MOCAREADS: Singapore Noir

Thu, Aug 7, 2014 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Admissions: $15 Adult; $10 seniors, members, and students


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"Singapore Noir is another fine addition to the Arkashic's Noir series. Under Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan's tutelage, the stories puncture the stereotypes associated with Singapore and push the genre in new directions" - Chicago Center for Literature and Photography


The placid city-state, Singapore, is exposed in all of its noir glory through scintillating stories told by some of the city’s best authors. Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan’s anthology, Singapore Noir, spins a breathless tale of crime, black magic, and enigma. This is a Singapore rarely explored in Western literature – until now. Join literary lions, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Colin Goh, and Damon Chua in a reading and discussion as they unfold the opaque, intense and nebulous underbelly of the Lion City.

About the Authors

Damon Chua
is a playwright, poet, and film producer. His plays are published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus, and his poetry by Ethos Books. A recepient of grants from UNESCO, Durfee Foundation, and the Singapore Film Commission, Chua is a lover of film noir and is delighted to be a part of this collection. His grandfather once operatred a pig farm in Mandai village, a stone's throw from Woodlands. 


Colin Goh writes and illustrates Dim Sum Warriors, the multiplatform children's graphic novel series that Fast Company named one of the Top 10 Coolest Original Digital Comics of 2012. He also wrote and directed Singapore Dreaming, a feature film that won the Montblanc Screenwriters Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and Best Asian Film at the Tokyo International Film Festival.


Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the New York-based author of A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family. A native of Singapore, she is working on her second book, a novel. A former staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, her work has also appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.