This is the cover of my fourth and latest book "Rumah Azan".
This is the picture I snapped of the actual book, when it first came out of the printing factory and sent to the Karnadya booth last Saturday, the second day of the Kuala Lumpur International Book Festival 2009 currently running at the PWTC.
This is an early page inside the book. For information "Rumah Azan" is a coffee-table book with the size of an A3 paper, that is twice the size of A4 papers.
The title "Rumah Azan" could be literally interpreted as "House (rumah) of the call to prayer (Azan)". It contains vivid pictures and stories about more than 30 selected mosques all around Peninsular Malaysia.
Besides talking about mosques, it highlights certain tombs said to belong to prominent Muslims of old especially those of saintly status. This is to relate the mosques to the spread of Islam across the Malay archipelago done mainly by such prominent personalities.
An old collegemate from our "A" level days, former Malay Mail journalist Shamsul Yunos is the photographer. He is not only a collegemate but also a room-mate in 51 C.
The funny thing is I first got to know novelist Aina Emir, practically the owner of Karnadya during the last KL Book Fest in 2008. Then we often keep in touch and that's when I got to know that Atuk who is now a freelance writer and photographer have been doing some jobs for the company.
Not only that. I also found out another old collegemate and room-mate also in the fray. As it turned out our dear friend Taufiq Khalid @ Topeq is a lawyer for Karnadya. Well, he has his own firm which practically takes care of Karnadya's legal needs. What a small world...
So here I would to call out to readers especially old collegemates, particular those who have studied in the same class as me in Group J or/and stayed in the same room in 51C. If you have the time, do drop by at the KL Fest tomorrow Sunday and the next day Saturday. As I'm also promoting the trilogy of Malay novels under the title "Berpetualang ke Aceh", I would make it point to be around on these days, the last days of the fest.
If there is no problem, I would set up a stall at the inner walkway which connects the Pan Pacific Hotel to the halls inside PWTC. After all, I'm just "hitching a stall" by using the available tables to set up shop, should there still be available tables like I found on Monday and Wednesday. Otherwise, I'll be hanging around the Karnadya stall inside the lower hall meant for the book fest which is Dewan Tun Hussein. Whatever, you can find the "Berpetualang ke Aceh" books there and even better, they have "Rumah Azan", both offered at amazing price cuts for the fest. Good night...
p/s: Pictures taken from the article Buku "Rumah Azan" dan Pesta Buku Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur 2009 di PWTC posted in the Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU . Check also the article Pesta buku dan siri "Berpetualang ke Aceh" there.