Friday, January 18, 2013

Up for a top gong

Kim Fay and myself in Phnom Penh in 2009
To say that I'm chuffed for my friend Kim Fay is an understatement. I imagine she can hardly catch her breath. Her debut novel, The Map of Lost Memories, largely based on temple-hunting adventures in Cambodia and released last year, has been nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American author. If you think about how many books are published each year, Kim is one of just six authors up for this gong, which will be announced at a gala banquet on 2 May in New York. My fingers are firmly crossed. Kim was the series editor for my own book, To Cambodia With Love, so we have a long history where books are concerned.
Coming soon to Phnom Penh and Monument Books, another pal, John  Burgess, will be hosting a book launch of his debut novel, A Woman of Angkor, on Tuesday 29 January at 6pm. As I am typing a review copy of the book just landed on my desk. I kid you not. I had better get reading, pronto. And I've just heard that author John Shors will be in the capital in April, for a launch of his latest novel, out next month, Temple of a Thousand Faces. I hope to do a question and answer with the author very soon. It's getting busy around here.

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