Formerly a psychologist for the government, journalist for The Straits Times and then founder and creative director of a design agency, Edmund Wee has had an exciting career journey.
And, all of these jobs prepared him to be the book publisher he is today – albeit not on purpose. Though there was a desire to leave a legacy, it was an accidental move,” says Edmund, describing his shift from a communications design firm to becoming one of Singapore’s largest independent publisher… after winning the President’s Design Award for Designer of the Year in 2008, mind you. Since 2011, Epigram Books has championed and promoted Singapore literature for all ages, from picture books for the young to middle-grade titles for students and literary novels for grown-ups.
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Though Edmund admits to being a fan of fiction novels, he says he found a “dearth” of local novels being published here. So, when he started Epigram Books, he decided to support Singaporean authors by publishing their work – both fiction and non-fiction – from novels and short stories to graphic novels, plays and more.
Despite facing various challenges over the years, there are some definite upsides to being in his line of work. “I can wear a T-shirt to work every day!” jokes Edmund, who is a dad to a 27-year-old daughter, Yi Zhen,
and 26-year-old son, Zhen Yang.
After work? He says he likes to unwind by reading a book with a glass of red wine. “A great novel lasts forever,” he notes.
By Sara Lyle Bow, Muneerah Bee, Melodi Ghui + Christopher Ong Ujine, The Finder Issue 300, September 2019