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Originally a radio comedy, Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was adapted into a bestselling series of five novels by its author. The first book from 1979 follows Arthur Dent who becomes the last man after an alien race destroys Earth to build an intergalactic bypass. Joined by others, he goes on a quest for the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Gwee Li Sui’s lecture will introduce layers of meaning into this wild work of science fiction.
About the Speaker
Gwee Li Sui is a poet, a graphic artist, and a literary critic. His poetry includes Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), and Death Wish (2017). Gwee has edited several acclaimed literary anthologies and lectured on a vast range of subjects. He has also written FEAR NO POETRY!: An Essential Guide to Close Reading (2014) and Spiaking Singlish: A Companion to How Singaporeans Communicate (2017).
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About Read! Fest 2018
Read! Fest is back for the 5th year running! NLB’s annual literary festival continues to celebrate the joy of reading, this year dedicated to The Pursuit of Happiness. Find your happiness through the many programmes lined up from 22 June – 28 July, 2018. To find out more about Read! Fest 2018, visit www.nationalreadingmovement.sg.
About How to Fall in Love with Classics
How to Fall in Love with Classics is an exciting National Library Board lecture series that celebrates the classics. Every lecture will explore one classic for its various forms of meaning. The text will be dissected for connections to ideas in history, culture, and society. The first series looked at classic novels. In our second series, in line with the Read! Fest 2018 theme on happiness, we will focus on four humorous books: Voltaire’s Candide, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Adrian Tan’s The Teenage Textbook.
Candide by Voltaire
Friday 29 June, 7.00 – 8.30pm, Possibility Room
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Friday 6 July, 7.00 – 8.30pm, Possibility Room
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Friday 20 July, 7.00 – 8.30pm, The Pod
The Teenage Textbook by Adrian Tan
Friday 27 July, 7.00 – 8.30pm, Possibility Room