Alvarius B interview on PopMatters

My interview with old pal Alan Bishop aka Alvarius B is now online at PopMatters…

https://www.popmatters.com/heathen-folklore-an-interview-with-alvarius-b-2495376493.html

Alan’s got a massive new 35 song release and from what I heard on the advance it’s his most engaging and ambitious solo work to date.

Check out the interview then buy the album and feel the power of having a beaker on the burner and an otter in the oven!

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Singapore Red Book Launch in Bali

I was thrilled to launch my novel Singapore Red at the 10th Annual Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference, held this year in beautiful Singaraja, Bali!

Singapore Red and Singapore Yellow were for sale at the conference book stall (as was my scholarly translation with Paul Bruthiaux of Alfred Raquez’s travel book In the Land of Pagodas).

As a last sweet kiss good bye, I spotted Singapore Black for sale at WH. Smith’s bookstore at the airport in Denpasar.

All around a positive and outstanding experience with a remarkable group of people. I already look forward to next year’s APWT conference!

To buy my trilogy, check out the website of Monsoon Books. http://www.monsoonbooks.co.uk/

To buy In the Land of Pagodas, check out the website of NIAS Press. http://www.niaspress.dk/books/land-pagodas

APDP review in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Hong Kong

Esoteric, you betcha! Here’s the brief but positive review of our translation of Alfred Raquez’s Au Pays des Pagodes from the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Hong Kong….

 

In the Land of Pagodas: A Classic Account of Travel in Hong Kong, Macao,
Shanghai, Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou by Alfred Raquez edited and
translated by William L. Gibson and Paul Bruthiaux
Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2017, 530 pages with 5 maps and 56 b/w
illustrations. HB ISBN: 978-87-7694-201-4, US$90; PB ISBN: 978-87-
7694-202-1, US$33
(Reviewed by Colin Day)

This translation published by the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies is
provided with a substantial introduction that tells us the material in the book
was originally published serially in 1898-99 in L’Echo de Chine: Journal des
Intérêts Français en Extrème-Orient, a weekly newspaper published in Shanghai.
It also tells us that the author using the pseudonym ‘Alfred Raquez’ was in
fact Joseph Gervais, a bankrupt, reprobate lawyer with a warrant out for his
arrest, who had fled France for the Far East in March 1898. Perhaps, with
such an author, one should not be surprised to find the writing lively and
engaging.

Briefly, Raquez/Gervais travelled widely in China, as the subtitle of
his book suggests, and wrote daily reports that tell of his experiences and
more valuably convey his detailed observations of life and customs wherever
he went. His writing on Macao, for example, provides both a colourful
description of the city and its buildings and also of the people that he saw as
he travelled around. Then in the very next report he shifts gears and provides
a prosaic but useful report on the industries of Macao. This is thus both an
enjoyable travel narrative and a useful source of information on China at the
end of the nineteenth century.

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Land-Pagodas-Classic-Shanghai-Exploring/dp/8776942023/

 

 

New Opium Traces…Quiet American

My latest Opium Traces article is now online over at PopMatters…it’s the first of a two-part look at pop representations of the American War in Vietnam.

First up, Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American and the two film adaptations…

Dig it here: http://www.popmatters.com/column/how-the-quiet-american-continues-to-colonize-vietnam/

Blok M architectural history with the sterling eye of Tariq Khalil

Blok M is one of my favotire areas of Jakarta and my pal, the energetic and engaged Tariq Khalil, has penned a fine article about the architectural history of the place for Indonesia Design magazine.

Check it out here: http://www.indonesiadesign.com/architecture-interior/side-blok-m-wish-knew/

Singapore Red BESTSELLER!!!

Spotted this past week at Singapore’s Changi airport…

Jump on the band wagon and buy buy buy my book…then buy the first two books in the trilogy!

checkout the link at http://www.williamlgibson.com/#!singapore-trilogy

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