Fun-filled fair ahead

  • Books
  • Sunday, 09 Aug 2009

The country’s biggest book fair has a lot to offer this year.

MY, what a load of events there will be for book lovers to enjoy at the upcoming BookFest@Malaysia 2009!

We’ve been waiting to hear from organisers Popular Book Company (M) Sdn Bhd what the country’s largest book fair will be offering this year after its successful annual appearances since 2006. Well, it seems there will be everything from author appearances and book signings to fun events for the kids and cook-outs for those who like trying out the recipes in cookbooks.

All that and lots more will take place from Aug 22 to 31 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

One of the main events during the fair will be a “book performance” by one of the stars of sitcom Kopitiam, Joanna Bessy, and others. They will present They Killed Him Dead, a comedic murder mystery, in conjunction with the worldwide re-release of 153 works by one of the world’s top pulp fiction writers, the late L. Ron Hubbard. The event will take place at 1pm on Aug 22 at the book fair’s Reading Room area.

According to publishers Pelangi, it is working with Galaxy Press in the United States to re-publish Hubbard’s entire 1930s and 1940s fiction list. The series, published under an imprint called Stories from the Golden Age, will include adventures, Westerns, mysteries, suspense thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy (see

In addition to the print versions, each book has been produced as an unabridged multi-cast recording featuring many of today’s top voice talents, done in the style of the radio dramas of that time but enhanced by modern recording technology. The recordings are available on disc and as downloads to personal players. The print versions will be put out as trade paperbacks with the first titles available in Malaysia later this month.

The opening day of the fest, Aug 22, will also see a special sharing session with MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat beginning at 10.30am.

Then there are book sharing and autograph sessions with the every-popular James Lee, author of the perennially best-selling Mr Midnight series of adventure and mystery stories for children; Adeline Loh, who penned her funny true story about her travels in Africa, Peeing in the Bush; and Russell Lee, author of the another best-selling series, True Singapore Ghost Stories. And that’s just on the first day.

The rest of the 10-day fest will feature lots of author-related events in the special section designated as the Reading Room, including meet and greet sessions with best-selling Malay novelists like Farihah Iskandar and Ain Maisarah, and Bikash Nur Idris; cartoonist Eugene Yu who produced the well-loved graphic books, Mahathir Mohamad: An Illustrated Biography and Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj; and Joey Yap, mega popular feng shui practitioner and writer.

Cooking demonstration fans will want to catch the sessions in the main hall on Aug 28 that include Explore the World of Baking by Chef William Tan, Dining For Two by Chef Asri Sahari, an opera layer cake baking demonstration by Elisabeth Siahaja, and Nostalgia Bonda: Reminiscing Mum’s Love Through Cooking by Kamariah Jamaludin.

Also on that day, we have the lovely Amber Chia, Malaysia’s most well-known international model, appearing on stage to talk about her debut as an author; last year, she released Amber Chia: Supermodel’s Secrets of Success, which tells the rags-to-riches story of a poor fisherman’s daughter who became an international model as well as gives tips on modelling.

The little ones haven’t been left out, either: there is a host of fun activities for them throughout the 10 days that will challenge their minds and tickle their funny bones.

For a complete list of what’s happening when and where, go to

> BookFest@Malaysia 2009 will be held from Aug 22 to 31 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 10am to 10pm daily. Entry tickets can be purchased at any Popular Bookstore outlet or at the fest entrance. Tickets are RM2 for one entry or RM10 for multiple entries over the 10 days. Entrance is free for students 18 years and below and for senior citizens aged 60 and above.

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