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Silverfish Books owner Raman Krishnan came up with the name of the festival from a quote from the Mark Twain novel 'Pudd’nhead Wilson'. — Picture by Choo Choy MaySilverfish Books owner Raman Krishnan came up with the name of the festival from a quote from the Mark Twain novel 'Pudd’nhead Wilson'. — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, July 30 – What have books and fresh produce got in common? If you ask Silverfish Books owner Raman Krishnan, the two pair beautifully in a meeting of the minds. 

Throughout August and September, the independent book store will be hosting the Silverfish Festival of Cabbages every Saturday and Sunday at its new location in Bangsar Village II. 

Raman came up with the name of the festival from — where else? — a literary quote, specifically one from the novel Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain: “Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

As such, expect two months of “honest conversations on everything.” What began as a planned series of talks – scheduled speakers include author Shih-Li Kow, political historian Farish Noor, and actor-director Mano Maniam – will now be expanded into a platform of lively discussions “for anyone eager to seek knowledge, and are not fearful of intellect.”

Highlights include staging of plays by actor-playwright Kannan Menon and discussions on the Malaysian counter culture phenomenon by University of Malaya senior lecturer Susan Philips.

Singaporean writer Isa Kamari will share about the island nation’s Malay writing scene while musician Saidah Rastam will talk about the history of Malaysian music. 

Another interesting initiative that will be presented is the Storybook Project by the British Council. The project aims to collect and preserve local folk tales of certain tribes in Sabah. The collected tales are then translated into English, and published as children’s books. 

Come one, come all. There will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to nourish their “cabbages” with scintillating conversations. Ideas, particularly, new, exciting ones, are food for the mind after all.

Silverfish Festival of Cabbages

Every Saturday and Sunday August and September 2015, 5pm-7:30pm, at Silverfish Books

Silverfish Books

2F-20, 2nd Floor Bangsar Village II, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur

Open daily 10am-10pm

Tel: 03-2284-4837

For Silverfish Festival of Cabbages event details and new announcements visit:  www.facebook.com/SilverfishBooks.

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