Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Shors in town

Author, John Shors
John Shors, the author of Temple of a Thousand Faces, will be in Phnom Penh and talking about his book and storytelling at Monument Books on Saturday 6 April from 5pm. The book is set at the time of Jayavarman 7th's Angkor in the 12th century. It's a rattling good read, bringing to life the story of the prince, as he was then, just after his kingdom was overrun by the marauding Chams. We get to peer into the everyday life of fisherfolk on the Tonle Sap Lake as well as inside the palaces of the high and mighty, with at least three love stories weaving through the book's 500-pages. Hot on the tail of John Burgess' A Woman of Angkor, these two novels do a fantastic job of putting some meat on the historical bones of the amazing Angkor Empire, and I thoroughly recommend both of them. Shors is a very popular novelist and his first five novels, Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, The Wishing Trees, and Cross Currents, have won multiple awards, and have been translated into twenty-five languages.

Another book to hit the kindles and ebook readers recently is The Definitive Guide to Moving to SouthEast Asia, Cambodia edition, written by Gabrielle Yetter.  Essentially an insider's guide to moving to and living in Cambodia. Gabrielle moved here in 2010 and has also penned a recently-published book for PSE on Cambodian desserts. Students are the target audience of Jeff Hay's Cambodia (Genocide and Persecution), published by Greenhaven Press last month, 240 pages.

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