With close to 600,000 visitors at last year's BookFest@Singapore, it's clear that it's the event to attend for all your literary, educational, and even technological needs and wants.
130,000sq ft: The area this year’s BookFest@Singapore will occupy. Equivalent to three football fields, the biggest ever fair for the mega book and stationery event’s 11th anniversary is currently on at the Suntec Convention Halls until Dec 24. BookFest@Singapore sees 50 activities celebrating local literary and publishing achievements, and a myriad of books and IT sales, and educational programmes. Who says people don’t read anymore?
69 per cent: No. of Singaporean adults who read at least one book a year, compared to 91 per cent of teenagers, according to a 2016 survey by the National Library Board.
25,500: No. of festival-goers who attended this year’s Singapore Writers Festival, a 25 per cent jump from the previous year and a record high. The annual literary event, which happened in November, also had a record number of more than 335 authors, up from 312 last year.
1: Scene in Stephen King’s best-selling novel IT that never made it to any onscreen adaptations, including the one released earlier this year. The controversial scene involves sex between the children, and happened in the novel after they defeated the titular evil clown. King’s apt response: “It’s fascinating to me that there has been so much comment about that single sex scene, and so little about the multiple child murders. That must mean something, but I’m not sure what.”
2: How much discount kids get if they read a book aloud to their barber at the Fuller Cut barbershop in Michigan, USA. Similar programmes are found all over the country to promote literacy and learning.
12: No. of books that the Condor Trilogy consists of…in an English translation, that is. The original trilogy, which will be translated into English for the first time next February by a UK publisher, was written by wuxia writer Jin Yong in the 1950s. The original Chinese text comprised three novels, including The Legend of the Condor Heroes, and boasts dozens of TV and film adaptations. Er, does this mean Hollywood’s going to jump on this bandwagon soon?
1.2mil: No. of books the Tianjin Binhai Library, which opened in October in Tianjin, China, can hold. The library features an awe-inspiring auditorium with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that curve and ebb around a spherical ceiling, granting readers an illusion of being inside an eye. In comparison, our National Library holds
about 200,000 books.
The BookFest@Singapore 2017 is on until Dec 24 at the Suntec Convention Halls. Visit www.bookfestsingapore.com for more info.