Select conversations: 4pm, Sat Dec 1st, Select Bookstore, 51 Armenian St

Dear friends, if you’re free and keen to find out more about my recently published book, do come down to Select Bookstore this coming Saturday. I’ll be taking part in a “Select conversation” with Sharon Siddique, my dear friend and mentor. Aunty Sharon was one of the few people who encouraged Sumana Rajarethnam and me to go on that bicycle trip around Malaysia in 2004, so am very happy to be taking part in an event with her. 🙂

If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP on the event page here. If not, just turn up! Hope to see you then.

Here’s the blurb from Select:

In Select Conversations, two (or more) authors and thinkers engage each other and the audience on books and related topics. Come join us for a thought-provoking and interesting experience in this free-flowing and spontaneous session.

The first Select Conversations features Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh and Sharon Siddique, two keen observers of Southeast Asia.

Sudhir is Senior Editor with the Economist Intelligence Unit. A Singaporean, he spent six years at Berkeley and Harvard. His literary and research interests are about the way grand political and social systems influence ordinary people’s lives, their worldviews, and their interactions with each other. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Economist and The Straits Times. His first book, Floating on a Malayan Breeze, was published in 2012 and has drawn excellent reviews for its observations about Singapore and Malaysia.

Sharon is a noted authority on religion and social issues in Southeast Asia and has published extensively on these and other topics. Formerly Deputy Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, she now consults for governments and business enterprises. Her latest book – Batam: Whose Hinterland? – has just been published. She has over 35 years of experience in research and analysis of critical issues on Southeast Asia and her works include not just influential academic texts but also popular books on local heritage. Her recent books include Southeast Asia: The Diversity Dilemma, Mind the Gaps: Singapore Business in China, and Singapore Shifting Boundaries: Social Change in the 21st Century.

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