Books

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Back for a Second Year

By Lwin Mar Htun 4 January 2020

The major “Big Bad Wolf” book sale will be back in Yangon for a second time with more genres on offer from Jan. 10 to 20 at the Myanmar Expo Hall at Fortune Plaza in Thaketa Township.

More than 1 million books will see discounts of between 50 and 90 percent from 9 a.m. to midnight at the event.

“The overwhelming support we received during our Yangon and Mandalay events pushed us to organize the sale in Yangon for a second year,” said U Myo Aung, the organizer of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Myanmar and director of Ready to Read Myanmar.

Last year’s event saw sales of about 2.6 billion kyats (US$1.8 million). And the team expects to exceed that figure this year.

“We are very excited to return to Myanmar for the second year and to be able to share the joy of reading and allow access to affordable English books. Myanmar’s keen interest in books and acquiring knowledge is amazing and we’re here to support that interest,” said Jacqueline Ng, who co-founded Big Bad Wolf Books in Malaysia in 2009 with Andrew Yap.

Readers can find a wide offering of titles in various genres with numerous options for children. / Myo Min Soe/The Irrrawaddy

“Through this book sale, we aspire to create a platform that inspires people to achieve their dreams and empowers them with knowledge by making books affordable and accessible to all.”

The event will include four Disney titles and two new puzzle sets. It includes children’s activity books, audiobooks and coloring books.

“More than 250,000 visitors came to the Yangon and Mandalay events in 2019,” U Myo Aung said.

The event is run in collaboration with Save the Library, which buys books for public and school libraries.

A total of 6,512 books were collected from the previous book sales in Yangon and Mandalay and donated to public and school libraries.

“I saw a lot of young people loved to read English books. Yangon has so many readers. We will try to host the event in Yangon annually but we’re not sure about Mandalay,” said U Myo Aung.

A special VIP day will be held on Jan. 9 with tickets available on Big Bad Wolf’s social media page.

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