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More book lovers attend this year's Singapore Writers Festival

Published on Nov 16, 2012 7:42 PM

Fifteen per cent more passes to the Singapore Writers Festival were sold this year compared with last year. Total attendance also went up this year, with 16,200 people attending ticketed and free events from Nov 2 up to last Sunday. Last year, the attendance figure was 13,500.

Festival director Paul Tan, 42, attributes the bigger numbers this year to "a combination of programming what our audiences appreciate and a dash of luck with no rain for the first weekend and Hurricane Sandy not affecting the arrival of our American authors".

Americans Michael Cunningham, who won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Hours, and wrestler-turned-writer Mick Foley were among the headline events this year.

Names such as Taiwanese writer-illustrator Jimmy Liao had attendance at Mandarin-language events rising 40 per cent this year to more than 1,100 visitors. At Malay-language events, visitors numbered 235 this year, treble that of last year.

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