Give the Gift of Timor-Leste
for the Holiday
B99 A Boy and the Crocodile: The Legend of East
Illustrated by children from the Familia Home Orphanage
The Boy and the Crocodile is the legend of East Timor,
about how the island of Timor got its curious shape. It is also a parable
about kindness, and now a children's book that is benefiting vulnerable
kids. The book was illustrated by children from the Familia Hope Orphanage
in East Timor, including many who lost their parents in the country's violent
struggle for independence. proceeds from sales go to the orphanage.
B99a Labarik Ho Lafaek:
Aik-nanoik id husi Timor-Leste
Desnhu husi labarik orfenato Familia Hope
Affirm Press, 2011 $20 paperback
B92 Peace of Wall: Street Art from
by Chris Parkinson (foreword by Jose Ramos-Horta)
The images and words adorning the walls of East Timor reflect the country's
tumultuous history, precarious present and hopeful future. They endow the
social landscape with a rawness and honesty absent from their media, and
echo the struggle towards new nationhood. Peace of Wall is widely contradictory,
emotionally charged, instantly engaging and consistently dramatic. It's
life in East Timor.
Chris Parkinson spent four years living and working in East Timor. Throughout
this time, he documented the changing political and social climate in East
Timor through its street art. He amassed over 3000 photographs and hundreds
of hours of interviews. Peace of Wall showcases a selection of these inspirational
stories and artwork.
Affirm Press 2010 191 pp. Full-color, Flexibound $35
Chris Parkinson's blog
B64 Timor-Leste Land of Discovery
by Dan Groshon
This gorgeous coffee table picture book illustrates the great beauty of
new nation's landscape and people. An ideal gift.
I am Timorese, living abroad (in Portugal), since I was 11 years old.
I want to thank you for your book, Timor-Leste Land of Discovery, which
gives me some images of Timor, my homeland, that I left 24 years ago. The
images are absolutely fantastic and many are of parts of Timor still unknown
to me. Timor-Leste Land of Discovery gives me a fantastic free journey to
Timor where I hope one day I can return. The title of the book is a perfect
resume of the images that you can find within. -- Ângelo Gonçalves
This book brings new images of this new land. This book will surely offer
everyone great unforgettable moments of contemplation on the natural beauties
of Timor-Leste. -- President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão.
These evocative photographs present our culture and our traits in a way
no other book has done before. José Ramos-Horta
TAYO PHOTO GROUP Ltd. 2006. Hardcover, large-format, 189 pp. $50
Profile of photographer in The Oregonian
HK Magazine review of Timor-Leste Land of
B103 Sounds of the Soul: The
Traditional Music of Timor-Leste/ Lian Husi Klamar: Musika Tradisional Husi
with Lafaek Holds a Party
by Ros Dunlop
first book about the traditional music of Timor-Leste will appeal to those
interested in the traditional culture of Timor, particularly its music,
and the visual splendor of the country. The book, the culmination of ten
years research, features visually-rich pages in full color, with 20
reproductions of contemporary paintings by selected East Timorese artists.
Twenty traditional songs complete with text and music notation in both Western
and Indonesian systems. A separate 52-page coloring booklet, Lafaek Holds
a Party, introduces Timor's traditional instruments to children aged
5 to 12, with delightful illustrations by Timorese artists, Tony Amaral
and Pelle Pereira.
Author and musician Ros Dunlop made her first trip to Timor-Leste in
April 2002 with Timor activist brothers Robert and Martin Wesley-Smith. Ros and Martin gave concerts of Martin’s audiovisual pieces about East Timor.
Ros then began visiting Timor-Leste regularly to record its special music.
The skilled musicians who participated were acutely aware of the importance
of recording their music for posterity. The translators and assistants who
helped to organize the recording sessions, the artists from Arte Moris Art
School, and the young Timorese from the audiovisual archive, Centro Archivo
Max Stahl Timor-Leste, helped to make this project happen.
The text is in both Tetun and English.
2012, 160 pp. $75
includes DVD video and CD audio
recordings of traditional music and performances and separate 52-page coloring
booklet, Lafaek Holds a Party
The book is wonderful and everyone love it. I am playing the music
the sound in my car. Loving it. The book is so genuine, like the music inside,
‘genuine, innocence and spontaneous’. --Josh Trindade, Advisor, Research,
Analysis and Social-Cultural Issues, Presidential Palace, Dili