A new beginning for Silverfish Books

31 May 2015 / 12:47 H.

    MONDAY marks a new chapter for Silverfish Books as it opens its doors to customers at a new location – the swanky Bangsar Village Two.
    The indie bookstore which is known among book lovers for carrying non-mainstream titles was previously located at Jalan Telawi.
    A change of address however does not mean that the Silverfish brand is moving in a new direction by ditching its indie spirit to become a commercial mega bookshop.
    “I have no plans of selling my soul to the devil!” said Raman Krishnan the founder of Silverfish Books.
    “ As long as I am running Silverfish, I want to maintain the friendly atmosphere,” he said.
    An indeed, Silverfish is known for its cosy atmosphere, where customers feel right at home browsing through the trove of indie titles and chatting to Raman and his staff.
    Raman says he started Silverfish 16 years ago because he wanted a bookshop that he would like to go to.

    “There were no bookshops in Kuala Lumpur which could satisfy my needs. I spent a lot of money ordering books from the United Kingdom.
    I wanted a bookshop that carries non mainstream titles. The support I got for the initial period was fantastic! As many book lovers were looking for the same kind of books that I was looking for."
    Activities for book lovers
    Raman says he plans to carry out several interesting activities related to books and reading at his new location.
    For starters, he will host “Children’s Book Week”, organised by Yusof Gajah Picture Book House, from June 1 to 14. The two-week event will see the launch of 12 new titles by local children’s book authors.
    Parents and children will be able to mingle and interact with prolific children’s books authors and illustrators, like Yusof Gajah, Emila Yusof, Tan Vay Fern, Nor Azhar Ishak and Quek Sue Yian.
    To add a regional flavour to the event, organisers will also bring in authors from Indonesia and Singapore. The authors will host creative and engaging children’s activities such as storytelling, batik painting, and Japanese puppetry.

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