Thursday, August 9, 2012

Happy National Day!

Not only is 9 August Singapore's National Day - Indonesia's Independence Day is on 17 August and Malaysia's Hari Merdeka is on 31 August!  Hooray Nusantara! (Of course, Brunei had to be clever and hold their National Day on 1 January. :P)

Still reading the Hikayat Hang Tuah, but it's good (or at least bizarrely interesting) stuff. Should be done by next week. In the meantime, here's a cropped photo from awesome bookstore/publisher Select Books:

On their Facebook wall, they said: 

"We brought 600 books related to SE Asia published over the past 100 years to a studio and took a photo with a high-res camera suspended from the ceiling. This is a cropped version with the larger version on display at our retail store. How many do you recognise? Does this not make one realise how rich a publishing history we have?"

And almost all these are English language books too - just imagine the full range of books in Thai, Lao, Khmer, Burmese, Mandarin, Tamil, Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, and the ridiculous panoply of languages the Philippines has.

The photo's also touching for me because there are so many books featured by people and institutions I know and love: Stella Kon, X'Ho, Dick Lee, Elangovan, Adrian Tan, Colin Goh, Richard Lord, Teo Soh Lung, the National Museum, the Singapore Art Museum. Why, there's even Haresh Sharma's Trilogy in the middle of the left-hand edge, the very book I began this blog with. 

My own book, GASPP, is slightly left of centre, upside-down. It's the one with the topless swimmer boy on the cover. :)

Haven't yet been to the shop to see the full shot. Expect it's even more amazing.

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