Yes, it has been fifteen years since Silverfish Books first opened its doors in Desa Seri Hartamas 1999, in the wake of the Asian Currency crisis,the Reformasi movement, and the public sacking of a Deputy Prime Minister. In the 15 years, we have made many friends, offended a few, published almost 60 books, five of which have been on the short- or long-list of various international book prizes since 2009, organised two International Literary Festivals in Kuala Lumpur, and organised many readings book launches an public talks, fought many battles, won some, lost some, still fighting others, and may have made a tiny dent in the Malaysian literary world. So to celebrate, we are inviting all Silverfish authors, other Malaysian authors and old friends of Silverfish Books who have traveled with us on this often challenging the journey, who have helped make it all possible, who have made a difference, to our fifteenth birthday party. So, please, please, please accept this invitation and come to our do on:
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Time: 5.30 to 7.30 pm,
Venue: Silverfish Books, 28-1, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru. Tel: 228 448 37
Special invitations will be going out to all Silverfish authors (some of whom are pictured below), including Antares, Chua Kok Yee, Dina Zaman, Farish A Noor, Huzir Suleiman, Isa Kamari, Kow Shih-Li, Matthew Thomas, MA Quayum, Rozlan Mohd Noor, Salleh ben Joned; non-Silverfish authors like Alfian Sa'at, Cecil Rajendra, Amir Muhammad, Chua Guat Eng, Kee Thuan Chye, Mahbob Abdulah, Mohamad Jayzuan, Peter Brown, Rehman Rashid, Robert Yeo, Rumaizah Abu Bakar, Sufian Abas, Tash Aw, Tan Twan Eng, Tengku 'Abidin Mukriz, Wong Phui Nam, etc; and friends of Silverfish who have grown with us. (We do not know how many will be free to turn up on the day, though.)
The occasion will be a time for us to forget about books and simply have a party: There will be no readings, no book launches, and no public talks, only mingling, the odd book signing (if you manage to corner your favourite author) and makan and minum, that is, a mini literary festival of authors and readers without the boring stuff.
And talking about makan and minum, since this is a party for friends, feel free to bring a pot (or a tray) or a bottle. We will be organising some refreshments, of course.