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Ethos Books Festive Market 2023

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Join us at the Ethos Books Festive Market 2023!

Featuring an eclectic indie mix of 17 artists, creatives and community organisers and 6 community dialogues/events. Expect bestselling Ethos titles at generous discounts (up to 40% and $5 book deals!), book swaps, fresh and funky prints and stickers, rad jagua tattoos, soap fragrances, vintage clothing, poetry readings and grounding conversations in the 2023 edition of the Ethos Books Festive Market.

In times like these, to read, connect, discuss and be part of community is both essential and a privilege. We hope you’ll find time to join us and support the vision and value of the creative and community work that we and our collaborators stand for.


– Ethos Books
– Jom
– Maktaba Books
– Wormhole

– 3Pumpkins
– laphetwyne

– Birkbusha Studios
– Clarice Ng
– Jynk Ink
– Marie Toh
– mercci makes
– Comic artists from NUS Libraries Writers’ Centre

– After Work Crochet
– All Fingers & Thumbs
– kaeru thrift store & Shibui World
– Rough Beauty

Event Details

This event is open to the public.

Join us at the Ethos Books Festive Market on:

Friday, 1 Dec, 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, 2 Dec, 1pm – 7pm

Sunday, 3 Dec: 1pm – 6pm

Join us for these community conversations during the market (open to public, limited seats available):

  • 1 Dec, Friday, 7pm – 8pm | Picturing the Singapore Dream
    with Sudhir Vadaketh, Nabilah Said and Jaya Khidir

As part of a section on Singaporean housing in its first print magazine, Jom worked with Kontinentalist to design a fold-out insert that has a mix of a choropleth map, infographics and charts, which together depict the housing conundrum we face. A separate project was a satirical photography series that critiques The Singapore Dream by showing couples in four different homes, from a public housing apartment to a colonial black-and-white. Nabilah Said (Editorial Lead, Kontinentalist) and Jaya Khidir (Photographer) join Sudhir Vadaketh (Editor-in-chief, Jom) to talk about their work.

  • 1 Dec, Friday, 8pm – 9pm | Ethos Books 2024 Preview Night

On opening night, Ethos Books will be previewing and celebrating our 2024 authors and titles – come down to meet our authors and their forthcoming titles, and get a sneak peek into what’s in store for the new year. Our publisher will also be delivering a message during this programme.

  • 2 Dec, Saturday, 3pm – 4pm | Nusantara Women IRL
    with Mysara Aljaru, Nessa Anwar and Hajar Manaf, moderated by Sarah Bagharib

Join us for an afternoon of real and honest conversations with four women who identify with or feel connected to the Malay cultures of the Nusantara, also known as the Malay Archipelago. We invite you to listen to the stories of these women and explore their identities and the concept of belonging. What does it mean to feel belonging and how can we feel connected through a shared Nusantara identity while navigating unique lived experiences? We hope this session will inspire you to discover and explore your own roots and identity within the Nusantara and beyond.

  • 2 Dec, Saturday, 5pm – 6pm | Teh Tarik with Walid IRL: Community Building through the Arts
    with 3Pumpkins and ArtsWok Collaborative

What is community art? What are the spaces they create and how do they impact the communities around them? Join Walid J. Abdullah in conversation with Ngiam Su-Lin (ArtsWok Collaborative) and Lin Shiyun (3Pumpkins) as they explore ways to build community through the arts, and their unique challenges.

  • 3 Dec, Sunday, 1.30pm – 2.30pm | In The Interest of Human Interest
    with RICE Media

What is the impact of storytelling on fringe communities? At RICE Media’s panel discussion, its content creators dive into the humane craft of human interest stories and empathetic journalism.

  • 3 Dec Sunday, 3.30pm – 4.30pm | Carnival of Poetry: Bridging Worlds Through Words

Carnival of Poetry, organised by Migrant Writers of Singapore and supported by Sing Lit Station and The Majurity Trust, brings together a global community of poets and poetry enthusiasts every month. Join us for an inspiring poetry reading and panel discussion, featuring migrant writers, as we celebrate the unifying power of words that bridge worlds.

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Wormhole is an online bookstore built on the belief that stories are essential for readers and non-readers alike. Expect books, cute stickers, greeting cards, accessories and apparel that are perfect for the gifting season!

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Shibui World is a vintage store for lovers of 90s minimalism. We curate timeless pieces you’ll want to live in — everyday, forever.

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SADSHRIMPS is a a cute and silly lifestyle brand filled with illustrated designs. Lovingly made pieces ranging from stationery to apparel and art for all your home decor needs.

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Jynk Ink

Jynk Ink was started by artist Jen who specialises in drawing styles ranging from botanical illustrations to stylistic line work. Her inspirations come from nature and her experience as an illustrator and animator. Bridging multiple art fields is at the heart of Jynk Ink.

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Jom is a new weekly digital magazine covering arts, culture, politics, business, technology and more in Singapore. They will be selling their print launch, totebags, postcards, and stickers.

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