Authors galore!


Rumaizah Abu Bakar

Book lovers rejoice, for the region’s biggest book fair is nigh! Here’s an introduction to one of the fair’s always-popular events: sharing sessions by writers.

BOTH local and international literary communities are set to converge at what is deemed one of the largest book exhibitions in the region come Aug 18.

The much anticipated Popular BookFest@Malaysia returns this year and will feature a myriad of fun-filled activities and great bargains that will have book lovers brimming with excitement.

With over 600 booths spread across a total space of more than 11,000 sqm (125,000 sqfeet) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the fair will display over a million English, Malay and Chinese titles from leading local publishers as well as those from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Britain, Canada and the United States.

But books and publishers are not the only ones making their mark, as a plethora of authors have been roped in to participate in the nine-day mega exhibition.

Over the years, BookFest has provided a platform for both local and international authors to share their literary work. It’s no different this year as a number of daily meet-the-author sessions have been scheduled throughout the exhibition. (For details, go to bookfestmalaysia.com.)

Aspiring writers would benefit from meet-the-author sessions by local authors Bernice Chauly and Rumaizah Abu Bakar. Both women have written books that are nominees in this year’s Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards and they will be talking at length about their literary journey.

Chauly will be reading excerpts from her latest book, Growing Up With Ghosts. Although she has performed readings from the book many times abroad at literary festivals, the writer believes reading to the local audiences would be the most fulfilling.

“The book was written first and foremost for a local audience. It is a very Malaysian story, and I hope that the book will inspire others to write their own stories.

“It is personal, yes, but it’s also about history; about the history of my ancestors and their stories of survival, it’s about bloodlines, of the Chinese and Punjabi diasporas and their place in the history of this country,” says Chauly.

As for Rumaizah, the author will be talking about her experience and the challenges she faced in writing her first book, The Female Cell.

“I’m sharing my source of inspirations, surprising encounters along the way, as well as those ‘behind-the-scene stories’ that are not in the book.

“I hope this year’s BookFest will bring in a diverse crowd and increase awareness and interest for local authors and local books. I hope it will serve as a significant platform to elevate local writing to the next level,” she says.

Chauly shares her sentiments: “I hope that Malaysian readers will continue to read, acknowledge and support Malaysian writing. Malaysian readers should not be underestimated, there might not be too many of us, but we are discerning readers!”

Successful real estate agent and co-author of Thrust, Gerard Kho, will be making an appearance on the first day of the exhibition. Kho is the Reapfield CEO responsible for transforming the real estate company into a revolutionary market leader in Malaysia.

Those who’d like to add a little business flair to their life should stick around, as lifestyle entrepreneur Jesse Krieger will be appearing next. The author of The Entrepreneur’s Guidebook is the managing director at China-USA Traders Limited and will share his experiences in providing consulting services to companies.

Plus, the folks from online news website The Nut Graph will be present to talk about the book Found In Malaysia (Vol. 2) on the first day. The book is a compilation of exclusive interviews with prominent local celebrities and politicians.

Also, don’t miss out on an appearance by Shirley Taylor who is author of the globally bestselling guidebook Model Business Letters, Emails And Other Business Documents. During her session, the business writing guru will be talking about the importance of effective communication as well as common errors in today’s business writing.

It’s not all about politics and business, though, as the BookFest also features authors from across the publishing spectrum.

For some zany Malaysian humour, actor, DJ, and cultural commentator Patrick Teoh will be around to talk about his latest book, Teohlogy. In the book, the author shares his candid views on topical affairs and issues that concern the ordinary Malaysian, with a generous sprinkling of realism and provocation.

Those young at heart wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to meet artist Cheeming Boey who will be at the exhibition on two dates.

The San Francisco-based animator/ author who is best known for his line of artwork doodles drawn on Styrofoam cups will be talking about his new book, When I Was A Kid. The volume is a collection of short stories that details Boey’s growing up years in Malaysia. Look out for an interview with Boey on Tuesday in Star2.

Come early if you want to catch leading feng shui consultant Joey Yap on the eighth day of the exhibition because this is one speaker who is always hugely popular. Yap, who is the founder of the Mastery Academy of Chinese Metaphysics in Malaysia, has worked with many global organisations such as Microsoft, Bloomberg and Standard Chartered and recently published the book, The Power Of X: Enter The 10 Gods.

Amy Yip who wrote the parenting book, Millionaire Parents, Millionaire Sons, will be present on the last day of the book fair. In her book, Yip reveals her difficult childhood when she worked as a trash collector and how she rose above poverty. The Hong Kong author also shares the 10 secret tools she used in raising her children in the book.

Look out for more information about BookFest events in Star2 over the next few weeks.

BookFest@Malaysia 2012 is on from Aug 18-26 (10am-10pm) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Admission is with purchase of the BookFest catalogue, at RM2.50 per entry or RM10 for multiple entries over the nine days. Catalogues are available at all Popular and Harris bookstore outlets and at the BookFest entrance. Entrance is free for students 18 years old and below and for senior citizens aged 60 and above. For more information, visit bookfestmalaysia.com.

Star Publications (M) Bhd is a media partner of BookFest@Malaysia 2012.

Make a date CATCH your favourite author on the following dates at the Popular BookFest@Malaysia 2012: Aug 18 Russel Lee 11am–11.45am Gerard Kho 3pm–3.45pm Jesse Krieger 4pm–4.45pm Twinkletoes 5pm–5.45pm Thomas & Titian Cheeming Boey 6pm–6.45pm The Nut Graph 7pm–7.45pm Aug 19 Voilet Lim 11am–11.45am Twinkletoes 1pm–1.45pm Thomas & Titian Khaw Choon Ean 12pm–12.45pm Carol Yip 2pm–2.45pm Ian Tai 3pm–3.45pm Derric Chew 4pm–4.45pm Marianna Pascal 5pm–5.45pm Aug 21 Shirley Taylor 11am–11.45am Henry Chew 12pm- 12.45pm Tey Bin Yuen 1pm–1.45pm Dechau Lau 4pm–4.45pm Cheeming Boey 5pm–5.45pm Patrick Teoh 7pm–7.45pm Aug 22 Chia Joo Suan 2pm–2.45pm Keith, Kouru & 3pm–3.45pm Zint Benson Wong 4pm–4.45pm Tey Bin Yuen 6pm–6.45pm Andrew Chia 7pm–7.45pm Aug 23 John Wong 4pm–4.45pm Bernice Chauly 5pm–5.45pm Rumaizah Abu 6pm–6.45pm Bakar Arthur Foo 7pm–7.45pm Aug 24 Dr Fong & 11am- 11.45am Goo Chui Hoong Dr Ben Ng 12pm–12.45pm Gary Lee 1pm–1.45pm K.S. Pua 5pm–6.45pm Oh Teik Bin 3pm–3.45pm Jamilah Samian & 4pm–4.45pm Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah Nik Nazmi 2pm–12.45pm Aug 25 Master Lee 12pm–12.45pm Alvin Ung 2pm–2.45pm Neil Humphreys 3pm–3.45pm Joey Yap 4pm–4.45pm Rita Sim 5pm–5.45pm Aug 26 Faizy Ridzuan 11am–11.45am Dr Fong & 11am–11.45am Goo Chui Hoong Ho Chin Soon 12pm–12.45pm Marianna Pascal 2pm–2.45pm Lenny Chiah 1pm–1.45pm Chan Kee Siak 3pm–3.45pm Amy Yip 4pm–4.45pm Details may change; check your BookFest catalogues or go to bookfestmalaysia.com for the latest information.

CATCH your favourite author on the following dates at the Popular BookFest@Malaysia 2012:

Aug 18

Russel Lee 11am–11.45am

Gerard Kho 3pm–3.45pm

Jesse Krieger 4pm–4.45pm

Twinkletoes 5pm–5.45pm Thomas & Titian

Cheeming Boey 6pm–6.45pm

The Nut Graph 7pm–7.45pm

Aug 19

Voilet Lim 11am–11.45am

Twinkletoes 1pm–1.45pm Thomas & Titian

Khaw Choon Ean 12pm–12.45pm

Carol Yip 2pm–2.45pm

Ian Tai 3pm–3.45pm

Derric Chew 4pm–4.45pm

Marianna Pascal 5pm–5.45pm

Aug 21

Shirley Taylor 11am–11.45am

Henry Chew 12pm- 12.45pm

Tey Bin Yuen 1pm–1.45pm

Dechau Lau 4pm–4.45pm

Cheeming Boey 5pm–5.45pm

Patrick Teoh 7pm–7.45pm

Aug 22

Chia Joo Suan 2pm–2.45pm

Keith, Kouru & 3pm–3.45pm Zint

Benson Wong 4pm–4.45pm

Tey Bin Yuen 6pm–6.45pm

Andrew Chia 7pm–7.45pm

Aug 23

John Wong 4pm–4.45pm

Bernice Chauly 5pm–5.45pm

Rumaizah Abu 6pm–6.45pm Bakar

Arthur Foo 7pm–7.45pm

Aug 24

Dr Fong & 11am- 11.45am Goo Chui Hoong

Dr Ben Ng 12pm–12.45pm

Gary Lee 1pm–1.45pm

K.S. Pua 5pm–6.45pm

Oh Teik Bin 3pm–3.45pm

Jamilah Samian & 4pm–4.45pm Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah

Nik Nazmi 2pm–12.45pm

Aug 25

Master Lee 12pm–12.45pm

Alvin Ung 2pm–2.45pm

Neil Humphreys 3pm–3.45pm

Joey Yap 4pm–4.45pm

Rita Sim 5pm–5.45pm

Aug 26

Faizy Ridzuan 11am–11.45am

Dr Fong & 11am–11.45am Goo Chui Hoong

Ho Chin Soon 12pm–12.45pm

Marianna Pascal 2pm–2.45pm

Lenny Chiah 1pm–1.45pm

Chan Kee Siak 3pm–3.45pm

Amy Yip 4pm–4.45pm

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