Yes, we are not calling it a book launch (it is such a cliche), but a book event. Shih-Li will talk about the process of writing her book, which she says took longer than she expected. We can imagine the process and thoroughly enjoyed editing her work (which turned out to be minimal). No sledgehammer work here, nor slash and burn.
Speaker: Shih-Li Kow (Author)
Venue: Silverfish Books, 28-1 Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100
Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-228 448 37
Date and time: Saturday, 12 April 2014, 5.30pm.
Admission is free.
About the author:
Shih-Li Kow is a home-grown Malaysian writing sensation who came to
light with her first book of short stories, Ripples and other
stories, in 2009, which was immediately shortlisted for the Frank
O’Connor International Short Story Award that year, beating Ali
Smith and Kazuo Ishiguro to the list.
Shih-Li Kow's short stories have appeared in several anthologies
since her first publication in 2007. She currently works in real
estate management and lives in Kuala Lumpur with her extended
family, cat and a beehive.
About the book:
Stylish, subtle and funny, Shih-Li is an amazing storyteller. The
Sum of Our Follies is the story of characters living in a
backwater town, Lubok Sayong, in Malaysia with no claim to fame
apart from its annual floods, a dubious legend and entrenched
mediocrity, struggling with modernity; one that could be compared to
the little towns and characters of Amado and Narayan, with just a
touch of Calvino. It is not surprising that it attracted much
interest in Frankfurt in October last year, and Italian rights have
been sold. (All this before the manuscript was finalised and
“Call us Tim and Peggy,” they said. Mami kept getting their names
wrong and she called them Tom and Jerry. I thought that she did it
on purpose. I wondered if Tim and Peggy shared my suspicion. They
wanted to know about the house. Everyone who came wanted to know
about the house.
“My father built this house. He was an unnatural man,” said Mami.
“An unnatural man?” Mr Miller raised his eyebrows at his wife. They
didn’t know that Mami used the word ‘unnatural’ a lot. They must
have thought she meant her father was a perv.
“Yes, unnatural. Funny funny, you know. Not normal, not your usual
father. He built this house for the loves of his life,” explained
Mami. “He had many loves in his life, but the greatest were these
four. The rest, he did not marry. More interestingly … eh … Jerry,
was that these four agreed to marry him, considering he was not half
as good-looking as your Mr Tom here. My father was as ugly as a
monkey crossed with goat, but he was very charming. He could talk
birds down from trees.”