#BuySingLit is an industry-led movement to celebrate stories from Singapore. Advocating ‘Buy Local, Read Our World’, homegrown book publishers, retailers and literary non-profits have come together to encourage more people to discover and embrace Singapore’s literature. Through buying and reading local works, you support the writers who bear witness to our lives, as well as the businesses in our community that deliver these stories to us. Most of all, you will experience the profound joy of unravelling the multi-faceted world around you.
Bringing people together through Singapore literature
We are a group of people who love SingLit. We love stories by writers who have grown up with us and who live amongst us, sharing our lives and dreams — and our fears. We love the magic of being transported to another world through words and language. We want to share this love with you, which is why we started the #BuySingLit movement back in 2017. Over the past three years, more and more people have come to experience and love SingLit through the movement. We are back again for the fourth year this March, as we seek to grow an appreciation for SingLit and make SingLit accessible for everyone.
We are joined by many dedicated partners who have put a lot of thought and creativity into organising events inspired by their favourite works of SingLit. They have created different literary experiences for you to see, learn, touch, and even taste.
From book fair havens to writers buffet, literary trails and transforming our landmarks into SingLit-inspired playgrounds, these events will dazzle, stir, excite and move you as you witness SingLit coming to life in numerous playful and dynamic ways!
Explore the exciting line-up of #BuySingLit 2020, which will unfurl from 6-8 and 13-15 March. You are invited to attend as many events as you can, and to share these experiences with your family, friends, and loved ones. #BuySingLit will be Singapore’s first literary movement of the new decade — and the perfect opportunity for you to forge wonderful memories and discover new books and stories.
We hope you will join the ever-expanding community of SingLit lovers. Also, we want to hear your stories! If you feel inspired, moved or rejuvenated by the events you attend let us know by tagging us (@buysinglit) on Facebook and Instagram. After all, a good story should always be shared.
#BuySingLit Working Committee
This committee comprises passionate people from the following local book businesses and literary organisations who are working together to champion Singapore literature.
BooksActually is an independent bookstore specialising in literature, including obscure and critical works. Its Tiong Bahru shop is also popular with customers seeking literary trinkets and other lovely tchotchkes. BooksActually publishes and distributes books under the imprint Math Paper Press, and produces hand-stitched notebooks and other stationery under Birds & Co.
Books Kinokuniya was founded by Moichi Tanabe in 1927 in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and began expanding overseas in 1969 with the opening of its San Francisco bookstore. Today, it has 12 bookstores in the United States and 17 others around the world, including 4 in Singapore. It also has five corporate sales offices in the Asia-Pacific region and two export/liaison offices in New York and London, as well as several online stores.
Established by a team of former journalists, Bubbly Books publishes entertaining and fun books that children can't help but love to read. Loaded with learning moments, the books are parent-approved and teacher-recommended. Bubbly Books aims to instil a passion for reading at an early age, encouraging children to let their imaginations soar.
City Book Room was established on 9 December 2014. This Singapore-based independent publisher has been set up with a belief that books are important foods for the human mind. They sell locally published Chinese and English books on literature and culture, picture books, and books on Southeast Asian research. City Book Room frequently organises events including book launches, book readings, literary lectures and workshops. They are particularly keen on encouraging young literary talents, to spread knowledge as well as sustaining the development of local culture.
Closetful of Books is a specialist children’s bookseller started by Denise Tan and Kelvin Ng. They grew up immersed in magical stories and continue to believe in the power of reading for pleasure. Closetful of Books visits schools with a vast and specially curated selection of picture books, novels, non-fiction titles and graphic novels, and extends library consultancy services to schools.
Crimson Earth is a publishing firm focused on education, academia and literary development. Its imprints include works by Cultural Medallion recipients, Singapore Literature Prize winners, SEA Write Award recipients and Royal Commonwealth Society essay competition winners as well as commissioned projects for the National Arts Council, the National Book Development Council of Singapore and the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.
Epigram Books publishes fiction for all ages, from picture books to chapter books to graphic novels to literary fiction. Its best-selling Amos Lee series for middle-grade readers has sold 250,000 copies worldwide, while its graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye featured on the Best Books of 2016 lists of many leading newspapers. In 2015, it launched the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, Singapore’s richest literary prize.
Established in 1997, Ethos Books is an independent book publisher based in Singapore, and an imprint of Pagesetters Services Pte Ltd. Giving voice to emerging and exciting writers from diverse backgrounds, Ethos Books fosters an environment in which literature and the arts not only survive, but thrive. We are always open to new ideas and collaborative approaches to publishing: that's why our authors and their ideas come first.
Grassroots Book Room is an independent Chinese bookstore set up in 1995. Located at Bukit Pasoh, a heritage district near Kreta Ayer, the store has a cafe and also organised book launches, literary talks and arts exhibitions regularly. Readers will be able to find a generous selection of books from fiction to non-fiction as well as picture books.
Landmark Books is an independent Singaporean publisher specialising in high-quality illustrated books, Asian subjects, cookery, and Singapore literature. It was established in 1986 to give authors and those requiring publishing services an alternative to publishing conglomerates. The company believes in assembling small teams of talented staff to conceptualise, design and produce high-quality books.
Lingzi Media is a publishing and distribution company that aims to promote the Chinese language in Singapore. Over the past 20 years, Lingzi has worked with writers and educational institutions to produce a wide range of literary and non-fiction titles, and has developed into a leading company in the fields of publishing, culture and education in Singapore.
Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) is one of Southeast Asia's largest trade book publishers, with a history of nearly 50 years. Their publishing categories include biography, business, cuisine, culture and heritage, fiction, politics and travel. In addition to a rich backlist of titles available for licensing, they provide a complete suite of custom publishing services for corporations and individuals.
As the country’s oldest book retailer, MPH demonstrates its support for homegrown writers and illustrators by presenting a huge range of books in the four official languages of Singapore. By making these books easily accessible, it hopes to raise public awareness of the great diversity of literary talent here, and to encourage people to read local authors.
The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, we want to develop a distinctive global city for the arts. With a nod to tradition and an eye to the future, we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives.
Pansing is one of the leading book distributors in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, representing major local and international publishers.
Founded in 1963, Pustaka Nasional started as a bookshop selling imported books. It then began publishing Islamic books and literary works in Malay, and has since published over 900 titles. It distributes to retail outlets in Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia, and also offers typesetting services in Arabic, Malay and English.
Sing Lit Station is a platform where writers and readers meet. They are a registered charity and Institution of Public Character (IPC). Through programmes like SingPoWriMo, Manuscript Bootcamp, poetry.sg and Book-A-Writer, Sing Lit Station create a space for writers to grow their artistic and professional lives, invite readers to explore our literary culture, and work with partners to build inclusive and dynamic communities.
Singapore Book Council is a non-profit, charitable organisation committed to serving the community of professionals in the books and literary arts sector. It provides the community with a platform to network, learn and collaborate to achieve global recognition. Founded in 1968, the council has been setting the stage for a vibrant literary arts community in Singapore for fifty years.
Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) is the only association in Singapore that represents the book publishing industry. It was formally incorporated in May 1968 with 22 company members, 14 of which were of Singapore origin, and practically all of which focused on textbooks. Today, the SBPA has 65 members engaged in a wide range of publishing, marketing and distribution activities. It provides its members with information and advice, and represents them at book fairs throughout the Asean region and beyond.
Straits Times Press publishes high-end, high-quality illustrated general trade books across a broad spectrum of categories, specialising in non-fiction such as memoirs, history, politics, finance and current affairs. It maintains long-term co-publishing relationships with newsrooms, educational institutes and think tanks in the region, and works closely with The Straits Times, Singapore's leading English-language daily.
Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore’s first Parliament House, The Arts House has played an active role in the Singapore arts and creative scene. The House promotes and presents multidisciplinary programmes and festivals such as literary arts, film, performing and visual arts.
The Arts House is run and managed by Arts House Limited (AHL). AHL also presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, and manages Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, Aliwal Arts Centre, Goodman Arts Centre and Drama Centre.
Times, the retail arm of Times Publishing Limited, operates a chain of bookstores throughout Singapore and Malaysia, offering a wide variety of books and magazine titles, stationery, reading accessories, toys and games, and gifts. Times also hosts author appearances, book signings and workshops for customers especially children.
Unggun Creative started with a vision to publish high-quality Malay literary works from Singaporean writers. They believe that exemplary works of literature should have a good command of the language, embrace a forward-thinking philosophy and communicate its purpose succinctly. They also promote publications from like-minded writers on our e-commerce platform at UnggunCreative.com.
Singapore Book Council is a non-profit, charitable organisation committed to serving the community of professionals in the books and literary arts sector. It provides the community with a platform to network, learn and collaborate to achieve global recognition. Founded in 1968, the council has been setting the stage for a vibrant literary arts community in Singapore for more fifty years. For more information, visit bookcouncil.sg.
The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, we want to develop a distinctive global city for the arts. With a nod to tradition and an eye to the future, we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives. For more information on the Council’s mission and plans, please visit www.nac.gov.sg.