book launch of “Bangkok Blondes” at FCCT

FCCT, originally uploaded by elliptic curve.
Tonight I went down to the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand for a book signing of “Bangkok Blondes”.
Bangkok Blondes is anthology of writing about Bangkok from the Bangkok Women’s Writers Group.
Writing by expatriates in Thailand is dominated by books like  “Private Dancer”, “Money Number 1” and “Hello my name Lon, you like me?” — for the male sexpat by the male sexpat. Interesting insights into the male mid-life crisis, perhaps, but the genre gets repetitive. Bangkok Blondes is a welcome change.

What struck me the most was the passion that these female writers felt for this strange and wondrous city. “I came here for three days, and I’m still here. Bangkok is that kind of city” said Anette Pollner, German opera director and novelist. At last someone understands my feelings for Bangkok!

Sarah Sutro shared some moving poems. Ellen Bee read a hilarious piece about how to secure a seat on the Skytrain. Jess Tansutat discussed the difficulties of finding a good man in Bangkok (amen, sistah!), while Zoe Popham read about having a Thai girl strapped to her head, aka hair extensions. Anette Pollner read a splendid piece called “The Last of the Great White Lovers”. Janet Gaddess described the challenges of a shopaholic in Bangkok.

The authors also encouraged new women to join the writing group.

When asked what advice she would give to men writing about Thailand, in an effort to improve the genre, Anette Pollner said she would give them the same advice she has for female writers: “life your life as richly and as passionately as possible, write as richly and passionately as possible” (paraphrase)

2 Responses to “book launch of “Bangkok Blondes” at FCCT”

  1. 1 Jo January 8, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    You’re a great writer. Thanks for the low down on the book launch, I have heard a lot about this ‘Bangkok Blondes’ book. Unfortunately everytime I go into Kinokinia and Asia Books etc etc it seems to have just sold out. I’m hoping to get a copy soon

    I really like your photos too. They are simple but beautiful pictures that tourists wouldnt take, but which bring a lot of enjoyment to those living here. Thank you

  2. 2 julielavoie January 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂 Glad to know you enjoy my blog. 🙂

    Yeah, I nabbed a copy at the book launch, but the authors mentioned that it was selling like hotcakes in the stores.

    Thank you about my pictures — that’s exactly what I like taking pictures of: little details of everyday life that are interesting.

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