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Read Or Die In BookFest@Singapore

December 7th, 2010 by

If you like reading, then you’ll love BookFest@Singapore, the island’s biggest annual book fair. Reading material from all over will gather in one massive ten day-long event which are bookended by the weekends, just in time to give you something to read during the coming holidays.

Photo courtesy of Eustaquio Santimano.

Over half a million people attended last year’s book fair, enjoying Chinese and English-language books from Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. Fiction, non-fiction, educational multimedia, magazines, reading implements, home storage solutions, office supplies and a lot of other related items will be available to attendees. Most of the booths will issue giveaways, discounts and other benefits to passers-by, registrants and buyers. Besides book lovers, expect institutional and corporate buyers to stock up on the latest business and industry publications, educators to order their complement of textbooks, and retail bookstore representatives to update their inventory.

Singapore at night

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During the ten days, distinguished and popular authors will make an appearance to tout their titles and sign books. New books and editions will be launched during the BookFest, to the accompaniment of special activities and promos. Seminars and lectures about writing and publication will be held at different times, centering around local and international experts. Some of the seminars include, “Why Men Like Football and Women Like to Shop” by Violet Lim, and “Secrets of Successful Teens: Winning in School and Life”, by Gary Lee. Even the kids will get to join age-appropriate activities and programs, such as a Meet and Greet Clifford and an autograph session by Russell Lee, author of “True Singapore Ghost Stories”. All the while, the stage will feature unique performances and updates to the various goings-on around the venue. Finally, there is an exhibit called “10 Years That Shaped A Nation, 1965-1975”, which displays highlights of a decade that saw Singapore rise to become a regional economic power.


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BookFest@Singapore will be held from the 10th to the 19th of December this year at Suntec Convention Hall 6, with the theme “Reading Embraces the World”. To get to the convention area by rail, you may get off the Esplanade Station or walk for ten minutes from the City Hall Interchange. Despite the voluminous convention area, be prepared to wade past tens of thousands of people to get to the sections you want. This event is organized by Popular Holdings Limited; you may visit the official website for more information, such as seminar and activities schedules and special guests. Popular operates a series of bookstores targeting the education market, and by purchasing items at their stores, customers will receive a passbook  with stamps that correspond to the amount you purchased. Using these stamps, BookFest attendees can purchase exclusive titles up until the very last day of the event. Suntec is the ideal venue for this conglomeration of bibliophiles, providing 100,000 square feet of booth space, 5,400 hotel rooms, 3,200 car park slots, floor upon floor of convention space and numerous dining establishments and entertainment places to support the expected half-million attendees. Make sure to leave enough space in your baggage for all the books you’ll be bringing! For a place to stay during the BookFest, look no further than Mandarin Oriental Hotel Singapore, which is little more than two minutes away from the convention hall.

Singapore skyline

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