Book launch: ‘The Mystery of the Missing Tapirs’
Jonathan Yun Sculptural Jewellery, 152 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang (www.preciouspages.com.my/www. jonathanjewelry.com). Are your kids fans of Patricia Chew’s tapir books? Bring them to Jonathan Yun’s jewellery shop for this unique event combining the art of sculptural jewellery and storytelling. The event will comprise a talk by Yun about the art of transforming metal into stunning, wearable designs as well as a storytelling session by Chew with highlights from her upcoming book ‘The Mystery of the Missing Tapir’. Yun has designed a special line of tapir jewellery to celebrate the book and these limited edition pieces will be available for sale. Sat, Aug 29, 10am-2pm.
MPH Bookerville Carnival Roadshow
(03 7955 1090/www.mphonline.com). Goodie bags, mascots, games, prizes and a whole lot of books. This book fiesta will travel the country and bring the joy of reading with it. There will be all the usual carnival sights, sounds and tastes – so kids can catch a clown show and scoff popcorn and cotton candy in between searching for great new reads. MPH Readers’ Circle (MRC) Junior members can join the Bookerville Carnival Party at MPH 1 Utama (29-30 August). MPH 1 Utama, Aug 29-30; MPH Nu Sentral, Sep 26-27; MPH Johor Bahru City Square, Oct 31-Nov 1; MPH Aeon Seremban2, Nov 28-29. 1-6pm.
Level 4, Suria KLCC, KL (03 216 8133/ malaysia.kinokuniya.com/store). Floor to ceiling glass windows flood this sprawling bookstore with natural light and provide a spectacular view of KLCC’s fountains. Despite being a Japanese chain, Kinokuniya is well-stocked with English, Chinese and Malay publications. This disabled-friendly bookstore is also equipped with an elevator. Daily, 10am-10pm.
First floor, Menara Mutiara Majestic, Jalan Othman, PJ (03 7770 2500). Skoob Books is a secondhand bookshop where you can sense that the books are really loved. A far cry from the bright, orderly and overpriced chain bookstores, Skoob carries an eclectic range of reasonably priced books with prices between RM10-RM20. You’ll find it hard not to walk away with a stack of books. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-8pm; Sun and Public Holidays, 10.30am-6pm.
Subang Jaya Book Exchange
BEP Cabin, Jalan USJ 12/2F, Subang Jaya (www.facebook.com/sjusjbep). A highly lauded initiative by USJ residents, the Subang Jaya Book Exchange is held every first and third Sunday of the month. Get rid of the books you no longer need by submitting them to a volunteer for quality inspection, after which you’ll get to select and take home a number of other donations. The team behind the book exchange is constantly looking for volunteers, so offer your time and effort to meet fellow book lovers. First and third Sun of the month, 3-5pm.
17 Jalan Dato’ Sheikh Ahmad, Seremban (06 762 7755). Widely recommended by locals as the best bookshop in town, Sinaran Bookstore can get crowded on weekends. Be sure to apply for the discount card for better savings! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for their regular contests and activities for kids. Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm.
First floor, Island Plaza, 118 Jalan Tanjong Tokong (04 899 8911/www.leobookstore. com). Located in Island Plaza, Leo Books aims to ‘make reading more affordable’ by carrying both new and used books. Leo also purchases pre-loved books at a percentage of the original price. Check out the wide range of materials by local and international authors and pick up an English-Hokkien pocket dictionary. The children’s section is among the better ones we’ve spotted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-8pm; Sun, 11am-6pm.