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Blizzard of books at Seri Kembangan mall


SOME things, when you wait for them, truly get better. If the previous two Big Bad Wolf Books Sales, held in May and November last year, was a veritable boon for Malaysian book lovers, the event's third edition promises to be even more rewarding.

Being held from today to Nov 17 in South City Plaza in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, the sale will offer a gut-busting 300,000 books at 70% to 90% off the recommended retail prices.

"As in the previous two sales, paperback fiction will start at RM8, while coffee-table books are RM15 to RM30 each," said Andrew Yap, who alongside Jacqueline Ng are the husband-and-wife team behind Big Bad Wolf Books.

"Management books will be around RM10 to RM15 each and we are also offering 10,000 backdated imported magazines priced from RM3 to RM5 each," added Yap.

Some of the bargains include Nora Roberts' Dance of the Gods, Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, US President Barack Obama's Dreams From My Father and The Audacity of Hope, Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and Jeffrey Archer's A Matter of Honour – all of which are RM8 each.

Other interesting titles include Florence Fabricant's The New York Times Dessert Cookbook going for RM20, Jack Canfield's Chicken Soup for the Soul – Count Your Blessings and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People (both at RM10 each), Edward de Bono's Think! Before It's Too Late (RM10), Patricia Horan's How To Be Rich (RM8), Terry Deary's Horrible Histories: Stormin' Normans (RM8), Nick Arnold's Horrible Science of You (RM10) and the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World (RM10).

Although this is the first time that the sale will be held outside Petaling Jaya, both Yap and Ng, who also run the popular Bookxcess in Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, are confident the new venue will not deter book lovers looking for a bargain.

"We had a few criteria when looking for a suitable avenue to hold the sale," said Yap.

"One was definitely a large enough space with air-conditioning — it needed to be a place where visitors can be comfortable browsing in."

Equally important, it needs to be easily accessible by public transport and have adequate parking space.

South City Plaza, while not always on the to-visit list of everyone in the Klang Valley, easily meets all the requirements.

"It's near a KTM Komuter station (the Serdang stop is half a kilometre from the mall, with regular bus services connecting the two), has more than 1,800 parking bays and, for the sale, the mall is giving us the space previously occupied by its anchor tenant – all of 28,000 sq ft, which is perfect for us," said Yap.

More importantly, both Yap and Ng are excited about the opportunity to reach out to more people, especially those from outside Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

"The idea behind Big Bad Wolf Books has always been about reaching the widest possible audience possible — whether they are readers or not," said Ng.

"We want them to know that reading can be an inexpensive habit, by offering them the widest selection of books possible at the cheapest price possible."

While last year's Big Bad Wolf Book Sales have been resounding successes and all indications show that this week's event will do just as well, Yap and Ng have an eye on the future.

"It's likely that we'll make the Big Bad Wolf Books Sale an annual event, but we want to make it even bigger," said Yap.

"If we work at it properly and plan it well, we could have sales that offer up to a million books and all of it at the same super-low prices. That would be quite a feast for all book lovers."

The third Big Bad Wolf Books Sale starts on Friday and ends on Nov 17. It will be held in South City Plaza, Seri Kembangan, Selangor. Opening hours are 10am to 9pm. For more details, visit www.bigbadwolfbooks.com.

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