A book reading by Amanda Lee Koe

As places for the event are strictly limited, we kindly request your RSVP by Sunday 18 August. Successful respondents (only) will be notified by email.

According to American writer Jessamyn West, ‘Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.’ Stories often probe us to reexamine the world we are in, ultimately bringing us closer to truth. With this in mind, we are honoured to collaborate with up-and-coming New York-based, Singapore-born author Amanda Lee Koe for a reading from her first novel, Delayed Rays of a Star. You are warmly invited to join us at Aesop ION on 25 August for what promises to be an inspiring literary experience.

Born in Singapore and living in New York, Amanda was the youngest winner of the Singapore Literature Prize in 2013 for her debut short story collection Ministry Of Moral Panic, which tackles issues of gender, sexuality and race, and is an acclaimed new voice in Singaporean literature. Ministry Of Moral Panic went on to win the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Singapore Book Award for Best Fiction, and was longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Amanda has also served as the fiction editor of Esquire Singapore, and is an honorary fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Our event will begin with Amanda introducing and reading from Delayed Rays of a Star (published by Doubleday in the United States and by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom). Delayed Rays of a Star is a swirling novel that follows the lives of three women born at the dawn of the twentieth century—German-American actress Marlene Dietrich known for her humanitarian efforts during WWII, the world's first Chinese-American star Anna May Wong, and the famous German film director Leni Riefenstahl, who later became infamous for her engagement with Nazi propaganda productions. The book takes readers to a variety of settings from Weimar Berlin to LA’s Chinatown, and interrogates the different roles of women—from muse to lover to siren. The book reveals the complexities of femininity—and ultimately, being human—in a perplexing world.

Amanda’s reading will be followed by a dialogue with participants about the book, and her creative musings and penetrating reflections. Light refreshments will be served to help sustain conversation. We are also pleased to advise that Delayed Rays of a Star will be available for purchase at the event.

‘Read as you taste fruit or savour wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.’

George Herbert