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THE up­com­ing Pu­tra­jaya In­ter­na­tional Book Fair (PIBF) prom­ises to trans­port visi­tors to a mag­i­cal book town, “Book­erville”.

Mod­elled on the con­cept of a theme park, Book­erville will host the fair from March 19 to 23 at the Pu­tra­jaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre with the aim of pro­vid­ing an ed­u­ca­tional and en­ter­tain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for visi­tors.

The event will fea­ture more than five mil­lion books for sale at at­trac­tive prices, laid out in two ex­hi­bi­tion halls span­ning over 5,500sqm (60,000 square feet).

Visi­tors can also look for­ward to the In­ter­na­tional Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val, where sto­ry­tellers from around the re­gion will con­duct work­shops and stage per­for­mances. There will also be book talks and celebrity ap­pear­ances as well as role play ac­tiv­i­ties by Kidza­nia and gam­ing chal­lenges for the young ones.

In ad­di­tion to that, PIBF will present awards to the win­ners of the MPH Best of 2013 ti­tles. Through a care­ful se­lec­tion process, MPH has se­lected 20 best­selling ti­tles in six cat­e­gories: English non-fic­tion and busi­ness ti­tles and adult and young adult fic­tion, as well as Malay fic­tion and non-fic­tion. The au­thor of the top-sell­ing ti­tle in each cat­e­gory will re­ceive the MPH Best of 2013 award.

For a full list of the MPH Best of 2013 ti­tles, go to mphon­line. com; MPH Book­stores is of­fer­ing the ti­tles in a spe­cial pro­mo­tion that gives read­ers a 50% dis­count when they pur­chase a sec­ond copy of any MPH Best of 2013 ti­tle from now un­til Feb 16, 2014, at all MPH Book­stores na­tion­wide.

MPH will also be an­nounc­ing the win­ners of the Top Novelis Mu­tiara Minda con­test at the fair. The na­tion­wide con­test started in De­cem­ber last year to en­cour­age as­pir­ing Malay writ­ers to send in their manuscripts. The top three win­ners will have their nov­els pub­lished by MPH Group Pub­lish­ing.

To ease the way of book­worms ea­ger to visit Book­erville, the PIBF Priv­i­lege Pass was in­tro­duced at the press con­fer­ence held last Tues­day to an­nounce the fair.

The pass en­ables visi­tors to en­joy ex­clu­sive of­fers dur­ing the fair, in­clud­ing a 30% dis­count on stan­dard KLIA Tran­sit fares. You can take the KLIA Tran­sit to Pu­tra­jaya Sen­tral and avoid the has­sle of traf­fic; Nadi Pu­tra will also be of­fer­ing free bus ser­vices to PIBF visi­tors at se­lected pickup points in Pu­tra­jaya.

Priv­i­lege pass hold­ers can also en­joy dis­counts on food and bev­er­age at the con­ven­tion cen­tre, spe­cial ho­tel rates at the nearby Pu­tra­jaya Shangri-La, and more. The priv­i­lege pass will be avail­able at all MPH out­lets in the Klang Val­ley from March 1.

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