Ann's Great Idea

Meet The Author  |  Festival Highlights  |  English  |  1 hr

10 Nov Wed, 8pm - 9pm
Festival Pass Plus  - $28 (Early Bird) | $35 (Regular)
location SISTIC Live
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It all started with one idea, then a hundred. In the late '80s the world was gifted with The Baby-Sitters Club, the wildly popular book series following an endearing bunch of tween girl entrepreneurs starting up a babysitting business, irrevocably inspiring millions of girls around the world. Since then, literary legacy Ann M. Martin has written several notable works including Main Street, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, and A Dog's Life (get your tissues ready for this one). In this festival conversation highlight, we sit down with Ann M. Martin for a nostalgic celebration of her great ideas, a reflection on growing pains and contemporary struggles, and what it takes to weave such relatable stories for that warm fuzzy feeling.

Relax. Take a break. Join the club.

This programme is made possible with the support of the U.S. Embassy Singapore, and includes a live Q&A towards the end of the session.


Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of four novels, including Singapore Literature Prize finalist Sugarbread, and Inheritance, which won the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist award. Her international bestseller Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows was selected by Reese Witherspoon's Book Club, with a forthcoming feature film adaptation. Besides fiction, Jaswal has also written essays and op-eds which have appeared in publications such as The New York Times. She is preparing for the 2023 release of her upcoming novel.