"We condemn in the strongest terms NLB’s decision to remove and destroy these books, given that it is responsible for the dissemination of information rather than its destruction," said T. Sasitharan, Romen Bose, and Robin Hemley.
The trio are prominent figures in Singapore’s small but vocal arts and literary community. The Singapore Literature Prize is considered the city-state’s most prestigious writing award.
The state-funded NLB last week confirmed that three titles would be destroyed following complaints by a parent and an internal review.
They include “And Tango Makes Three” — a true story about two male penguins in a New York zoo that raised a baby penguin — and “The White Swan Express”, which features children adopted by straight, gay, mixed-race and single parents.
The third book, “Who’s In My Family”, discusses different types of families, including references to gay couples.