STAR WARS fans, fashionistas and book collectors are in for a treat, as five limited-edition and collector’s books will be up for auction in conjunction with the upcoming Big Bad Wolf (BBW) Book Sale.
“We will be collaborating with Budimas Charity Foundation, which is the sole beneficiary for BBW’s Red Readerhood book donation drive for underprivileged children this year,” said BookXcess managing director Andrew Yap.
“To kickstart the collaboration, BookXcess has contributed five books to be auctioned off at the launch of the Budimas Education Charity Fund (BECF), with full proceeds to be given to the cause.”
Yap, along with his wife Jacqueline Ng, are also the people behind the hugely popular BBW book sale that aims to encourage the reading habit and make reading affordable.
The five books are:
·Star Wars: The Blueprints — brings together the original technical drawings from the Lucasfilm Archives. It shows how in bringing the extraordinary Star Wars epic to life, early concepts were translated into iconic sets—the rebel blockade runner, the Millennium Falcon, the bridge of General Grievous’s flagship, Jabba the Hutt’s throne room and many others.
·The Vivienne Westwood Opus #96 — offers unprecedented insight into Vivienne Westwood, her philosophy on life and her stunning designs. Many of Westwood’s family and friends are featured in the images, including international celebrities and important fashion personalities.
·The Guitar Collection: Flat-Top ‘43 Edition (Deluxe Edition) — the world’s most elite guitars are presented together in this book, complete with high-definition photographs. It features guitars from institutions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as guitar legends like Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons and Keith Richards. Comes in a custom-made leather case and secured with satin nickel latches.
·The John James Audubon Portfolio — presented in an olive linen clamshell case, this publication is a treasure for bird lovers and naturalists. The unbound book features letters and paintings by the artist, including some from Birds of America and also early works rediscovered in the Natural History Museum of La Rochelle. The loose sheet format allows for the paintings to be framed.
·The Splendour of Iran — this three-volume publication shows how ancient traditions still affect the life of present-day Iran: in sculpture, painting, jewellery, carpet-making, gardening, architecture and engineering, science and medicine, philosophy, folklore and poetry.
In addition, Yap said copies of selected books would be available for sale at BookXcess from late November onwards on a first-come, first-served basis.
On the auction, he said: “We are doing things in our own small way to make a difference. BookXcess’ philosophy is not only about making books affordable, but also making collector’s items reasonably priced.”
Budimas was incorporated in 1998 to care for the well-being of orphans and underprivileged children in Malaysia.
Its BECF initiative is designed to inculcate the love of reading and thirst for knowledge among younger members of the community.
The RM50,000 that is targeted to be raised from the auction will go towards BECF’s efforts to build libraries in rural areas to give local children access to a world of knowledge and fantasy.
The Budimas Education Charity Fund will be launched on Nov 28 at Best Western Premier Dua Sentral, Kuala Lumpur.
“The Red Readerhood Programme will also be continued this year,” said Yap.
“Books purchased for the programme at BBW will be used to stock libraries for four Orang Asli communities in Negri Sembilan.
“BookXcess and its partner OCBC Bank will be contributing 1,000 books each to Budimas’ Rural Library Project. We welcome customers’ contribution to achieve the target of 16,000 books.”
Yap is proud that the BBW book sale is the most-visited event in Malaysia, beating travel fairs and other exhibitions.
“We believe that books are a necessity, not a luxury. Hence we try to offer the right books at the right price to make reading affordable and fun,” he said.
“What motivates us to organise BBW every year is the reaction we get from our customers. The sale is for Malaysians, though we do get customers from around South-East Asia as well.”
Three million books will be available at the Big Bad Wolf book sale which will be held at MIECC, The Mines.
It will offer 230 hours of non-stop shopping, starting from 7am on Dec 6 until 9pm on Dec 15.
There are also daily Happy Wolf Specials that will be marked with balloons, with 50 different books for children and adults sold at prices lower than usual.
For details, visit www.bigbadwolfbooks.com or www.facebook.com/bbwbooks
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