Author launches ‘selfie book’, distributes to Morobe schools


AUTHOR Glenn Armstrong has launched his latest book project – a catalogue of selfies from Papua New Guinea, in Lae.
The “selfie book” in short, started as a Facebook promotion with a local tech retail company Stuff.
Armstrong said the promotion was held last August, around the time the Covd-19 hit Papua New Guinea, forcing the country into emergency lockdown.
“It had hundreds of entries where people sent in photographs and little backstories to their photos,” he said.
“The company didn’t include backstories in the promo so my publishing instincts came in and I decided to publish a book.”
Armstrong described it as a “time capsule”, capturing beautiful stories during a time of tension and uncertainty.
He published the book at his own expense with no intention of making profit.
The now Lae-based author donated the “selfie book”, along with his previously published books to schools in Lae and Ramu.
Armstrong said he hoped this would encourage young adults to read, learn and grow their imaginations.
“Books have a magical quality that transcends and outlives social media,” he said.
“I want young to improve their literacy and go on to be confident in written language.
The hardcover books, published and donated by Armstrong of TLA Media Ltd are all related to Papua New Guinea: The Tonda, 100 Treks Across the Kokoda Trail, Roses At Eora Creek and A Catalogue of Selfies from Papua New Guinea.