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nepa~laya announces 2nd book

20 Jun 2006

After the runaway success of its début bestseller, Palpasa Café, its publisher nepa-laya has announced plans to launch its second book. 

It will be different from journalist Narayan Wagle's work of fiction that has sold record copies. This time nepa-laya is publishing a non-fiction pictorial book. "It will be a visual account of Nepal's decade of conflict," says journalist and editor Kunda Dixit  who conceptualised the book of photographs. 

nepa-laya has already called for entries from photographers through public notices. A portfolio of 10 photographs portraying Nepal's conflict can be sent as entry by all photographers. 

"We appeal to all those who have captured images of conflict, you needn’t be a professional photographer or a professional photojournalist," says Kiran Krishna Shrestha, team leader of nepa-laya. He adds: "We are glad to be working with Kunda dai on this project, I am confident it will be a powerful book with archival value."

 Dixit is a seasoned Nepali journalist of international repute.  Besides being editor and publisher at Himalmedia, he also writes for numerous international outlets and is the author of the book, Dateline Earth, Journalism As If the Planet Mattered. 

 "It will certainly be a challenge to select pictures from all the entries, but with help of two other international jury members, I am confident we will have a representative and high-quality selection," says Kunda Dixit.

 The launch of the book in September by nepa-laya will coincide with an exhibition of selected entries by photographers. "We are overwhelmed by the response so far,” says Kiran, “photographers from even remote areas are sending in their pictures."