With the theme of "Reading is Inspiring" (阅读创思维), today (22 August 2009) is the first day of the 4th BookFest @ Malaysia (第四届海外华文书市) organized by Popular Book Co, co-organized by Sin Chew Media Corp and MCA Life Long Learning Secretariat.
It is deemed as one of the largest Chinese and English book exposition held in Southeast Asia, featuring publishers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia.
This year, it is held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre as follow:
Date: 22-31 August 2009
Time: 10am - 10pm
Venue: Hall 1-5, KL Convention Centre
Exhibition area: 100,000 square feet
No. of booths: 500+
Entrance fee: RM2 for general public. Free admission for students 18 years and below and senior citizen who are 60 years and above.
I have just came back from this event. Despite the current fear of influenza A(H1N1), the crowd is still there.
The Chinese book area starts from Hall 5 and the English book area starts from Hall 1. The stage event is in the middle (near to Hall 3). There are also lots of booths displaying and selling stationeries, music CDs, video DVDs, multimedia titles, computer accesories, paper shredders, laminators, digital dictionaries, GPS, digital camera, camcorder, etc.
Speakers to be on stage including Nicholas Teo (张栋梁), Amber Chia (谢丽萍), Angel Wong Chui Ling (王翠玲), Patsie Cheong (张莉婵) and many more.