Monday, March 31, 2008

The 1st KL Alternative Bookfest

The 1st KL Alternative Bookfest (KLAB) will be held on the weekend of 3-4 May, 2008 at The Annexe, Central Market.

Held less than a month after the mammoth Pesta Buku KL (where you can buy as many text-books, romance novels and religious instruction manuals as you want), it will be held simultaneously with the very popular Art For Grabs event -- but in a different room.

What is KLAB? Basically a gathering of small, independent publishers who would like a popular venue to sell, launch and discuss books. We seek to fill 10-15 tables. Each table can be taken up by one publisher, or it can be shared between various people who each have books to sell.

There are many interesting Malaysian books now being published; the trouble is, not many of them are readily available in the main bookshops. This is an opportunity to bring these books to the public, and to make the whole process fun lah.

Among the events being planned are:
- Book launch by Hishamuddin Rais
- Discussion of new books by Rustam Sani, Noraini Othman & Mavis Puthucheary, and others.
- A 'book give-away' where people can simply get rid of books they no longer want, for free. This will physically take up one corner of the room, where people can just leave the books. The idea is to make interesting books available even to those who can't afford to buy 'em. The remainder of the books will be donated.
- Bilingual poetry slam, where the audience gets to vote for their favourite performers.

The fee per table (for two days) is RM100.
The event is from 12-6pm both days.
Deadline to receive entries (including payment) is April 26.

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