[Read! Fest 2019] Singapore Literature Book Club: Regrettable Things... by Jennani Durai

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults
  • Category: Read, Singapore & S.E.A
Availability: 51
Thu, 18 Jul, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (GMT+8)

Central Public Library

Multi-Purpose Room

100 Victoria Street National Library Board

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults

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Programme synopsis
A former journalist, Jennani Durai brings us a collection of ten short stories connected by the motif of newspapers. Described by Pooja Nansi as "equal part tender stirrings and sharp ripples of humour...[situating] in the centre characters who would normally have been peripheral", Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterday takes one deeper into the social realities of living in Singapore. Join us as we discuss these stories with the author at the Singapore Literature Book Club.
About the Book
A teenager discovers his grandfather's secret identity only after his death. A young immigrant to 1940s Singapore is convinced the end-times are nigh. A man is tasked with bringing the corpse of his estranged brother home from Phuket. A reporter is torn between doing her a job and respecting her friend’s privacy. From obituaries and job ads to crime reports and horoscopes, Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterday is a collection of ten short stories connected by the motif of newspapers, and the unexpected ways they end up affecting our lives. The book was sortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2018.
About the Author
Jennani Durai is a former journalist, a VONA/Voices fiction fellow for 2016, and a co-author of the official commemorative book of Singapore’s 50th birthday, Living the Singapore Story (2015). She was selected for the Ceriph Mentorship Programme (Prose) in 2014, and won both third prize and an honourable mention in the 2015 Golden Point Awards. Durai currently lives in Guatemala with her husband, and Regrettable Things That Happened Yesterdayis her debut collection of short fiction.

Find out more about book clubs at NLB at https://www.nlb.gov.sg/readsingapore/book-clubs/

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This year, the sixth instalment of Read! Fest is anchored on the theme of Voyage. Book a trip with us and discover alternative forms of reading at Read! Fest 2019 programmes as we journey through space and time, only from 22 June – 28 July.

For more details, visit www.nationalreadingmovement.sg/readfest.

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