Epigram Books is a Singapore-based independent publisher of well-designed and thought-provoking titles. It began as a division of the multiple award-winning communications design firm Epigram, but registered as a separate entity in July 2011 to champion Singaporean literature. The company currently publishes between 50 and 60 titles a year, across all manner of fiction—novels, short stories, plays, graphic novels, chapter books, picture books and some poetry.
The company is best known for publishing the multi-award winning graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, the middle grade series The Diary of Amos Lee which has sold over 240,000 copies worldwide, the Sherlock Sam which has also been republished in the US, and the Harry picture book series. Other landmark publications include translations of Cultural Medallion winners and new editions of out-of-print classic Singaporean novels, as well as Ministry of Moral Panic, a debut short story collection by Amanda Lee Koe which unanimously won the Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction in 2014.
Epigram Books also reflects Singapore’s obsession with food by publishing both recipe books and food guides. The imprint Wee Editions was launched to support local designers, photographers and artists through a unique series of compact coffee table books.
The company also made headlines in 2015 for initiating the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, Singapore’s richest literary award, in the hopes of uncovering the next great Singaporean novel.