Tuesday, May 18, 2010
2 book launches this week at Monument Books in Phnom Penh and a talk tomorrow night by Milton Osborne at the Australian Centre for Education will keep me occupied. Dr Osborne will take a look back over his years spent in visiting Cambodia, a place he first came to in the year I was born, 1959, when he was posted to the Australian Embassy. His book Phnom Penh: A Cultural and Literary History was well received on its release in 2008. The talk at ACE Auditorium (Street 214) will begin at 6.15pm. On Thursday evening at 6pm, the formal launch of Beyond the Apsara will take place with the editors of the book in attendance and no doubt a host of dance glitterati at Monument. I know Belle is hoping to be there before she's off to perform in Singapore and the States as will Toni Shapiro-Phim, one of the books' contributors. Then on Sunday, I hope football won't keep me away from the launch by DC-Cam of a book all about Bou Meng, one of just a handful of S-21 survivors, written by Huy Vannak. Tom Fawthrop has just informed me that his book, Getting Away With Genocide?, which he co-authored with Helen Jarvis in 2004, will soon be out in a Khmer language edition, courtesy of DC-Cam. It will have a postscript of the time lapse between the book's release and the current trials that are taking place.