A moment's tribute to a brave local publishing venture that sadly went belly-up a few years back ... apparently because of problems with distribution.
Do you remember the Black & White series produced by Rhino Press? If your memory needs jogging, you can still find copies of these mini-books at Silverfish. (Snap them up, they might become valuable ...)
Rhino Press, was founded by Bernice Chauly and Fay Khoo, and the titles of the first ten little books were:
Kamal andI bought my books from Guardian Pharmacy in BSC (in the days when they still sold books - remember?), and read them over a coffee. after shopping. They were just the right length for a coffee break. Cost just RM6.99. And made my heart happy because they captured on the page the Malaysia I recognised. For the first time.
Nadiah Bamadhaj Aksi Write
Bernice Chauly Going There and Coming Back
Mahani Gunnell Mother Material
Rahel Joseph Beginnings
Fay Khoo A Little Book of Love And Loss
Jit Murad 2 Things
Mira Mustapha Speak Louder! Darling
Dain Said Surabaya Johnny
Aziz Salim A Stroll Through The Other Forest
Dina Zaman night & day
I particularly loved Dina Zaman's Night & Day, recognised some of the characters in it (including my egg lady!) from the streets around Central Market.
Some of these writers are still going strong (Dina, Jit, Bernice) but I wonder what happened to the rest?