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‘A Dark Book With a Heart’
Phnom Penh Noir publisher and authors
support street children's education

Bangkok (25 July 2013) – At the heart of noir literature may be wretchedness and misery, but even a very dark fiction is not devoid of hope and has a heart.

Heaven Lake Press (HLP) and the 15 authors of Phnom Penh Noir join in helping disadvantaged children’s education in Cambodia. A USD 1,500 donation has been made to two organizations helping poor street children and orphans. The fund comes from 20 per cent of the publisher’s net proceeds and 20 per cent of the authors’ royalties from the first six months of the book sales, since the book was launched in Phnom Penh in November 2012. >>read more


Congratulations to Bopha Phorn for being the first woman from Cambodia to have received the Courage in Journalism Award this year from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). Her short story "Dark Truths" is featured in Phnom Penh Noir.

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced its short list for the Arthur Ellis Award 2013 and Reunion has been nominated in the category of Best Novella. Reunion is one of the stories included in Phnom Penh Noir. A German and French edition are in the works and should be released by the summer 2013.


[See also: Bangkok Noir]

About the book:

Many noir anthologies have inspired writers and publishers around the world to gather novelists to set noir stories in a city. When it comes to noir, not all cities are equal. The history of genocide and dislocation sets Phnom Penh apart from other places. What other city in modern times was emptied of all of his people at gun point, a city abandoned and left as a ghost town?

The authors of Phnom Penh Noir take you inside the lives of Cambodians who carry that legacy of that fateful day on 17th April 1975 when the Khmer Rouge arrived and forced the population to evacuate to the countryside. The Khmer Rouge experiment resulted in radical transformation of a society that left a bloody trail, one that left almost no family untouched, and hovers close to the surface in these stories.

In Phnom Penh Noir, the stories, lyrics, and cover photograph have joined legendary creative talents like Roland Joffe, James Grady and John Burdett along with a young generation of Cambodians. The noir tales unfold through multiple points of view and enrich the reading experience. Truth, mortality, regret, betrayal, and loss play out in these stories, poetry and lyrics.

The authors and publishers will contribute twenty percent of their earnings from this book to selected charity organizations in Cambodia.


NOIR PHOTO ART BY JONATHAN VAN SMIT

 
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