Brilliant choices at Penang bookfair

Do not miss the variety of books and quality reading materials for children at the Popular Mega Bookfair at Straits Quay. (Right pic) Give your books a second life by donating them during the bookfair.

THE Popular Mega Bookfair returns to Penang with an even better assortment of books, stationery items and multimedia products alongside exciting competitions and activities.

The latest edition of the eagerly anticipated annual event will start from Nov 26 to Dec 6 at the Straits Quay Convention Centre.

It promises to be a worthwhile experience for everyone.

There will be an Exclusive Day for Popular Card members on Nov 26. Holders can bring along two family members or friends to be among the privileged first few to grab the best bargains.

Fret not if you are not a member yet, as one can sign up on the spot to take advantage of a great variety of members’ exclusive products with irresistible rebates.

Existing members can also renew their membership. Both new applications and renewals will get an exclusive gift. For the first three days, one will also receive additional RM30 worth of vouchers.

Visitors will also have a great selection of over 200 Daily Specials to choose from throughout the 11-day event, with unbelievably low prices for selected products starting from just RM2.90.

Those spending RM150 and above in a single receipt on the same day will receive vouchers worth RM20. RHB Bank credit or debit card holders will get an additional RM5 voucher.

This year’s bookfair would also see a number of local and foreign authors sharing their works. Among them are famous webcomic blogger Ernest Ng, who was named Blogger of the Year in the Digi Wwwow Awards 2012, as well as Nixon Siow, starting from 1pm on Dec 6.

English language guru Alex Parry will talk about common mistakes people make at 4pm on Nov 29, while Chris Tan, Dr Peter Yee and Richard Oon will conduct a forum on ‘How To Make Your 1st Million From Property’ at 4pm on Dec 6.

Also making appearances at the bookfair are Taiwanese investment master Ai Er Wen, health guru Huang Mu Cun, psychology expert Su Xuan Hui and singer Lin Xin Yang.

They will be joined by local travel journalist Chok Yen Hao, Feng Shui expert Jane Hor, and TV and radio personalities Nicholas Ong and Chen Jia Rong, as well as artistes Chui Wen, Nan Bo Er and Yuki Yee.

The bookfair also has a lineup of activities to keep the young ones occupied during the ongoing school holidays, like Robotic Fiesta on Nov 26 and Cosplay Festival on Nov 27.

These are followed by children’s contests like the Stories in the Wood English storytelling competition on Nov 30 and Dec 1, colouring competition on Dec 2, talent competition on Dec 3 and singing competition on Dec 4.

Prizes worth RM15,000 in total are up for grabs in these contests. Those interested to take part can call Danny on 03-91796146 or Kevin on 012-4794896 for details.

Last year’s well-received Discover and Learn Workshops will be held on weekdays throughout the fair between noon and 3pm.

Look out for cut-out coupons in StarMetro North section throughout the duration of the bookfair, to grab some great bargains. At noon on Dec 6, the Popular Quiz Show is back to challenge participants’ knowledge on various topics. It will run over three rounds.

The winning team takes home the grand prize of book hampers and Popular gift vouchers worth RM600. To sign up, find a partner and register online via

Also returning is the Read, Love, Share Charity Bookcase. From Nov 10 up to tomorrow, the public may donate used books to Popular outlets in Gurney Plaza, Queensbay Mall, Sunway Carnival Mall, Komtar and AEON Bukit Mertajam.

One can also donate books during the bookfair itself. Books collected will be donated to the Vega Humanitarian Mission, as well as four orphanages and five schools.

Books donated must be of fairly good condition, in English or Malay, and suitable for youngsters aged three to 18. Only children’s books, picture books, novels, storybooks, dictionaries, atlases and encyclopaedias will be accepted.

As a token of appreciation, customers will receive a RM10 voucher for every 10 books they donate.

For more information or event details, visit or call thecustomer service hotline on 1-300-88-6336 during office hours.

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