BOOK lovers rejoice! After a two-year on-site absence, the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (KLIBF) is back starting Friday at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTC KL) until June 12, 2022.

Open to the public from 10am to 10 pm, entrance to the fair is free with the organiser expecting a crowd of 700,000 to 900,000 visitors over 10 days.

The 39th edition of the KLIBF offers hundreds of on-site and online activities, with some 170 local publishers, book distributors, content creators, illustrators, independent bookshops and related others showcasing their works at the WTC KL. The fair also hosts some 30 international booksellers, distributors and publishers for a wide array of offerings to peruse through.

Avid readers can look forward to visiting 709 exhibition booths and interactive kiosks, as well as participating in daily activities such as the main stage programmes, book launches, dialogue sessions, seminars, poetry readings and book award presentations.

Hotly anticipated book launches include by political supremos namely Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and veteran DAP lawmaker Lim Kit Siang; patriotic offerings “Soldier to King” dan “Tentera ke Perwira”, which is a biography of the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah; and “Di Sebalik Nama” by corporate leader Tan Sri Nazir Razak.

So, put on your most comfortable shoes and don’t forget to bring your own large tote bags to haul your book stash home.

For those unable to physically attend, fret not as you can peruse the titles on offer via the 2022 KLIBF x Shopee from June 1 to June 15 with a promotional rebate of RM3.

The KLIBF 2022 will be officially launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri on Saturday night, June 4, at WTC KL.

The fair is organised by the Ministry of Education through the National Book Council of Malaysia, in collaboration with Malaysian Book Exporters and Importers Associations, Malaysian Book Contractor Association, Academic Publication Council of Malaysia, Malaysian Booksellers Association, Malaysian Book Publishers Association and National Bumiputera Book Publishers Association. — by HAZATUL SYIMA HARON / Pic source:

Source: The Malaysian Reserve, June 3rd 2022.


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