Country’s largest book expo is back


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Meeting of minds: (From left) Sin Chew Daily corporate communications and promotions general manager Tan Kim Chuan, Yeoh and Lim at the press conference announcing the event in KLCC.

KUALA LUMPUR: Book lovers, rejoice! BookFest@Malaysia, the country’s largest trilingual book exposition, is back.

And this time, there’s more on offer in its 13th edition.

Organised by Popular Book Co (M) Sdn Bhd, the nine-day fair will occupy more than 14,000sq m of exhibition space at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, a 20% increase from last year’s 12,000sq m.

In the spirit of this year’s theme of “Awesome and More”, the fair will be unveiling its new Digital Pavilion in Hall 6, featuring the latest in electronics and electrical appliances, and IT products.

Book enthusiasts can get their fix at the pavilions offering books in three languages – English, Malay and Chinese – and also check out the Lifestyle Pavilion, which has proved a hit with BookFest@Malaysia visitors time and again, with its diverse stationery, toys, games and snacks offerings.

“The BookFest has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2006, and this year’s edition is our largest by far. We hope to welcome over 700,000 visitors this time,” said Popular Book Co (M) Sdn Bhd executive director Lim Lee Ngoh during her keynote address at the event’s press conference at the KLCC yesterday.

The event will host 775 booths comprising publishing houses and distributors from across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as North America, Oceania and Europe.

Highlights include the Popular-The Star Readers’ Choice Awards (RCA) which aims to encourage and acknowledge local authors, the English writing workshop which will focus on short stories, and the Hope for Reading Charity Campaign.

The children’s colouring contest will once again make its rounds, as will the author appearances and meet-and-greet sessions.

Other things to look out for include the TEDxKL-supported “Unlimited Inspiration” Forum, movie screenings, and feng shui talks.

Book lovers can also enjoy daily specials on more than 450 products, with a selection of items tagged at extra low prices each day.

Also present at the press conference was guest of honour Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, who emphasised the importance of inculcating the reading habit among Malaysians.

“Our challenge now is to make reading books interesting again, and to capture the attention and imagination of the younger generation,” she said.

Star Media Group Bhd is a media partner of BookFest@Malaysia 2018.

BookFest@Malaysia 2018 will be on daily, from 10am to 10pm, from June 9 to 17, 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 nationwide and also at the event’s entrance.

Entrance is free for students who are 18 years old and below and for senior citizens aged 60 and above.

For more information, visit facebook.com/BookFestMalaysia.

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