All abuzz at ST's Big Read Meet

All abuzz at ST's Big Read Meet
Senior writer Cheong Suk-Wai (right, in black) moderating the second Big Read Meet Wednesday night.

More than 40 readers joined senior writer Cheong Suk-Wai at the National Library Board (NLB) headquarters on Wednesday for The Straits Times' second Big Read Meet.

The quarterly gathering, held in partnership with the NLB, discusses new books with big ideas.

Wednesday night's pick was best- selling American author Malcolm Gladwell's David And Goliath, which looks into why and how underdogs often overcome the odds that life has stacked against them.

Gladwell's argument that being small, light and humble can actually be advantageous in a complex world resonated strongly with Wednesday's participants. In particular, they had a lively debate about why society tends to prize only those who are big, strong and rich.

Two-thirds of the readers who turned up Wednesday night had attended the first Big Read Meet on July 17.

They enjoyed it so much that they asked that it be held on a regular basis.


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