Monday, June 03, 2013

Silverfish's 14th birthday and public talk by Sean Matthews

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 -- we only need to know numbers.)