Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sam's Signs from Kratie

All smiles from the author Sam Roberts at tonight's launch
It's a dangerous past-time walking into Monument Books on Norodom Boulevard. This evening, I went along for the launch of a new book by Sam Roberts - Hand-Painted Signs of Kratie - which is the culmination of two years searching for hand painted street and shop signs in and around the riverside town where he's been based with VSO, and ended up spending too much money on new books. It's always the same. I leave Monument with far less money in my wallet. Sam did a slide show presentation at his book launch and the idea worked well, because of course his book is about visual signs. It's self-published and about a topic which is more common than you might think. Another book of shop signs in Cambodia was published in French only last week. Robert Joiner released a book on the same topic in 2005. Sam's is set in Kratie, though similar signs to the ones he found, and collected, appear all over the country. In his book he also offers up more background on the painters themselves as well as a wealth of photographs of the signs he's encountered on his travels. I added a copy of his book to my own library, as well as picking up Ronnie Yimsut's Facing The Khmer Rouge, which came out in paperback earlier this year, and has had great reviews, and Colin Cotterill's novel, set in Cambodia, called Love Songs From A Shallow Grave.
Sam signs his life away

The proud author with his new book

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Blogger Sam Roberts said...

Thanks Andy, good to see you at the launch, I hope you enjoy the book and what it has to say about this great aspect of Cambodian culture.

December 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Sam Roberts said...

PS. The book has a blog which you can follow for my ongoing reporting into the hand-painted signs of Kratie and Cambodia. It is at

December 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM  

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