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From NLB’s Singapore collection comes a book club with a unique local flavour. Discuss books by both well-known and emerging Singapore authors touching on topics close to home. Get acquainted with local literature and discover national literary treasures right here at the libraries.
In February, we will be discussing The Good Day I Died by Desmond Kon. The author will be joining us for the session.
About the Book
In 2007, Desmond Kon died, and came back to life. This is better understood as a near-death experience (NDE). Fresh from studying world religions at Harvard, Desmond’s NDE shared remarkable consistency with other documented NDE accounts, such as encountering otherworldly beings, altered time-space realms, and the classic tunnel of light. Post-NDE symptoms included paranormal sightings. How did Desmond make meaning of his NDE given his academic background in world religions? He even took a class on angelology—how then did he perceive the angelic beings he encountered?
Framed as a quasi-memoir, The Good Day I Died is constructed as a self-administered interview, allowing the account its moments of deep intimation. Moving beyond the current literature’s attempts at legitimizing the NDE, The Good Day I Died weaves in excerpts of Desmond’s literary oeuvre, which help shed light on the indelible impact of his NDE. This book represents Desmond’s most confessional writing yet, relating the story of his death, and his transformed life after his return.
“Kon has created a memoir tapestry like no other, addressing a wide range of topics culminating in that of ultimate importance: meaning and happiness in life.”
~ Janice Holden, editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies
“An exceptional book that you won’t want to miss! With each turn of the page you will find a treasure trove of insights and inspiration. This outstanding book is expertly written, very easy to read, and enthusiastically recommended.”
~ Jeffrey Long, founder of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF),
About the Author
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of a novel, quasi-memoir, five hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. Founding editor of Squircle Line Press, he has edited more than 20 books and co-produced three audiobooks. The former journalist is the recipient of numerous awards, including the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, and three Living Now Book Awards.
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