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Travel writer and avid book collector Azhari Mahmood, aka Zari Malaysiana, is a man on a mission. He loves books, especially rare Malaysian books. He aims to grow a nationwide community that appreciates and understands the value of these old books.

“Serious collectors have always been around when it comes to this kind of books. But I think a lot of younger Malaysians are now waking up to the fact that the only way to dig for our lost histories is to look through old books and to discover things. It takes effort, but it’s worth it,” says Zari.

This weekend, Zari is putting together the “Book Street” corner, which he calls “a pocket event” in conjunction with Collector’s Pick Merdeka market at Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya from Aug 30 to Sept 1.

The three-day rare book fair, starting this Friday morning, is all about gathering an independent community of vintage book sellers, and the focus will be on a vast selection of collectible and out-of-print books, rare antique maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts and antiquities, some over 100 years old.

A majority of the vendors are specialists in British Malaya-era vintage books and rare South-East Asian publications. An array of Malaysian first edition books from the 1960s and 1970s will also be available alongside contemporary books, indie publications, comics and fanzines.

This weekend’s vendors include GMS Buku, Pelita Dhihin, Balai Buku Raya, Taman Pustaka, Rumah Klasik Kuantan, Padajiwa, Obscura Malaysia, Kedai Hitam Putih, Antique Depot Buku and ITBM (Institut Terjemahan Buku Malaysia).

“I just wanted to start something new with this ‘Book Street’ idea. Vintage markets, admittedly, can be overwhelming, so to have all the book vendors in a dedicated area is a good thing. There will be 17 vendors. Due to space constraints, we had to limit ourselves.

“Book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove. Think of it as a trip to an exhibit or museum.  I’ve organised the Book Street in such a way that newcomers can explore the diversity of vintage books, while regulars will also have plenty to pick from,” says Zari, who will be manning his book stall called Malaysiana.

Zari does admit that rare book prices can be steep for casual collectors, but he has picked out a wide variety of vendors to ensure there will be enough affordable books and bargains to go around.

“At the last book event in Amcorp, a vendor sold a copy of the Malay Peninsula, a 1907 book by German photographer Charles J. Kleingrothe, for RM6,000. It was snapped up quickly by an ardent collector. It was a rare boxed portfolio book. That gives you an indication of the value of such books.

“But that’s not to say you cannot snap up a bargain if you’re on a budget. There will be plenty of books to choose from and you might get lucky with a gem or two,” says Zari.

The Book Street initiative is also a good opportunity to network, especially for an event driven by a community of vendors, collectors and newcomers.

Zari also reveals that more grassroots rare book fairs are being planned to coincide with Kuala Lumpur named as the World Book Capital for the year 2020 by Unesco.

“We believe in community spirit. The Book Street, we hope, is a start of something very exciting for book lovers at a grassroots level. Also, since KL is the World Book Capital next year, we better make reading a habit,” he concludes.


Popular bookstore is currently having a warehouse clearance sale at The Starling in Damansara Uptown from 22nd to 31st March 2019, according to the mall’s website.

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According to The Star, there will be a selection of English, Malay, and Chinese books all in various genres. Apart from books, the clearance sale will also cover stationery supplies and IT products such as CDs, DVDs, as well as IT gadgets, all up to 80% offDuring the sale, you can get as many as five English books for RM20, while enjoying 70% off Chinese books when you buy three or more, whereas CD’s are 50% off.

Those who have receipts amounting to a minimum of RM100 can redeem a RM5 voucher too. There are also purchase-with-purchase deals which include a gold or silver 480ml flask. Sounds like a great deal!

As for those applying for or renewing their Popular Card or Popular Privilege Card, you get a chance to take home a Popular foldable recyclable bag for free!

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There will be activities during the event as well where local graphic novelist Nixon Siow, who is the author of ‘Macam Tu Pun Tak Boleh Ke?‘ will be invited to amuse visitors. During the event, he will be sharing his thoughts sketched out in his comics gallery, “What I hope to see by Wawasan 2020”.

In celebration of the new Malaysia, the author spent a month creating a series of illustrations which are easily comprehended by Malaysians. Nixon Siow hopes his illustrations actively encourage more people to retain a positive mindset and continue effecting change.

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Among other activities, there will also be Discover-It-Yourself workshops such as a forest-themed canvas board workshop, a DIY paper windmill workshop, fun with Lego, story-telling, as well as fun English learning and paper crafts.

So bookworms, be sure to check this place out by the 31st of March!