Open House

The libraries and bookstores leading a revival of the written word. 

Having worked as a construction laborer, insurance surveyor and batik painter, writer-slash-poet Krirksit Palamart, 44, has just been announced as the latest recipient of Thailand’s S.E.A. Write Award for his poetry collection Nakhon Khon Nok (Outsider Town), published under his alias Palang Piangpirun. BK chats to him about his life journey and how sorrow makes for great subject matter. 

The city just got two really cool new book shops, and soon welcomes the biggest book fair in the world.

Although all the workshops are fully booked, you can still take part in the talks, all of which will be organized at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Rama 1 Rd. BTS National Stadium) this Jul 17-19. Here’s what’s happening.

Forget the big chains and digital downloads, Thailand's still got plenty of niche indie bookstores. Here are just some of them worth traveling for.

From Jun 20-28, some of Bangkok’s coolest bookstores roll out special events and deals.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
In honor of Bangkok’s two biggest book fairs, here are our favorite independent bookstores from one of the most literary cities in the world: New York.

Thai bookstores are too full of self-help books and guides to playing the stock market. In order to promote greater diversity in our publishing industry, Prowpannarai  Mallikamarl, 36, and Kittisuk Panyajirakul, 29, set up Afterword, a crowd-funding platform aimed at helping aspiring writers realize their dreams. Here’s how it works. 

As the second round of the annual Bangkok International Book Fair kicks off this week, we visit The Reading Room, a non-profit contemporary art library on Silom Road founded by Narawan “Kyo” Pathomvat, 35, without any public support. Now five years old, the library welcomes weekly events on top of its many regular visitors.

Photo: Suksit Siam

The big chains are boring. Here are the smaller stores putting a spell on book lovers.