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Patjar Merah’s quest for equal access to literature

Medina Rahma Putri

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, September 1, 2019  /  01:42 pm
Patjar Merah’s quest for equal access to literature

Knowledge hunters: Visitors to the Patjar Merah mobile book market wander around the pile of books sold at affordable prices, some event discounted by 80 percent. (JP/Medina Rahma Putri)

A group of enthusiastic book readers and writers have created a collective movement known as Patjar Merah to provide access to literature for everyone from different social classes and backgrounds. One of Patjar Merah's founders, writer and blogger Windy Ariestanty, knows first hand the joy that books can bring to a child. She recently shared a story of an encounter between her and a father, whose child was in desperate need of school books, during Patjar Merah’s first ever book festival in Yogyakarta. Windy Ariestanty. (JP/Medina Rahma Putri) Windy said the father had always been very reluctant to go into bookstores because he felt he could not afford to buy any books. She then asked the father to check out Patjar Merah’s mobile book store, which was available during the festival, because she thought he might find the books were more affordable than the one...