Book Launch of How We Live Now

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Reckonings with mortality; frictions in family relationships and friendships; the pressures of social media. Quanderings that make up the contemporary human existence. Join Yu-Mei Balasingamchow in conversation with Anittha Thanabalan (Author of The Lights that Find Us), Jinny Koh (Author of The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually) and Rachel Heng (Author of Suicide Club) as they discuss these themes in fiction writing and grapple with important questions of our time: how are we living now and how will we continue? 

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About the Book

How We Live Now offers a multi-faceted, multi-voiced view of contemporary life in Singapore: its comforts and conflicts, personal tragedies and social tensions, and also opportunities for joy, hope and empathy.

Featuring an exciting ensemble of both established and new writers, the stories invite readers to think seriously about the world around them, with urgent contemporary challenges such as social inequality and mental health, as well as age-old frictions in personal relationships and friendships.

As this slate of characters grapples with crisis, loss, and what it means to hold each other close in a rapidly changing Singapore, we are invited to ponder: if this is indeed how we live now, should we continue in this vein?

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About the Speakers

Anittha Thanabalan’s debut novel, The Lights That Find Us was a finalist for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize Award in 2018. Some of her short stories can be found in Mahogany Journal and Best New Singaporean Short Stories, Volume Five. She spends almost all her free time walking Dino, her poodle.

Jinny Koh is the author of The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually (Ethos Books). Her work can be found in The Iowa Review, Carolina Quarterly and Kyoto Journal, among others. She teaches creative writing at NUS and is the writer and co-founder of editorial firm Deep Narrative.

Rachel Heng is the author of the novels The Great Reclamation (forthcoming from Riverhead) and Suicide Club (Henry Holt, 2018), which has been translated into ten languages worldwide. Rachel's short fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Best Small Fictions, Best New Singaporean Short Stories and elsewhere.

About the Moderator

Yu-Mei Balasingamchow is the co-author of Singapore: A Biography and co-editor of In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, won the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize, and been shortlisted for the Sewanee Review Fiction Contest and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.