Hancock.

Francesca joined Picador as Editorial Director in 2011, on the eve of the imprint’s 40th anniversary.  She publishes literary fiction with a broad appeal, and is particularly focused on acquiring new writers for the list.  As a result, she is working with a number of debut novelists whose first books will hit the shelves in 2013.

In February 2011, Francesca was selected by the British Council to participate in a UK editors’ tour of China, meeting writers, publishers and translators in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai.  She has also been guest editor for the Geneva Writers’ Group, and a guest speaker for the Arvon Foundation, Faber Academy and a number of British universities including UEA, Warwick and Oxford.

Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) 2012 Shortlist

The National Book Development Council of Singapore is pleased to announce the shortlisted works for the Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) 2012.

 

The shortlisted titles are not listed in order of merit:

English category

  1. This Mortal World (Poetry) – Leonard Ng
  2. The Mental Life of Cities (Poetry) – Eddie Tay
  3. The Beating & Other Stories (Short Stories) – Dave Chua
  4. They hear salt crystallising (Poetry) – Teng Qian Xi

Chinese category

  1. 画室 (Hua Shi, Novel) – 英培安 (Yeng Pway Ngon)
  2. 剑桥诗学 (Cambridge Poetics, Poetry) – 陈志锐 (Tan Chee Lay)
  3. 你的名字 (Ni De Ming Zi, Poetry) – 梁钺 (Neo Choon Hong)
  4. 追随河流的方向 (Zhui Sui He Liu De Fang Xiang, Poetry) – 邹璐 (Zou Lu)
  5. 舞魂 (Wuhun, Short Stories) – 怀鹰 (Lee Seng Chan)

Malay category

  1. Dongeng Utopia: Kisah Cek Yah (Novel) – Yazid Hussein
  2. Jago Yang Terlupa Dilupakan (Short Stories) – Ahmad Jaaffar Bin Munasip
  3. Kerana Setitik Madu (Short Stories) – Peter Augustine Goh Mey Teck
  4. Secangkir Ceritera (Short Stories) – Rohman Munasip

Tamil category

  1.  En Vaanam Naan Megam (Short Story) – Masilamani Anbalagan
  2.  Vizhikkullethaan Vellayum Karuppum (Poetry) – Yousuf Rowther Rajid Ahmed
  3. Antha Naan Illai Naan (Poetry) – Marimuthu Arumugam Elango
  4. Kavithai Kuzhanthaikal (Poetry) – Ramanathan Vairavan

 

The winners will be announced at the Singapore Literature Prize 2012 Award Ceremony, which will be organised as part of the Singapore Writers Festival 2012.

 

Singapore Literature Prize 2012 Award Ceremony

Date:      9 November 2012

Time:      7.00pm

Venue:   The Pod, Level 16, NLB

 

The Award Ceremony is by invitation only. SWF participants and other members of the public who wish to attend the SLP Award Ceremony will have to register with the Book Council.

 

For more information on the Singapore Literature Prize, please visit the web page.

Call for Volunteers!

Asian Expressions (AEX) offers the unique experience of meeting writers, translators, publishers and other literary professionals who are involved in the creation and publication of works written in Singapore’s official languages – English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

The Book Council is therefore looking for cheerful, committed and responsible volunteers to help run the programme. As a volunteer, you will receive:

  • Free admission to programmes on the day you volunteer
  • Free meals on the day you volunteer
  • A letter of appreciation from the Book Council
  • Invaluable experience in managing a literary event

To sign up as a volunteer, please email filzah@bookcouncil.sg!