Saturday, May 24, 2008

BookFest 2008

Once again, I made it to the Popular’s BookFest in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the place’s packed with people! The main reason I came was because of my friend – to pass him some books his girlfriend wanted to borrow. And of course, it’s nice to pay him a visit at his booth too, located at Hall 2.

BookFest 2007
(A photo I recycled from last year's event)

An exciting meet-the-author event was also happening at Hall 5 where James Lee, the author who wrote the Mr Midnight children’s horror story series, was making his appearance and signing books for his young fans. James Lee is the pseudonym of Jim Aitchison and he's born in Australia, now based in Singapore. I wouldn’t miss out on anything like that so I quickly grabbed two of his books and made my way to the queue. He has a lovely accent and most definitely a fantastic storyteller. He was asking children to come up to the stage to scare a few people. Very funny, really. Finally, after 15 minutes in the queue, I’ve finished 50 pages of his book and it’s my turn to go up the stage to get my books signed! He was very friendly. I was a big, big girl up there asking for his autograph and I’m so proud of myself for having the guts to do that.

Here I am queuing for my turn
James signing my books

With my book signing mission accomplished, I went back to book hunting and got myself the following titles:

A box-set of Jeffrey Archer’s novels:

  1. Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less
  2. A Quiver Full of Arrows
  3. The Prodigal Daughter
  4. A Twist in the Tale
  5. First Among Equals

Michael Connelly’s City of Bones

James Lee’s Mr Midnight’s series:

  1. Don’t Go Near the Neighbours / Somebody’s Stealing My Life
  2. Flying Tiger Fist of Shaolin / Demon’s Island

Total damage of the day: MYR84 (USD26) for 8 books.

Before I call it a day, I had to (I must) go to Starbucks and have my fill of caffeine. So I made my way there and plonked my butt down, whipped out my laptop and let out a sigh of contentment. Life is so good. I take a sip of my coffee. Wonderful.

Shortly after that, there was an update from my friend back at the BookFest saying that a local celebrity was creating a ruckus (fans getting autographs) right where his booth was, and I can’t believe I missed it! I should’ve stayed back at my friend’s booth a little longer... Not that I care about the celebrity but I do want to ‘witness’ it out of curiosity.

I had a fun day out in the city. All I have to make sure I do now is to get back to my studies and play catch up!

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