Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

World’s largest floating book fair sails into Yangon’s port

Logos Hope, the world-travelling floating bookstore, will be berthed at Ahlone International Port Terminal, Yangon and open to the public from October 3 to 14.

The Logos Hope is a literary Santa Claus, bringing books to good boys and girls around the world. Photos: logoshope.orgThe Logos Hope is a literary Santa Claus, bringing books to good boys and girls around the world. Photos:

MV Logos Hope, the floating book fair on a cruise ship, will offer a selection of over 5000 different titles of books at affordable prices. The selections is comprised entirely of English-language books, covering a range of subjects including science, sports, hobbies, cookery, arts, medicine, languages and philosophy.

“Our vision is to bring knowledge, help and hope. We do this by supplying vital literature resources, encouraging cross-cultural understanding, training young people for more effective life and service, providing needed relief and sharing the hope in God wherever there is opportunity,” said Lyte Gatchalian, project coordinator at Logos Hope.

George Verwer and his friend Dale Garman from the United States are the masterminds behind the floating book fair. Logos Hope was launched into service in February 2009 after undergoing large-scale renovations in a Croatian shipyard, extensive work in Kiel, Germany, and finishing touches in Koge, Denmark. Logos Hope has visited around 60 countries since it started to sail.

The fair also offers children’s titles, academic texts, dictionaries, atlases and more.

It is Logos Hope’s first-ever visit to Yangon. The city will be the last stop before sailing to Africa. Her sister ship, Doulos, made her last visit to Yangon in 2002 when over 13,500 visitors welcomed the literary behemoth.

Logos Hope is newer and larger and carries an international crew of 400 volunteers, featuring a greater space for visitors, more comfortable browsing in the air-conditioned book fair and a café area.

Additionally, the rest of the Visitor Experience Deck will be open for the public to explore. The Welcome Area will introduce the new vessel through a short movie and interactive displays.

MV logos Hope will open to the public in Ahlone International Port Terminal, Yangon, from October 3 to 14. Entrance is free.

Opening hours are as follows:
10am-6pm (Mon-Sat)
1pm-6pm (Sun)