Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Moore...de Vries

Christopher G Moore is a prolific Canadian fiction writer with a massive cult following. He resides in Bangkok and bases most of his novels, 22 in total, on the Thai capital and beyond, though his Zero Hour in Phnom Penh, also titled Cut Out, came out in 1994 after he spent time in the Cambodian capital covering the UNTAC period. He's best known for his classic, Land of Smiles Trilogy, and his highly popular Vincent Calvino Private Eye series. He will be back in town this Thursday, 17 Nov, and signing books at Monument Books on Norodom Boulevard from 6pm. I'm frantically reading Zero Hour in preparation. I've had the book for a while but it was on my 'must read' pile which is quite high off the ground I must admit. Now it's made its way to the top. Moore is known for his ability to "capture the bewitching spirit and rice-cooker passions of Southeast Asia." Check him out at his website.

On the subject of new books, my good pal, Eric de Vries, Siem Reap resident and ace photographer, has just published a new book on LuLu, all about street photography and neatly entitled, Street. The photos are mostly in black and white except for the complete series 'Darkness of the White Building,' with pictures from a recent trip to Phnom Penh. It's his 5th book (220 pages) and is part one of a trilogy, aptly named The Works of Eric de Vries. Part 2 and 3 (Series and Ultimate Angkor) will be published before the end of this year. More at www.ericdevries.nl. He's also just published a 2012 calendar called All Eyes on Cambodia. I've yet to get my free copy.
The latest offering from photographer Eric de Vries

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