So I assume you've heard that Raman of Silverfish Books is setting up the Malaysian International Literature Society (MILS. What? Stop that sniggering! At least it's not as bad as KLit...).
Their objectives are to promote reading and writing, organising lit events, y'know, those sort of stuff. Their first task is to organise the 2nd Kuala Lumpur International Literary Festival in 2007.
The pro tem committee:
President: Prof Lim Chee Seng
Vice-president: Datin Kanagam Palanivel
Secretary: Mr Raman Krishnan
Asst Secretary: Ms Yeoh Phek Chin
Treasurer: Mr Mathew Thomas
Auditor1: Ms Nesa Sivagnanam
Auditor2: Ms Sheila Rahman
That's all well and great... but who are these people? Are they writers? Well, yes and no. Are they readers? Of course!
Many will recognise Prof. Lim Chee Seng, a professor of literature at UM. He is a published writer but his work has mostly been academic text, such as "Challenges of Reading the New & the Old", and "Perspectives: Essays on Language & Literature".
Datin Kanagam Palanivel is the wife of Datuk G. Palanivel, who recently made news for winning the post of the deputy and anointed successor of the MIC president. She is an avid reader herself, and loves writing. She has published a series of books for pre-schoolers called the Pet Series. She has also been involved in the publication of a local magazine, Junior, later called Junior Statesman. If memory serves me correctly, she also has a column in The Star (but I'm really unsure of this and I'm too lazy to go and check).
Raman Krishnan is some bloke in Bangsar. Yeoh Phek Chin works with Raman at Silverfish Books (and cameos on Sharon's blog once in a while).
Nesa Sivagnanam is a subeditor at The Edge Daily, and was the editor of the recently released "25 Malaysian Short Stories".
Mr Mathew Thomas and Ms Sheila Rahman, however, remain off the Google radar. They have left no internet trail at all! They must really be off-the-grid people, or maybe they just don't throw their names around on the internet with reckless abandon like I do. (I know if I dig far enough, I can find my name on a webpage from 1996.) Anyhow, I'm sure they're cronies of Raman too.
It all sounds so interesting and I hope this takes off well (snobbery aside).
sympozium writes that Mathew Thomas is a lawyer in KL and has a story published in 25 "Malaysian Short Stories". I assume that would mean he has a story in one of the Silverfish New Writing books?