Launch of Fluxion

Posted on the 19th February 2014 by Lindsay

On Friday 14 February EDM's latest title, Fluxion - Kumari Nahappan: Arts & Thoughts, was launched. The launch was held at The Glass Hall at the Singapore Art Museum.

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You can see many of Kumari's public art sculptures and installations throughout Singapore, including Pedas Pedas a giant bronze chilli at the National Museum of Singapore, Saga at Changi Airport and Nutmeg at ION Orchard. Go check them out.


What We're Reading: Yonghui

Posted on the 14th January 2014 by Lindsay

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More from inside 7 Days in Myanmar

Posted on the 27th December 2013 by Lindsay

The following spreads are from the Yangon + Nay Pyi Daw chapter of the book.

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Main photo (left): Aung San Suu Kyi is greeted by her faithful at Yangon's inetrnational airport. Born in 1945, she is the daughter of Myanmar's revered independence hero Aung San, the man credited with ridding the nation of British colonial occupation. She fully inherited her father's revolutionary pedigree in 1990, the year her National League for Democracy party soundly won popular elections that should have sent her to the prime minister's seat. Instead, the military annulled the election and confined her to house arrest for much of the following two decades. Photo by Aung Pyae MYANMAR.
Photo group right: Win Tin (top), founding patriarch of the National League for Democracy and one of Myanmar's best-known former political prisoners. Confined off and on for roughly two decades by the now-defunct junta, he is currenlty outspoken and free. Tin Oo (centre), a former army commander turned political dissident and right-hand man of Aung San Suu Kyi,at the National League of Democracy headquarters. Khun Htun Oo (bottom), a former political prisoner and leading statesman from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy. Photos by Athit Perawongmetha THAILAND.

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Top left: Fifty-year-old Khin Soe works in a cavernous kiln outside of Bago, a small town 60 km (37 miles) from Yangon. His pottery gig generates cash during a dry season lull. Farming is his primary vocation. Bottom left: Young women roll local cheroots near Bago, a centre of production for these large mild cigars, which have been popular with both men and women in Myanmar since pre-colonial times. Right: A farmer ploughs the earth with his cattle in the early morning mist near Tharyawady, north-west of Yangon. While 70 percent of people live without electricity in Myanmar, its reach is spreading year by year. All photos by SC Shekar MALAYSIA.

Sneak peek at 7 Days in Myanmar

Posted on the 26th December 2013 by Lindsay

These two spreads from 7 Days in Myanmar are from the Yangon + Nay Pyi Daw chapter.

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Caption: The over-2500-year-old Sule Pagoda is in the very centre of Yangon; the distance between Yangon and other places in Myanmar is measured from this pagoda. Lieutenant Alexander Fraser, the Scottish military engineer who planned Yangon's street grid in the 1850s, used the chessboard design of an earlier period, with narrow north-south numbered streets and wide boulevards running east-west, starting from the riverside and with Sule Pagoda in the centre. Photo by Catherine Karnow USA.

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Caption: A shinpyu Buddhist novitiation ceremony is held at Shwedagon Pagoda. The young men about to become novices lead the procession dressed as royal princes, followed by young girls who each wear the costume and headdress of a princess. Photo by Athit Perawongmetha THAILAND.


7 Days in Myanmar iOS App

Posted on the 12th December 2013 by Lindsay

The 7 Days in Myanmar app is now available to download for free from iTunes.

The app features new content that was not published in the book. There are videos, audio, informative captions and photo galleries. Check it out here now.


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Photos from the app.

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Pop-up captions for each image include a description of the subject of the photo, the photographer's name and home country.

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The app includes video footage and audio files.

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Galleries of never-before published photographs from the one-week shoot are also included.

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Photos by Minzayar that are featured in the app.

7 Days in Myanmar radio interview

Posted on the 10th December 2013 by Lindsay

This Friday 13 December 7 Days in Myanmar's project director Melisa Teo will give an interview about the multimedia project. Catch her on the Talking Books segment of 938 LIVE with Michelle Martin at 6.40pm.

Swiss Santa event

Posted on the 10th December 2013 by Lindsay

Editions Didier Millet was invited to sell copies of its latest release The Swiss in Singapore at a Swiss Santa event on Sunday at the Swiss Ambassador's residence. At the event we were introduced to Swiss Santa's slightly sinister sidekick, Schmutzli. Swiss Santa, known as Samichlaus, rewards children who have been well behaved throughout the year while Schmutzli punishes the children who have been badly behaved.

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Copies of The Swiss in Singapore for sale at the event.

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The children gather to see Samichlaus and Schmutzli.

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We'd be a bit hesitant too ...

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The adults also had a chance to catch up.

Photo credit: All photos by Qiu Yonghui.





The Swiss in Singapore

Posted on the 6th December 2013 by Lindsay

The Swiss in Singapore launched on the evening of 26 November 2013 at the Swiss Ambassador's residence. In attendance were His Excellency Professor Tommy Koh, His Excellency Ambassador Thomas Kupfer, the book's author Dr Andreas Zangger and representatives from many of the companies that generously sponsored the book's publication.

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Banners from EDM and the Swiss Embassy at the launch of The Swiss in Singapore.

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From left: His Exellency Professor Tommy Koh, Dr Andreas Zangger and His Excellency Ambassador Thomas Kupfer.

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Guests at the launch of The Swiss in Singapore.

EDM would like to thank Ambassador and Mrs Kupfer for hosting the launch of the book.

7 Days in Myanmar has launched!

Posted on the 4th December 2013 by Lindsay

7 Days in Myanmar launched in Yangon on Monday 2 Decemeber 2013.

Check back with the blog over the next couple of days and we will share photos from the launch and pictures from the book with you.

Ahoy! Pirates!

Posted on the 18th November 2013 by Lindsay

EDM's latest release, Pirates & Privateers in Mauritius, is now available for purchase.

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At the beginning of the 17th century, pirates infested the Caribbean waters, harassing the major European powers, but they were eventually driven from the region. Some pirates took refuge in Madagascar, where they attempted to capture the lucrative cargo carried by vessels on the shipping route of the European East India Companies. At the end of the 18th century, in order to weaken British influence in the Indian Ocean, France hired privateers to attack commercial ships of the British East India Company. This was an alternative to open warfare, and heralded the privateers' era. Denis Piat recounts the history of the pirates and privateers in the Indian Ocean, especially in Mauritius, from the pirates' arrival in the region to the wrecked ships still to be found today in deep water, and provides portraits of the most famous privateers among them. 

About the author

Denis Piat was born in Mauritius in 1943. He began his career in air transport, travel and tourism in 1963. After launching two companies in this industry on behalf of Mauritian business groups, he was recruited in 1978 as the Director of Kenya Airways in France, where he was in charge of its Paris office until 1998. Piat has been interested in the history of his native island since he was a young boy. During his time in Mauritius, he started a collection of old and rare books on Mauritius. After moving to Paris, he continued to enrich his collection, extending his research to antiquarian lithoprints, etchings and maps. Eager to share his passion, Piat assembled the materials into a book, Mauritius: On the Spice Route 1598-1810, which was published in English in 2010.