Thailand is full of surprises, but one of the best was the discovery of so many healthy bookstores. Besides the work on my startup, I am now writing two books, both with connections to Thailand. Discovering bookstores has been an inspirational part of the
Bubiko Orwell Tour.
At the Fathom Bookstore in Bangkok, run by the friendly and helpful Kookai.
Additionally... I recently had a pleasant conversation with
Trasvin Jittidecharak, the publisher of Silkworm Press. We took no photos, though! We did discuss, however, this very interesting book.
And, before I entered Thailand, just after
Christmas, I was lucky to have 30 minutes of quality time with Gareth Richards, in his office above the legendary Gerakbudya Bookshop in Penang, Malaysia. The team headquartered here recently won an award for their outstanding work on the Georgetown Literary Festival.
About a year ago, in Kuala Lumpur, I had a very brief exchange with
Raman Krishnan, the proprietor of Silverfish Books, an English language, Malaysian-themed independent bookstore.
And... in Singapore:
Kenny Leck and Books Actually. Plus: Booktique, run by Anthony Koh Waugh!
But for now... Thailand.
Dao, a woman who is soon opening a bookshop. Her deep respect and passion for books made a strong impression upon me. Thailand and Southeast Asia and the world of books. OnwARd!
Because of Facebook and
the Mekong Review, I just discovered Bangkok's Open House Bookshop.
Oh yeah... you're here because you are enigmatic, intelligent and interested in w o r d s...
I dare ya...