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Bookworms and big ideas collide at George Town Literary Festival

Award-winning Malaysian event gets a revamp under new leadership

The opening ceremony of the 2018 George Town Literary Festival. The main theme of this year's event is "forewords/afterwords." (Courtesy of George Town Literary Festival)

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia -- New leadership and an expanded lineup of Asian writers mark the upcoming ninth edition of the George Town Literary Festival, one of Southeast Asia's best-known gatherings of writers and readers, which last year drew nearly 6,000 people to 64 events.

The free festival, to be held in the UNESCO-listed capital of Penang, a state in northwest Malaysia, from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, has gone from strength to strength since it launched in 2011, becoming the first Southeast Asian literary festival to win the international Literary Festival Award at the prestigious London Book Fair in 2018.

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