Meet the Author at Brooklyn Book Fest


Award-winning fiction writer, playwright and translator, Jeremy Tiang will be signing books at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, September 18, 1:00 pm, at Singapore Unbound Booth #126. Tiang’s short story collection It Never Rains on National Day (Tash Aw: “These stories signal the arrival of an important writer.”) was shortlisted for this year’s Singapore Literature Prize. He has translated more than ten books from Chinese, including work by Zhang Yueran, Su Wei-chen, Yan Geling, Yu Qiuyu and Yeng Pway Ngon, and has been awarded an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship, a PEN/ Heim Grant and a People’s Literature Award Maotai Cup Prize for Translation. He is a featured author at the upcoming 2nd Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

Started in 2014, the biennial Singapore Literature Festival in NYC brings together Singaporean and American authors and audiences for in-depth conversations about literature and society. ‘Singapore Unbound’ is the theme of this year’s festival and it will be held from September 28 – October 1, 2016 at different locations throughout New York (press release).

“The festival theme ‘Singapore Unbound’ highlights our ambition to bring Singapore into conversation with the United States—with the Singaporean diaspora and with Americans. The theme also alludes to the importance of dialogue and freedom of expression, which are both so vital to fostering creativity. We bring beloved authors to their readers, so that we can get up close and personal with the stories behind the stories we love,” explained Jee Leong Koh, Organizer, Singapore Literature Festival in NYC .

Festival highlights include an exciting opening night reading at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; a panel on fictionalizing Southeast Asia moderated by Harold Augenbraum at Asia Society; a panel discussion of Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, a New York Times bestseller; and a Singapore theater showcase at the National Opera Center. Other co-presenters of the festival include: New York University, Hunter College, Adelphi University, Stony Brook University, and Book Culture Bookstore.

Books by festival authors will be on sale at Singapore Unbound Booth #126, near the North Stage, at the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday. Come and have your books signed by Jeremy Tiang and Jee Leong Koh (Steep Tea, Financial Times’ Best Book of 2015).


Brooklyn City Hall (Borough Hall train station)


About Jee Leong Koh

My book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK's Financial Times, and a Finalist by Lambda Literary. I also wrote three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. My work has been shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize, and translated into Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, I live in New York City, where I edit the arts blog Singapore Poetry, and run the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC.

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