Calling all book lovers: KL Alternative Bookfest makes a comeback this weekend


The Kuala Lumpur Alternative Bookfest (KLAB) returns this weekend (April 9-11) at Sunway Putra in KL. Photo: KLAB

The Kuala Lumpur Alternative Bookfest (KLAB) opens today (April 9) at Level 4, Sunway Putra Mall in KL.

This three-day book fair, which focuses on the Malaysian indie publishing industry, is in its 12th edition this year.

It is organised by Patriots Malaysia Association (The Patriots), in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur World Book Capital (KLWBC) and Buku Fixi.

“This book fest is an effort to enhance the productivity and reachability of the nation’s book industry. Due to the movement control order (MCO) and Covid-19 this year’s event will be held at a smaller scale. But the main point is, we want to gather local publishers, writers, and readers at one place, ” says Syazrul Aqram, chairman of the KLAB 2021 organising committee.

There are 19 publishers participating in KLAB this year, including Patriots Publishing, Fixi, Iman Publication, PTS and Karangkraf, among others.

Visitors can look forward to forums on book-industry related matters at the fair, as well as check out new, rare and limited-edition books on display.

Strict adherence to SOPs will be in effect, including crowd control, checking in via MySejahtera and temperature scanning. There will be hand sanitisers and medic services on standby.

“For additional prevention measures, we will also provide line barriers together with ample and clear in-and-out directions for exhibitors and visitors. There will be no centralised payment counter as to avoid congestion. Payment can be done directly at the exhibitor booths. Together, let us make this event safe, fun, and memorable, ” says KLAB coordinator Nadzri Ali Udin.

The Secretariat of KLWBC, with the slogan "KL Baca - Caring Through Reading", is a sponsor of this event.

The previous KLAB was held in October 2019 at Publika, in conjunction with The Cooler Lumpur Festival.

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