January 31, 2009

Thai 101 Giveaway: The Happiness of Kati autographed

Tonight I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting "Jane" Ngarmpun Vejjajiva (งามพรรณ เวชชาชีวะ). She's best known as the author of the 2006 S.E.A. Write Award-winning novel(la) ความสุขของกะทิ (see my review), translated into English as The Happiness of Kati, and with a film adaptation currently in Thai theaters.

She also translated Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire into Thai. (Lately her surname is in the news a lot, too, as she's the older sister of a certain Prime Minister named Abhisit.)

The occasion was a fundraising fair for the Thai Fulbright foundation, which oversees Fulbright grantees to/from Thailand, like me. A number of senior Thais are former Fulbright grantees, including a Fellow of the Royal Institute who I met tonight.

Jane was there to help raise money, selling signed copies of the book that made her famous. I snagged one for my collection, naturally, but I also thought of you, dear reader. My copy is inscribed with ขอมอบแด่คุณริกเกอร์. The one I'm giving away is just her signature and the date: 31/1/52.

This is a brand new copy of the 62nd (!) printing of the book, printed January 2009. The cover shown is the 9th printing, but otherwise it looks the same.

To enter this little contest, just send me an email (preferably with "Thai 101" somewhere in the subject line). Let's make the cutoff, say, next Sunday, February 8th.

Anyone in the world is welcome to enter. It's a very slim book, so I'll stick it in a padded envelope and ship it off to pretty much anywhere. Note that this is the Thai language edition, not the English translation. Just a heads up. You're still welcome to enter even if you just want it for a souvenir.

I'll make the decision next weekend, and if you win I'll write you to ask for your mailing address.

Finally, so you know I'm no faker, here is me getting your book signed for you:

I asked Jane how work was going on her latest projects, and she said her next book will be released in February. So keep an eye out for that, too.

In the meantime, good luck!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent! I missed this post somehow...

    I have both versions of the Happiness of Kati (English and Thai).

    I still haven't made it to the movie though. Life has been crazy busy and I keep forgetting to track it down in Bangkok.