Saturday, April 13, 2013

Malaysia's 13th General Elections: Policies, Institutions and Social Change


Talk by Prof. Dr. Edmund Terence Gomez of Department of Administrative Studies and Politics, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya.

Topic: "Malaysia's 13th General Elections: Policies, Institutions and Social Change"
Address: Silverfish Books, 28-1 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Date and time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Edmund Terence Gomez specializes in state-market relations and the linkages between ethnicity, politics and capital development. He received a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Malaya in 1993. He is Professor of Political Economy at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, which he joined as a lecturer in 1994, and where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on developmental state and social change, Malaysia's political economy, and state, business and ethnicity in Southeast Asia.

The G13 election buzz has been going on for  months (or should that be years) and the date has been finally announced, May 5, 2013. Many discussions take place daily, everywhere in the country, mostly from positions of total ignorance based on prejudice, hype, soothsayer predictions and speculation. This will be a non-partisan talk by a world renowned expert (not by one between inverted commas) who has written and spoken extensively about Malaysian politics and the economy for two decades.

When Silverfish Books was established in 1999, a keystone of our vision was to raise the level of intellectual debate in the country, which was, as it is today, dismal. This talk by Terrence Gomez is the first in a series of monthly events we hope to organise at Silverfish Books for people who like to think.

So far, at Silverfish Books, we have only organised author events. We feel it would be good to have a series of talks by people who read widely, and who know stuff. Topics could cover literature, art, philosophy, political theory (not political), history, science, economic theory -- generally anything that contributes to knowledge and points the lay public in the right direction for further enlightenment (or merely to look clever).

If you like your spirits a little elevated during the talk, you may wish to bring a bottle of red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, whatever) to share with friends, but if you prefer to remain firmly grounded, water (both mineral and sugared) will be on the house. We can organise tea, too. (Would anyone likes to volunteer cookies?)

Admission is free, but do RSVP by email to by Thursday, April 18, because we can only accommodate about 50. (Feel free to pass on this email to friends you think might be interested -- contrary to popular belief, we do hot have everyone's email.)

Monday, April 01, 2013

Children's Book Week 11-18 May 2013

Children's Book Week is here again at Silverfish Books, 28-1  Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100KL. Selected Malaysian children's books will be available at special promotional prices throughout the week. There will be story telling and activity sessions for children on Saturday 11th May and 18th May, in addition to meetings with children's book writers and illustrators. And lots of balloons will be given away! The Children's Book Week is organised by Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency and Oyez!Books for Children, with the support of Silverfish Books.

Saturday 11th May 2013;  3-5pm
Make your own picture book - for parents and children.
With the help of an instructor, guide your child to make his/her own picture book. Your children will learn how to build different parts of a book and they get to take home their work. All material will be provided by the organisers. Limited to 8 children. This is a joint activity for children and parents. All children must be accompanied by their parent/s. Participation is FREE. Suitable for children 5-12 years. To reserve your place, contact or sms 012-3320937.

Author appearance
Author and illustrator Emila Yusof will be at Silverfish Books to talk about her new book, My Mother's Kitchen.

Saturday 18th May 2013; 3-5pm

Storytelling with Mama Tok
Award-winning Malaysian storyteller, Mama Tok, will tell stories from her books; The Greedy Eagle and Nyam-Nyam Nyit. This will be followed by a drawing and colouring activity. All materials will be provided and participation is FREE. Limited to 10 children. Suitable for children 4-12 years. To reserve your place, contact  or sms 012-3320937.

Author appearance
Author and illustrator Yusof Gajah will be at Silverfish Books to talk about his new book, Sang Mongtel or Tiny the Elephant.

Malaysian illustrators resource centre

Please visit the 100++ Malaysian Illustrators website sponsored by Kota Buku to see how it works.

If you are an illustrator who has done work for books, magazines, animation, games, walls and others, you can get listed on the 100++ Malaysian Illustrators site: to increase your profile.

Please send the following to
1. your photo (face must be shown)
2. your bio: current and past projects; education profile; interests and others
3. Awards received
4. Exhibition participation
5. Publications (please give title and year)
6. Your website
7. Your Facebook link
8. 3-5 illustrations in soft copy, or allow us to select from your Facebook/DA/website page