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Blueblood publisher gives Bangkok an edge

The driving force behind Thai capital's arts and literary festival is keen to challenge stereotypes

Publisher and festival director Narisa Chakrabongse aims to put Thailand on the international arts map with the Bangkok Edge Festival, an annual gathering focused on literature, music and food. (Photo by Poomchai Chumbala)

BANGKOK -- Narisa Chakrabongse, granddaughter of a Thai prince and great-granddaughter of King Rama V, known as King Chulalongkorn, has spent much of her life being exactly the opposite of what one might expect. Part-British and Russian in her lineage, she is devoted to challenging unfortunate stereotypes about Thailand -- especially when it comes to books and critical thought.

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