Creative Nonfiction Shortlist

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Lost at 15, Found at 50

Lost at 15, Found at 50
Ashwini Devare

Lost at 15, Found at 50
Marshall Cavendish
2018
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Lost at 15, Found at 50

From the Soviet Union’s lron Curtain to Burma’s Bamboo Curtain and Sikkim to Seoul, this autobiography follows a young girl’s cross-continental journey through her life.

By the age of fifteen, Ashwini Devare had lived in six countries. Her globetrotting life continued when she became a journalist. With a front row seat to political developments around the world, Devare chronicles a lifetime of nomadic living.

This book is a vibrant reflection by a singular voice on adventure, identity and courage.

Ashwini Devare

Author
Ashwini Devare

Ashwini Devare is a former journalist and author. She has worked for BBC’s Asia Business Report and CNBC Asia. Ashwini’s latest book Lost at 15, Found at 50 is a coming-of-age memoir that chronicles her journey from Moscow to Sikkim to Singapore, against the backdrop of historic political events. Her first book Batik Rain was launched at the 2014 Singapore Writers Festival. Ashwini has a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the American University in the US.

Hard At Work: Life in Singapore

Hard At Work: Life in Singapore
Ng Shi Wen

Hard At Work: Life in Singapore

In Hard at Work, 60 people talk about work and life in Singapore. The interviews span age, ethnicity and careers: baristas, Thai disco dancers, tissue vendors, academic ghost-writers and more share their stories.

These stories, co-authored by Ng Shi Wen and Gerard Sasges, reveal the nation as a place where people from around the world work hard to survive and sometimes thrive. The book offers readers a unique opportunity to look beyond the nation’s iconic skyline to explore the diverse experiences of work and life in Singapore today.

Ng Shi Wen

Author
Ng Shi Wen

After completing an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies in 2011, Ng Shi Wen taught anthropology at Singapore’s School of the Arts. After the birth of her daughter, she left teaching to focus on her career as a photographer and entrepreneur. Her work can be found at photorikiki.com.

Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book

Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book
Shubigi Rao

Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book
Rock Paper Fire
2018
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Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book

The focus of Shubigi Rao’s ongoing Pulp project is the history of book destruction, censorship, and repression, and the book as a symbol of resistance. She travels across the world, filming collections, libraries, archives and subjects that have served as historical flashpoints.

This second volume expands on the entangled issues and the complex histories of her encounters.

Combining fragments, ephemera and anecdotes, Rao creates an absorbing and powerful composite of the conjoined literary and violent trajectories of our species.

Shubigi Rao

Author
Shubigi Rao

Writer, artist and film-maker Shubigi Rao’s interests include archaeology, neuroscience, libraries, archival systems, overlooked histories, literature and violence, ecologies and natural history.

Her decade-long film, book, and art project, Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book about the history of library destruction has won numerous awards, including the Juror’s Choice Award at the triennial APB Signature Prize 2018.

The first book from the project was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize for Creative Nonfiction in 2018.

This Is What Inequality Looks Like

This Is What Inequality Looks Like
Teo You Yenn

This Is What Inequality Looks Like

What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? Why should we try?

This book asks readers to pose questions in different ways, and in so doing, to see themselves as part of problems and potential solutions.

This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves.

And it is about how once we see, we cannot, must not, unsee.

Teo You Yenn

Author
Teo You Yenn

Teo You Yenn is Associate Professor and Provost’s Chair in Sociology at Nanyang Technological University.

Over the last decade, she has contributed to public debate through public lectures and media commentaries. Her writings have been published in The Straits Times, Today, Channel NewsAsia and Lianhe Zaobao.

For her contributions to igniting conversation on social inequality with the book This is What Inequality Looks Like, she was named a Finalist in the Straits Times Singaporean of the Year Award in 2018.