The monthly socialservice.sg book club focuses on books (available digitally through NLB’s OverDrive or Libby) / open-access journal articles / curated collections of commentaries related to socio-economic issues related to Singapore.

Sessions are held on the last Thursday of each month, from 8.30 to 9.45pm.

Here on this page, you can find out more about the upcoming session and read the discussion prompts and notes from past sessions. Contact us if you’re interested to be on the mailing list! You’ll receive an email reminder with the prompts a week before each session.

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Upcoming session (August 26, 8.30 to 9.45pm)

Date: August 26, 2021
Time: 8.30 to 9.45pm
Book: Alfian Sa’at’s “Malay Sketches” (https://nlb.overdrive.com/media/5549676)
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Discussion prompts:

To be updated.

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Past book club sessions

January | Michael J. Sandel’s “The Tyranny of Merit” (Read the discussion prompts and notes)
February | Gerard Sasges and Ng Shi Wen’s “Hard at Work: Life in Singapore” (Read the discussion prompts and notes)
March | David Graeber’s “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory” (Read the discussion prompts and notes)
April | Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Michele Chong’s “Eating Chilli Crab in the Anthropocene: Environmental Perspectives on Life in Singapore” (Read the discussion prompts and notes)
May (postponed)
June | Liyana Dhamirah’s “Homeless: The Untold Story of a Mother’s Struggle in Crazy Rich Singapore” (Read the discussion prompts and notes)
July | Cherian George’s “Air-Conditioned Nation Revisited: Essays on Singapore Politics” (Read the discussion prompts and notes)
August | Alfian Sa’at’s “Malay Sketches”