Raman now has a tentative timetable up for his KL Litfest International Literary Festival. The venues for events are mostly clustered in Bangsar Village 1 & 2, and include Starbucks, Marmalade, the main concourse for Wong Phui Nam's play reading, Caffe 1920 (1st floor, just by the walkway to BV2).
Other events are up the road: in Silverfish itself (mostly workshops), upstairs at Alexis Bistro, and Ronnie Q (for Cecil Rajendran's evening of poetry and music).
Everything is conveniently close. There a plenty of places to eat, drink and gossip with the writing crowd ... and you can easily pop into Village Grocer for your shopping between readings!
The early bird discount for the festival has been extended to March 15th.
If your appetite for litfests is whetted, why not venture a little further afield and enjoy a holiday in a beautiful location at the same time? The Ubud Readers and Writers Festival runs from 25th-30th September and this year features Kiran Desai, Su Tong, XinRan, Peter Goldsworthy, Shashi Tharoor, Hitomi Kanehara, Catherine Lim, and Tim Flannery.
I believe Kam Raslan, Farish Noor and Tan Twan Eng will be representing Malaysia ... although curiously, none are on the programme for KLILF.
The festival has been listed as one of the six best literary festivals in the world by Harpers Bazaar in the UK (Feb edition). This doesn't surprise me.
Apparently there are some very good deals on Air Asia flights at the moment, with fares from here as low as RM30 (one way!) at the moment. Organiser Finley Smith wrote to tell me that six members of one KL based reading group have already booked.
So ... Bangsar or Bali ... or both???