The books stocked here are all about Singapore, written by Singaporeans or Singaporean residents, or published here. A collaboration between a local coffee chain and publisher, it also has an author/artist-in-residence programme, where a writer or artist is on-site during opening hours to work and interact with customers.
2. The Moon
There is a small but well-curated selection of books at this bookstore and café on Chinatown’s Mosque Street. At least half of its titles are by women authors, with a focus on minority groups. Upstairs, you’ll find a warm and cosy event space that hosts poetry nights, art exhibitions, book clubs, theatre productions and even cat adoption drives.
Established in 2005, BooksActually is probably Singapore’s longest running independent bookstore. After several moves, it now calls Tiong Bahru – one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates turned hip hangout – home. BooksActually has long championed local literature, and publishes poetry, novels and essays under its own imprint, Math Paper Press.
“The Singapore Writers Festival held in November is one of the few multilingual literary festivals in the world” — Karin Choo, Leading Flight Stewardess