NEWS & PRESS
Singapore Book Awards 2022 (Best Young Persons Title) Finalist!
7 July 2022
A trade award organized by the Singapore Book Publishers’ Association (SBPA), Mist-Bound and its fellow finalists were shortlisted by the SBPA’s judges from 163 submissions via 35 publishers. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 22nd of September 2022.
Launch of Daryl’s short story “The Wake-Up Call” in HarperCollins Childrens Books’ Flipped Anthology
Daryl’s short story about the metaverse titled “The Wake-Up Call” has been, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books India in its “Flipped” anthology. “The Wake-Up Call” was upcycled from a piece he published way back as a high-school student, before the “Matrix” first brought the concept of an immersive virtual universe more broadly to the world (yes he played too many video games).
Beautifully illustrated by Shamika Chaves, “Flipped” has a really cool concept: it’s a book with no back cover! Sci-Fi stories on one side; flip it over and Mystery stories start from the other end.
Lauren Ho, author of the international best-seller “Last Tang Standing” and the newly launched “Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic” , gave Mist-Bound a shoutout on her list of recommended summer reads.
Monstrous Fun at the Arts House!
18 June 2022
Some monstrous stuff happened over the weekend: tales and drawings of monsters, that is! At the gorgeous venue that is The Arts House for its Monstrous Fun weekend kids festival!
Mist-Bound’s First Physical Book Event in Malaysia!
11 June 2022
Mist-Bound had its very first in-person book event in Malaysia (in its biggest bookstore Kinokuniya KLCC Twin Towers), and first-ever with illustrator SillyJellie, the author, AND not least its two stars Alexis and Grandma attending in the flesh!
Daryl got to share a peek behind the scenes how some of the creatures and locations on Mist were brought to life, whilst SillyJellie did an on-the-spot special painting of the Nangmai and Batuan together!
Singapore Today interview of the 2022 Hedwig Anuar Book Award Winners
30 May 2022
J.H. Low and Daryl, winners of the 2022 Hedwig Anuar Book Awards for the picture book and middle grade categories respectively, were interviewed on Singapore Today on CNA938.
Hosted by Lance Alexander and Melanie Oliveiro, Singapore Today provides listeners a comprehensive look at the day’s most important news developments.
Mist-Bound wins the 2021-2022 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award
27 May 2022
Mist-Bound has WON Singapore’s most prestigious children’s book award : The biennial Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2022 (Middle Grade Category)!!!
Organized by the Singapore Book Council, the award – given to the most outstanding childrens book of the past two years – was announced at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) and presented by guest-of-honor Mr. Ng Cher Pong, the CEO of the National Library Board of Singapore.
The middle-grade category was newly introduced this year, making Mist-Bound its maiden winner!
how to make memory glue… as a cake!
16 May 2022
Who knew baking and book reviews could make such an edible pairing? The video has hit over 25K views and counting!!
Check out this yummylicious reel and review of Mist-Bound by @thenerdybarista in partnership with @subtleasian.baking to get your bellies croaking.
MIST-BOUND ON THE SCBWI’S MAY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS READING LIST
Mist-Bound was included in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)’s May Mental Health Awareness Month Recommended Reading List.
SCBWI is the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write, illustrate, and translate for children and young adults. A non-profit org, SCBWI’s mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.
LIT BOOKS CONTEST GIVEAWAY
Boutique bookstore Lit Books hosted a giveaway contest gifting copies signed by the author AND the two stars of the book, Alexis and Grandma to two lucky followers.
GREAT PEOPLE TV INTERVIEW ABOUT DEMENTIA IN THE FAMILY
4 May 2022
In an interview with Ben Ibrahim and Sylvia Yu-Friedman of Great People TV, Daryl shared extensively about:
– Dementia vs Alzheimers and a layman’s understanding of it all
– How Dementia is not normal aging, it’s abnormal aging and can be prevented (and how)
– Tips on how to cope and deal with dementia in the family, practically and emotionally
– How and the stats behind why dementia is often toughest on the caregiver
– The worsening social problem and the sandwich generation
– Ideas on resources and support needed, adjusting our lenses about the elderly vs the young
…and so much more
NEXUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TALK
2 May 2022
At last, and no thanks to COVID-19, the author had his first-ever in-person school talk! He was blown away by their cool questions and energetic suggestions for new monsters and plots! A major highlight for the author: when a student yelled out “You’re awesome!”!
ASIAN BOOKS BLOG MAPS FEATURE
28 Apr 2022
A nifty article by Elaine Chiew of Asian Books Blog about maps as used in various local books (including Mist-Bound!)
ARTISTS OF JOURNEY SHARING SESSION
12 Apr 2022
JOURNEY is an amazing Singaporean brand enabling people with intellectual disabilities to earn a living thru art.
SillyJellie (the illustrator of Mist-Bound) and Daryl had an amazing time meeting and being inspired by their artists.
After we shared about the story and the art behind Mist-Bound, SillyJellie did a live illustration of the Duyung and the Batuan…TOGETHER! (Yes the Duyung was on her best behavior specially for that session)
This inspired the artists to draw other mythical creatures, including ones they made up on the fly!
Check out their beautiful creations on journeyspecial.com and support these amazing artists.
CRYSTAL KITE AWARDS 2022 NOMINATION
Mist-Bound has been nominated for the 2022 Crystal Kite Award!!
The Crystal Kite award is presented annually to published books that represent excellence in the field of children’s literature.
The Awards are peer-selected and voted on by members of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) from regional divisions around the world. SCBWI is the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write, illustrate, and translate for children and young adults. A non-profit org, SCBWI’s mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.
GRANDMA FROM MISTBOUND IN BOOKSTORE!
Grandma from Mist-Bound (a.k.a the author’s mum) has finally made it out to a bookstore and seen her book on a shelf for the first time!
She was unable to do so earlier due to covid precautions.
SINGLIT : READ OUR WORLD
Mist Bound was featured in SingLit : Read Our World’s social platforms.
Sing Lit: Read Our World is an industry-led movement to celebrate stories from Singapore.
THE ART OF TRAVEL
2 Feb 2022
Contributed by Ken Hickson. Ken Hickson is the founder and managing editor of the avenue for creative arts, an on line newsletter. Ken is a true art lover and supporter. While the newsletter promotes the full range of “arts”, Ken has a distinctive bias to the literary arts – writers of books of all sorts (fiction, non-fiction), publishers, books and booksellers and all. Ken is author of six books himself and contributor to others. He is also a passionate advocate and consultant in the sustainability sector – clean energy, clean tech, energy efficiency, waste management – and brings together he collective interests by promoting Art and Sustainability.
The Art of Travel is The Global Travel News Magazine with TREADability: Travel Responsibly for the Environment, Art & Dreams.
COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF x MISTBOUND SPONSORSHIP
@ KINOKUNIYA (Dec 2021)
@ Closetful of Books (Jan 2022)
CBTL sponsored gift cards together with purchases of MistBound with selected bookstore partners in Singapore
Daryl and Mist-Bound were featured in the “AC Authors” article in Albert College’s school magazine. Albert College was Daryl’s boarding high school in Canada
TEN WEEKS ON MPH MALAYSIA YOUNG READERS BESTSELLER LIST
Sept 2021 – Jan 2022
5 weeks at #1 or #2. Virtually the ONLY non-Western author making the list, with 1 other local title (Diary of a Rich Kid) joining for 2 weeks.
TWENTY SIX WEEKS ON TIMES SINGAPORE CHILDRENS BEST SELLER LIST
June 2021 – Jan 2022
Of which 24 weeks were consecutive, and with majority of the books being Western titles.
MALAYSIA FLOOD RELIEF FUNDRAISER
Daryl joined hands with fellow Malaysian author Lauren Ho (Last Tang Standing, Lucie Yi is not a Romantic) to raise funds towards relief efforts for the tens of thousands affected by the historic flooding in Malaysia
Times Christmas Reads
5 Dec 2021
Join author Daryl Kho in an exclusive storytelling session at Times Bookstore Waterway Point. Session also broadcast on FB Live.
Viewers were treated to an author reading where the star of the book – Alexis – also participated!
BREWERKZ RESTAURANTS x MISTBOUND SPONSORSHIP
Restaurant chain Brewerkz sponsored 50 free kids meals and toys to be given away with purchases of MistBound, as part of its efforts to raise Dementia awareness.
Singapore Writers Festival 2021 – Navigating Memory Lane Panel
13th Nov 2021, 6pm
The Singapore Writers Festival, one of Asia’s premier literary events, started in 1986 as a biennial festival. Now organised yearly by Arts House Limited, SWF is a much anticipated event on the cultural calendar, presenting the world’s major literary talents to Singaporeans while shining a spotlight on home grown and Southeast Asian creative talents. It has hosted literati the likes of two-time Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood, Whitbread First Novel Award winner Zadie Smith, British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Nebula winner Neil Gaiman and Lambda Literary Award winner Roxane Gay.
PROJECT WE FORGOT INTERVIEW PART TWO
4 Nov 2021
Part Two of Project We Forgot’s three-part series on the story behind Mist-Bound.
EDUSMART STUDENT SHARING
The author did a talk for some students at Edusmart Student Care Center last week. But the biggest cheers and waves came when the star of the book – Alexis- made a special appearance to say hi!
Mist-Bound in nationwide student newspaper What’s Up
Mist-Bound was featured in What’s Up, the student newspaper circulated to all students in primary schools nationwide. Students had a chance to win a free copy by answering “What would you do if you were Alexis?”
Malaysia Writers Fest 2021: Penguin Panel
23rd Oct 2021
MY Writers Fest invites attendees to a special panel of Malaysian authors published by Penguin Random House Southeast Asia in 2021. This will be readings by the authors led by Associate Publisher Nora Abu Bakar, followed by further discussion in three breakout rooms: – Children’s Lit with Tunku Halim and Daryl Kho; – Mythology with Tutu Dutta and Golda Mowe; and – Adult Fiction with Ram Anand, Paul GnanaSelvam, and Wan Phing Lim.
The Straits Times Singapore Feature
4th Oct 2021
Two page feature on Daryl and Mist-Bound in The Straits Times Life Pullout. Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times is the most-read newspaper in Singapore.
PENGUIN BOOKS SEAsia INTERVIEWS: AUTHOR DARYL KHO AND ILLUSTRATOR SILLYJELLIE OF MIST-BOUND!
4th Oct 2021
In conjunction with Grandparent’s Day in Malaysia, we speak to @elliethopia and @darylkho about grandparents, their collaboration on the cover and just getting to know them better!
The A-List interviews the author of Mist-Bound!
30th Sept 2021
Daryl Kho blends the real world and mythical folklore from Southeast Asia and beyond, which will appeal to kids and teach them to appreciate their grandparents while they’re still around. Learn more about the book here! The A List is a one-stop online arts and culture portal for Singapore.
Mist-Bound Illustrator SillyJellie Nanyang SiangPau Malaysia Interview
29th Sept 2021
Mist-Bound was illustrated by a Disney artist! SillyJellie was recently engaged by Disney to illustrate a poster for Raya and the Last Dragon. She was also gave Mist-Bound an awesome shoutout in her newspaper feature article.
Twinkl Malaysian Blogger Spotlight
28th Sept 2021
Apart from UNESCO International Literacy Day, September is also the month of World Kid Lit, a movement that celebrates literature for children and teens around the globe. This September, we speak to inspiring young book bloggers from Malaysia and ask them to recommend us some of their favourite books for children and middle grades.
Project We Forgot Interview
25th Sept 2021
Project We Forgot is a support community for dementia caregivers. “Through this, I learned that sometimes the best way to move a person is not to push them but to take their hand and walk alongside them.” Follow the story of Daryl Kho, the author of Mist-Bound: How to Glue back Grandpa, and how his family stayed glued together while navigating the mist in difficult times.
makchic magazine Interview
21st Sept 2021
Makchic Magazine 21Sep21: Starting Family Conversations about Dementia with “Mist-Bound: How to Glue Back Grandpa”
supercoolbooks.com “Meet The Author”
18th Sept 2021
MEET THE AUTHOR: DARYL KHO, author of Mistbound: How to Glue Back Your Grandpa, published by Penguin Random House SEA
Interview with Hwee Goh @hweesbookshare
18th Sept 2021
Former ChannelNewsAsia journalist, author and book reviewer Hwee Goh and Daryl chatted about the inspirations behind some of the mythical creatures and much more. They even co-read an excerpt from Mist-Bound!
BFM Radio 89.9 Interview
14th Sept 2021
The Bigger Picture > Health & Living > HOW A DEMENTIA DIAGNOSIS CHANGES FAMILIES September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an annual international campaign to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma around dementia. This year’s campaign aims to shine a light on the warning signs of dementia, and to encourage people to seek out information, advice and support. In conjunction with it, we’re taking a look at how a dementia diagnosis affects not just the individual but the relationships within a family unit, especially when family members then have to take on the role of caregivers. Host Tee Shiao Eek speaks to Dr Khor Hui Min, consultant geriatrician from University Malaya Medical Centre, and Daryl Kho, author of the children’s book “Mist-Bound: How to Glue Back Grandpa”.
Sunday Times Singapore’s “Top 5 Hot-Off-The-Press Home grown “Books
5th Sept 2021
Sunday Times Singapore – Singapore Shelf “Top 5 hot-off-the-press home grown books”
Two Book Nerds Talking Interview FB Live Interview
3rd Sept 2021
Daryl’s Facebook Live interview with Two Book Nerds Talking which is hosted by two Malaysian gals, Honey Ahmad and Diana Yeong who love talking about everything about books
THE SUN MALAYSIA FEATURE
1st Sept 2021
The Sun is Malaysia’s first national free daily newspaper in tabloid form.
Banijay Rights’ Global Staff Spotlight
1st Sept 2021
Mist-Bound’s publication landed Daryl on his employer’s Global Staff Spotlight
Author of the Month: Times Bookstores Singapore
Mist-Bound had a storefront display at Times Bookstores’ flagship outlet at Waterway Point Mall.
Interview with Artist Nini Marini
20th August 2021
The multi-talented artist Nini Marini spoke to Daryl on IG Live about the creative processes and inspirations behind Mist-Bound: How to Glue back Grandpa
Daryl’s personal highlight from the session: hearing Nini’s thoughts about Mist-bound as a reader
A-List.SG “5 SingLit Books to Check Out”
18th August 2021
An initiative by the National Arts Council and supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communications, The A List is a one-stop online arts and culture portal for Singapore.
THE STAR MALAYSIA FEATURE
3rd August 2021
Full feature article on Daryl and Mist-Bound in The Star Malaysia’s Lifestyle & Culture Section. The Star is the largest paid English newspaper in terms of circulation in Malaysia,
Mist-Bound tops Best-seller Charts across bookstores in Singapore and Malaysia in second month of launch!
Zall Bookstore Singapore
#1 on Zall Bookstore Singapore’s Best Seller List across all English books!
CHART-TOPPING and selling out BOOKSTORES IN SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA IN SECOND MONTH OF LAUNCH!
Children’s Best-seller in Times Bookstores and Kinokuniya Singapore and Young Readers Best-seller on MPH Online Malaysia. Sold out in Epigram Bookshop Singapore!
#EveryoneCanBeSomeone Fundraising Campaign for TOUCH Community Service
5th July – 31st Aug 2021
Fundraising campaign for TOUCH Community Services’ Elderly Pillar
PENGUIN BOOKS’ LAUNCH PRESS RELEASE
23rd July 2021
Penguin Books’ Launch Press Release featured in Eksentrika.com
ADFM Caregiver Support Group Sharing Session
3rd July 2021
Private sharing session to 60 members of ADFM’s (Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation Malaysia) Caregivers Support Group.
2nd July 2021
VintageRadio’s legendary DJ’s Brain Richmond and Aloysius Tan, along with Daryl and co-guest Stanley Ho from Dementia Singapore explore how we can build a more #empathetic and supportive #society for dementia. Daryl talks about his book and shares his own experiences with dementia in the #family.
Daryl’s personal highlight from the session: when he’s asked what his favorite part of the book is, and Brian Richmond offers some very kind words.
Record Launch Pre-orders
Pre-order Book Signing Date! Pre-orders for Singapore and Malaysia have SOLD OUT, with Pre-order Retailers on both sides of the border (Times Goguru in Singapore and MPH in Malaysia) having to order re-stocks! Retailer (Times Goguru Singapore) shares that Mist-Bound has broken their record for Pre-order sales, despite the pre-order period being only two weeks long!