Silverfish Books will be celebrating its birthday on June 26, 2013. Yes, it was fourteen years ago that we first opened shop in Desa Seri Hartamas. We made a lot of friends, offended some, published over 50 books, organised two International Literary Festivals and many readings and book launches, had a few battles, won some, lost some, still fighting others, and we had hope we made a small dent in the Malaysian literary world, and we believe we have. (The presence of so many indie publishers both in Malay and English is a testimony of sorts. We hope more will join the wagon.)
We are organising our fourteenth birthday party on Saturday June 29,
2013 at 5.30 pm, and on our invitation list will include all our
authors including Antares, Chua Kok Yee, Dina Zaman, Shih Li Kow,
Farish Noor, Ganese Jaganathan, Huzir Sulaiman, Isa Kamari, Iskandar
Albakri, Matthew Thomas, Rozlan Mohd Noor, Rumaizah Abu Bakar,
and Salleh ben Joned, and several of our former editors.
Special guest and speaker for the evening will be Dr Sean Matthews,
the Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of
Arts, University of Nottingham, Malaysian Campus. His areas of
expertise are Twentieth century and contemporary literature and
theory; cultural studies, internationalization and transnational
higher education. Sean Matthews teaches at all levels of the International
Communications Studies programmes, specialising in cultural theory
and intellectual history. He directed the 2007 D.H. Lawrence
International Conference, 'Return to Eastwood', and co-curated the
exhibition 'Lawrence Among the Women' at the Weston Gallery.
Dr Sean Matthews will talk about DH Lawrence at Silverfish Books on
June 29, 2013 at 5.30 pm as part of our 14th Anniversary
celebrations and 100 years of Sons and Lovers.
In May 1913, a 27-year-old DH Lawrence received an
advance copy of his third novel and wrote to his literary advisor and
editor Edward Garnett expressing his pride in it: “Sons and Lovers has
just come – I am fearfully proud of it. I reckon it is quite a great
book. I shall not write quite in that style any more. It’s the end of my
youthful period.” The enduring appeal of the celebrated Nottinghamshire
author’s most autobiographical novel is to be marked by Dr Sean
Matthews' talk at Silverfish Books on 29th July 2013, 100 years after
its first UK publication.
This is an open invitation to all friends of Silverfish Books who
have supported and nurtured us to adolescence. Well have food,
drinks and balloons!
(RSVP: Tel: 22822837, or email email@example.com -- we
only need to know numbers.)