《Wake Me Up At HappyLand》by Josef Lee

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“《Wake Me Up At HappyLand》is a story about a man traveling the world in search of the HappyLand. Afraid of missing it, he carried a sign with him, reminding others to wake him up at the Happy Land. But no one did, and he continued his wanderings until …”

Josef Lee is a hero at creating freely available adult bedtime stories. This month he is back with a crowdfunding campaign, featuring a new story that varies massively from his last two projects.

“The last two stories that I wrote were both dark and sad, and it was also a period where I constantly saw a lot of negative news in the media. Around the same time, I switched to taking the subway to work. That’s when I came across an online video of an experiment whereby a person pretends to fall sleep on the train. He is holding a piece of paper indicating his destination, and wonders if anyone will wake him up. The idea stuck in my mind and soon evolved into the core idea of this story – a person on a journey to HappyLand, but sleeping throughout the journey with no one waking him up.

Initially, I wanted to keep my previous style of storytelling-incorporating the use of words and rhymes- so I did many writing drafts in various approaches, but none of them seemed right. I was stuck in the scripts for quite some time until I attended a presentation by a publisher of Children’s Picture-Books. That stimulated my interest in this area, so I did some further research and reading related to Children’s Picture-Books. Eventually, I tried to make a wordless picture-story with this idea. I found that the minute I threw away the words, all the ideas became more easily conveyed through a visual way.”

The project has reached 32% of it’s US$ 20000 target still with 47 days to go.

Furrie & Shortie by Neighbourgoods

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Last week, Neighbourgoods duo Yvonne and James revealed a new project; a fun comic on the adventures of a pessimist and an optimist as they try to make the best out of society and each other’s idiosyncrasies.

To Be The Most Wonderful You / 做最美好的自己 is the title of Issue #1, and it contains special illustrations by Holycrap, James Tan, Messymsxi, Theseus Chan and Wu Yanrong.

So what is the comic about then James?

“At some point of our life, many of us may ask ourselves ‘How did my life turn out this way?’. Sometimes, it is just hard to accept who you are, and the situation that you are in.

When Yvonne and I made the comic, somehow Furrie is usually the pessimistic one, while Shortie became the ultimate optimist. They are ol skool comic oddballs who stick out a little from everyone else. That’s why Furrie in one chapter has an identity crisis and wanders into the jungle! And in another, they encounter some troubling behaviors in society today, and in their own small and hopefully funny ways, they act – for good!

One thing for sure, we wanted people who read to believe that life – no matter how dark – can still get better if you allow yourself to be the most wonderful you.”

During the book launch this Saturday at K+ (Scotts Square level 3), you can pick up a copy of the book. And when you bring along an old tee or a tote bag, Yvonne will draw Furrie and Shortie on it for you! Alternatively, you can email info@ampulets.com to pre-order a copy at the early bird price of $28.

Unbox! The BooksActually Box

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Dear Santa,

Seeing as I’ve been so well behaved, I think I deserve something unique under my tree this year … something that would get me yelping … a BooksActually Box maybe?

This is how it works dear Santa …

– Choose a BooksActually Elf based on recommendations and reading profiles
– Pick a 3, 6, or 12 month membership
– Ship the box including a little gift to complement my reading experience

PS: Don’t forget to throw in a roaring fire and a case of wine. After all, I’m totally worth it!

Thank you Santa.

Yours,
Michèle Adriaens

Exhib! Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling

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Natalie Lee & Patrick van Dam

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Practice Theory & Ed

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Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling is a photo book by Alvin Toh about Olympic gold medallist, Joseph Schooling. In conjunction with the launch of the book, 10 local designers were commissioned to design a promotional poster.

Go underground before 30 November and marvel at the posters on display in MRT stations across the dot.

Track Faults and Other Glitches: Stories of the impossible in Singapore

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Track Faults and Other Glitches by Nicholas Yong is a collection of 10 short stories (speculative fiction), published by Marshall Cavendish, and launching at the Singapore Writers Festival on November 6.

Synopsis:

In “Track Faults and Other Glitches”, Nicholas Yong takes us on a journey into an alternate Singapore, where the impossible becomes real. Deep in the heart of the Zombie Civil Service, a secret meeting is held to preempt an impending disaster. In the heartlands, a devoted Shiba Inu, a dog breed from Japan, seeks the divine in her quest for answers. And what happens when an MRT train goes underground, and never comes back out? This collection of 10 short stories transports you from the deeply familiar to the supernatural, exploring things that cannot and should not be.

The book can be purchased at the Writers Festival, and will be available at major bookstores from tomorrow onwards. Click here to order the book online.

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