Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kent on cloud 9

Kent Davis and myself holding copies of George Groslier's Cambodian Dancers
I skipped over to Monument Books this morning to meet up with effervescent publisher Kent Davis, as his Cambodian Dancers - Ancient and Modern went on sale, the first English language translation of George Groslier's Danseuses Cambodiennes, together with additional sections such as a detailed biography of Groslier, an interview and preface from Princess Buppha Devi as well as the original French translation too. When Kent publishes a book, he makes sure we get our monies worth. He was still on cloud 9 after Friday night's suit and tie reception at the National Museum to honour the work of George Groslier had gone swimmingly well, with special appearances by the Princess and the sacred dancers from the NKFC Conservatoire based in Banteay Srei. Groslier was the visionary who founded the National Museum and the School of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, as well as publishing a series of books and manuscripts on Cambodia. Future Groslier works that Kent's publishing house DatASIA are looking to launch are In the Shadow of Angkor and Water and Light: Personal Glimpses of the Cambodian Mekong. I managed to squirrel away a copy of Angkor the Magnificent by Helen Churchill Candee, another DatASIA book publication, whilst Earth In Flower remains elusive. However both books should be on sale in Monument Books pretty soon and should be on the shopping list of any serious collector of books on Cambodia.
This afternoon I spent most of it under the sun watching Phnom Penh Crown win a friendly match against Prek Pra Keila, somewhat relieved that I managed to make the deadline for a magazine I am writing on the football club, which needed to be with the designer yesterday and with the printer on Monday. It's a glossy magazine that acts as a yearbook for the forthcoming season that is just about to start. I also had a good look at the dormitories and other rooms that have been completed and fitted out awaiting the arrival of the under 13 youngsters tomorrow, from provinces all over the country, as we embark on the first residential football academy in Cambodia. This is indeed an historic time to be associated with the Crown football team, with their serious commitment to youth development and their determination to lead the way in terms of making football a truly professional sport in this country.
Kent signing a copy of Cambodian Dancers for a customer at Monument Books this morning

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