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LAUNCH: "Bite Harder: Open Letters & Close Readings", Jee Leong Koh

  • City Book Room 420 North Bridge Road Singapore, 188727 Singapore (map)

Ethos Books presents the launch of Bite Harder: Open Letters & Close Readings written by Koh Jee Leong.

Join us on Saturday, 18 August at City Book Room from 2:30pm, to find out more about Jee Leong's first collection of essays, a vital contribution to the nascent genre of literary essays and the field of cultural criticism in Singapore. The afternoon will also feature poetry readings by Singaporean poets, Cyril Wong and Yeow Kai Chai. 

Bite Harder: Open Letters and Close Readings tells the story of change through essays that blend the personal and the literary: unlikely friendships in graduate school and the Village; encounters with the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the activism of gender rights advocate Pauline Park; reading Eavan Boland on the Upper West Side and reading Gregory Woods in Queens. 

These formative experiences are described alongside pioneering essays on Singapore poets, such as Goh Poh Seng, Cyril Wong, Yeow Kai Chai, and Justin Chin, and uncompromising letters about the struggle for freedom of expression. Koh’s unique perspective as both insider and outsider informs these essays and letters.

VENUE: City Book Room
ADDRESS: 420 North Bridge Road, #03-10, North Bridge Centre, Singapore 188727

18 Aug 2018, 2.30pm–3.30pm