Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New arrivals

Big thanks to Sue Guiney who has just sent me a kindle edition of her latest book set in Cambodia, Out of the Ruins, published by Ward Wood Publishing. Sue is in Cambodia at the moment, she comes every year to do writing workshops with the kids at Anjali House in Siem Reap. And will be in Phnom Penh to give a reading at Java Arts along with a Khmer poet called Phou Chakriya on Thursday, 20 March, at 6 pm. It's a date. Serious kudos to Sue who does a great job in passing on her skills and support to the Khmer writers of the future.

I also received an advance review copy of Thierry Cruvellier's The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer - yes, its about the trial of Comrade Duch - from William at Monument Books. It should be on sale at Monument late next month for $25. Hardback edition, 326 pages, published by ecco/HarperCollins.

Met a rep from a new hotel recently opened in Pursat town, midway between Phnom Penh and Battambang and felt a pang of sorrow for the hotel, the KM Hotel, and how they will fill their 148 rooms in a town that people, generally speaking, whizz through on their way to somewhere else. Highway 5 aint too bad these days and you can do the PPenh to BBang trip in about five hours. You might stop for a bite to eat in Pursat, or for a wee, but to be honest, the only tourist this hotel will see is a Khmer one. Foreigners stopping a night in Pursat will be, hmmm, let me think, a big fat zero. Then another rep arrived from a new hotel to open later this year in Siem Reap. 5-star and to be called J7 Hotel, after the famous Khmer king, yet I'm told the hotel will be designed in a classical neo-Roman style. Duh!...J7 and it'll be Romanesque. I don't get it.

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