Epic International Reading Night

Epic International Reading Night



2 Nov, Sat 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


The Arts House, Gallery II
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Free Event


This session is in English


Felix Cheong


Language allows for endless diversity but it can also unite cultures. In a continuation of this popular international reading series, eight writers will read excerpts from their work that relate to issues of connection and isolation. 

This session is made possible with the assistance of the High Commission of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, Literature Across Frontiers and Sing Lit Station.


Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018, the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, two Atlantic Book Awards, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, and was on the long-list for the Aspen Words Literary Prize 2019. It is currently being translated into several languages. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Visit her at:

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Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from the Wasauksing First Nation. His storytelling career has been largely influenced by his Anishinaabe background. He is the author of three fiction titles: the short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge, the novel Legacy, and most recently, the novel Moon of the Crusted Snow. By day, he works as the host of Up North, CBC Radio's afternoon show for northern Ontario. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and young son.

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Martin Villanueva lives in Quezon City, Philippines, where he teaches creative writing at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and serves as literary editor of the journal Kritika Kultura. He self-published his first book of poems, Account in 2017, the same year he participated in the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Programme. His first book of essays, A Pig Was Once Killed In Our Garage, was published in 2019 by ADMU Press.

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Duanwad Pimwana is the pen name of Pimjai Juklin, a Thai writer who lives in Chonburi on the Gulf of Thailand. Her nine books include short-stories, novellas, poetry and cross-genre fiction. Her writing has appeared in Words Without Borders, Asymptote, and The Southern Review.  Her short story collection Arid Dreams was published in English by Feminist Press, New York, and her novel Bright was published in English by Two Lines Press, San Francisco. Bright won the 2003 Southeast Asian Writers Award. 

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Selja Ahava is a fiction author and scriptwriter from Finland. Her novel Things that Fall from the Sky explores the unexpected and inexplicable nature of reality. It won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016, and its translation rights have been sold to 18 territories. Ahava’s auto fictional novel Before my Husband Disappears came out in 2017. She is currently working on her fourth novel that examines metamorphoses, both in insect life and in the lives of fictional characters.

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Grace Chia


Grace Chia is the author of nine books, with her poetry and prose published in Singapore and internationally, including works translated into French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, and Serbo-Croat. Her works include Every Moving Thing That Lives Shall Be Food, The Wanderlusters, Cordelia, and Mother of All Questions. She was the inaugural NAC-NTU Writer-in-Residence from 2011-2012, and was a resident writer at Toji Cultural Centre and Seoul Art Space Yeonhui. In 2018, she collaborated with Marcel Heijnen by writing haikus for his photo book, Hong Kong Garage Dogs.

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Hanna Alkaf


Hanna Alkaf graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and spent over ten years writing everything but fiction before finally giving in. She now writes unapologetically Malaysian young adult and middle grade stories. The Weight of Our Sky is her first novel. Hanna lives in Kuala Lumpur with her family.

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Topaz Winters

Singapore - US

Topaz Winters is the internationally award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of four books (most recently Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing), writer and star of the short film Supernova, director of the arts organisation Half Mystic, speaker of the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb, and creator of the digital art installation Love Lives Bot. Her landmark research on the sociopolitics of poetry and identity is published in the Journal of Homosexuality. She studies at Princeton University.

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