Celebrating Singapore reads & Singapore authors

Earlier this year for an interview regarding World Book Day, I shared that ever since I was a little girl, I’d always been a voracious bookworm who looked forward to Mom bringing me to the small neighbourhood library. Maxing out our library cards, I would start reading on the bus RIGHT AWAY because I just couldn’t wait till we got home! Of course, this was a time before mobile phones and selfies took over our world.

I can’t be the only one, right? Right!?

The Internet has changed the landscape of many businesses, like the age old publishing industry having to wrestle the new contender of e-books and free online content… as well as the fact that compared to the 80s and 90s, far less people are reading these days simply because we constantly are bombarded with various forms of (free) social media shouting for our attention constantly!

Still, there’s a charm and beauty to good reads, and I was really sad to see good bookstores here go… RIP Borders, Tower Books, PageOne, Prologue and EPB bookstore …where I used to buy my copy of Young Generation back then in Primary school (YG Magazine had awarded the budding writer who was me back then, $50 EPB store vouchers for my contributions which they published).


In case you ever wondered about my (retired) stage alter-ego Magic Babe…

So I really, really, really, really, really want to help change the world. Granted, I’m no giant organization with deep pockets or anything BUT I’ve always believed that everyone can contribute some way. That said, I’ve decided to come up with a campaign celebrating Singapore books and Singaporean authors. Hopefully it spreads awareness and inspires folks to head on down to a good bookshop (Books Actually, Kinokuniya, Times, MPH, Popular… take your pick) and get their own copies of their favourite reads!

I shared my vision with Definitely Books (a super awesome community of local book lovers) and they’ve decided to support me in this passion project, which I call #SG50books50days …it’s essentially a giveaway of 50 books (Singapore reads/ by Singapore writers) over 50 days at 50 different venues in Singapore, celebrating our Golden Jubilee this year!

So starting today, I’ll be placing books around different spots in our island city and taking a snap of it. These reads are finders keepers (yes that right, FREE), with a post-it note stuck to its back with details how we can get in touch if you’re also on social media. What do I get out of this? Nothing. But this book nerd only hopes this fun passion project will remind people about the beauty of books and you’ll feel inspired to pick up a good read.

Follow me on Instagram to see how this unfurls… This will be an exciting ride!

Hands up if you feel the same way I do… LOL

Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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