Acclaimed Illustrator Page Tsou to Headline Taiwan Pavilion at Guadalajara International Book Fair

  (From Left) Paoping Huang, Director of TBFF, Doris Wang, Chair of TBFF, CHU Jui-Hao, Deputy Director of the Department of Humanities and Publications, MOC., and Feature Illustrator Page Tsou.


The Taiwan Pavilion at this year's Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL), scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 7, is themed “Descubra Taiwán,” showcasing the works of acclaimed illustrator Page Tsou along with 449 original publications by 49 Taiwan publishing houses.

Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF) Chair, Doris Wang, said the birth of FIL is just like that of Taipei International Book Exhibition—through the support of book lovers. This year's slogan, “Descubra Taiwán (Discover Taiwan),” is especially in Spanish to create a connection with Spanish readers.

Guadalajara International Book Fair was founded in 1987 by the University of Guadalajara and has grown to be the largest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world. Guadalajara is the second-largest city in Mexico, and the book fair attracted approximately 1,932 publishers and over 20,386 publishing professionals from more than 43 countries last year, representing over US$330 million in economic flow to the city of Guadalajara. Last year, it was estimated that more than 750,000 people attended the book fair.

Feature artist Page Tsou will be giving a talk, titled “Working in Progress” at the fair. He revealed his plan to share what picture books mean to him—an exploration of all possibilities, including fine art and experimental techniques in his works.

Tsou has been recognized globally with a string of honors, including Best of Show winner at U.S.-based 3x3 Professional Show and the prestigious Bologna Children’s Book Fair - Fundación SM International Award for Illustration in 2011. After claiming the Italian award, Tsou held solo exhibitions at Bologna and Japan and his book, El Soldado de Plomo, was published by Fundación SM of Spain in 2012.

His latest illustration book The Gift, a collaboration with the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, received an award at the 55th U.S. Communication Arts Illustration Competition. Over the last seven years, Tsou has collected 28 international awards and pioneered the foray of Taiwan publications into the Spanish-language market. He is scheduled to share his experience as a young Taiwan artist making headway on the international scene Nov. 30 at the book fair.

Taiwan made its debut at the event in 2013 to tap the immense potential of the Spanish-language market, establishing a strong presence in the international section with the national pavilion. The success story was extensively covered by Mexican newspaper group Milenio and was praised by director of the book fair Marisol Schulz Manaut.

Chu Jui-Hao, Deputy Director of the Department of Humanities and Publications in the Ministry of Culture (MOC), said that MOC aims to expand Taiwan publishing around the globe. Their goal is to "blaze a trail for Chinese publishing and let the world see the beauty of Taiwan!"

Organized by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation under the auspices of the MOC, this year's Taiwan Pavilion will be located at International Area ii5, encompassing eight booths across an area of 72 square meters, on a par with French and German pavilions. Building on last year's success, the pavilion will showcase children's books and illustrations with international appeal, alongside a wide array of Taiwan-themed publications, catering to the demand for children’s books and educational materials in the Spanish-language market.

All visitors to the Taiwan Pavilion will have the opportunity to win tattoo stickers based on characters Tsou created for The Gift, and The Little Beauty designed by Jimmy Liao exclusively for the pavilion. The opening party is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 12:00 p.m.


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