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Cambodia will launch 5th National Book Fair on December, 8 – 10 2017. The event will be organized at National Library of Cambodia located in Phnom Penh, near ministry of economic.
I am writer. I have prepared myself for this exhibition.
First, I wrote novel for teenager and gave to Nokor An publisher to publish the book. The story was about life of Khmer youth nowadays and their favorite communication online tool, facebook. Also, I included words that Khmer youth in present love to use. It was created by Khmer youth like new words, shortcut words, Khmer word mix with English etc.
Video from Nokor An Editons youtube channel
Second, I published books. I am working in book publisher named Hang Sor. This year, Hang Sor published 3 books to sell in the book fair. They were ‘Daughter of Garbage Seller’, ‘Sound of 3 Gun Shots at High School’ (both of them were fiction) and ‘Old and New Words, Style of Cambodian Youth’ (it is non-fiction, a compilation of words created by Khmer youth).
Video from សម្លេងធម្មយុត្តិខ្មែរ Facebook Page
Before the event, there were many promotion. It is marketing strategy. We have to make known to people about our books then we have chance to get customers in the event.
It is not free. We pay for 3 days event. So, we have to sell book to get money back. Yes, job related to book are not well paid. We cannot be rich by selling book but we love book and we want Cambodian children and people having good books to read that’s why we work hard even though we don’t get anything back.