Taipei International Book Exhibition 2016 touts “Reading the World”

The 2016 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) is set to kick off on Feb.16 at Taipei World Trade Center. Organized by Taipei Book Fair Foundation under the auspices of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the annual book lovers’ gathering is celebrating its 24th anniversary this year. Themed “Reading the World,” the 2016 edition features 1,706 booths by 626 publishers from 66 countries, along with over 400 activities during the six-day event.

This year’s Guest of Honor is Hungary in Central Europe. Boasting 15 Nobel Prize winners, including a laureate in literature, Hungary is a country of immense talent and creativity across the fields of science and humanities. Via collaboration with the Balassi Institute, Hungary’s national institute dedicated to promoting cultural development, the Hungary Pavilion will showcase the country’s vibrant cultural and publishing scenes with a wide range of publications. In addition to the Guest of Honor pavilion, TIBE presents a diverse lineup of exhibitions. The rich and enjoyable contents of the book fair, coupled with free admission for showgoers aged under 18, are sure to advance the initiative of “Reading the World.”

Spotlight feature: Guest of Honor Hungary

The theme of Hungary’s exhibition is “Freedom Love,” quoted from the Hungarian national poet and liberal revolutionist, Sándor Petőfi. “Freedom Love” is also in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution, the incident that marks the progress of liberty in Hungary, with historical materials and memorial films of the same titles on display.

The Guest of Honor exhibition is organized by the Balassi Institute. Several authors, historians, illustrators, publishers and scholars such as Dr. László Tüske, the director of the National Széchényi Library in Budapest; Dr. János Kubassek, the director of Hungarian Geographical Museum; award-winning documentary director and author Péter Gárdos; award-winning author György Dragomán; food writer and chef Zsófia Mautner; musician and author Mihály Rosonczy Kovács; illustrator Katalin Szegedi; illustrator Renata Rippl and illustrator Irisz Agócs have been invited to participate in theme exhibitions, seminars, book launches and events. Other cultural events including folk music and dance performances, folk art workshops, Hungarian food cooking demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, etc., are also featured in the pavilion.

Spotlight feature: Exhibition of Eileen’s Style

This year marks the 20th anniversary of legendary Chinese author Eileen Chang’s death. In commemoration, writer Man Chuan Chang was invited to curate the “Exhibition of Eileen’s Style.” With “love” as its theme, the exhibition highlights the lasting literary legacy left by Eileen Chang. The author’s personal belongings, rare manuscripts and illustrations are showcased in a creative and interactive fashion. Readers can walk into her living space to explore the life of this mysterious and romantic writer.

Spotlight feature: Literature and Art Book Zone

TIBE 2016 presents the Literature and Art Book Zone, a brand new addition that welcomes the exhibition of literary publishers, indie publishers, independent bookshops and the National Palace Museum. Literary publishers such as Chiu Ko Publishing Co., Ltd and Elite Books, whose publications have won the TIBE Book Prize before, or Wenhsun and Unitas Publishing Co., Ltd, will not only showcase works from classic writers and emerging talents, but also invite prestigious writers to speak at the exhibition.

Spotlight feature: Pavilion of Taiwan Publishing

Writers under the Same Roof: Literary Families in Taiwan

The National Museum of Taiwan Literature organizes the exhibition, “Writers under the Same Roof: Literary Families in Taiwan” to present the diversity in Taiwan literature from the perspective of daily life. Readers can learn more about the famous couples, siblings, parents and children as well as cross-generation literary families in Taiwan’s literary community through manuscripts, photographs, personal belongings and audiovisual materials. Though living under the same roof, these writers display different themes, concerns, influences, thoughts, values and literary forms in their individual works and writing exercises. The exhibition is intended to explore more research directions in Taiwan literature, attract more readers to Taiwan literature and provide a view into social and cultural development in Taiwan.

Spotlight feature: Dream, diffuse! Special Exhibition

Dream, diffuse! Special Exhibition (DDSE) in Taipei 2016 sets out to bring more attention to a wider variety of original creative works, including comics, light novels, illustrations, picture books, games and videos. DDSE is showcasing original drafts of hand-drawn comics, such as Age of Wind by Xia Da, currently published in installments in Japan and China. Another highlight is the original creative works from Taiwan. Representing Taiwan’s currently graphic novel and comic scene, popular works from comic book artists Lung-Chieh Li and Jian Chen (COCOON) along with illustrators Cola King and Ann Wang can all be seen at DDSE. To accentuate the bond between Taiwan and international artists who have close ties with Taiwan, the works of these artists are also being displayed.

Spotlight feature: World-renowned international writers featured in TIBE 2016

World-renowned writers visiting TIBE 2016 include National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Hass, Portuguese National Illustration Prize winner Afonso Cruz, the most popular writer among Israel’s young generation Etgar Keret and the Polish fantasy master Andrzej Sapkowski. Andrzej Sapkowski is set to make his debut at the TIBE to promote the Traditional Chinese edition of The Swallow’s Tower, the latest installment in his acclaimed Witcher Saga. This is also his first visit to the country.

Spotlight feature: World Design Capital Taipei 2016 Exhibition

World Design Capital (WDC) Taipei 2016 Exhibition traces back Taipei’s bidding timeline for hosting the WDC and reviews the project achievements, such as Taipei’s urban transformation movement and Taipei Design Action, throughout the years. The exhibition also presents the event calendar of WDC Taipei 2016. This exhibition is curated by designer, Pao-Ching Huang, and hosted by the TIBE. With reading at its core, the exhibition introduces the public to design in everyday life and showcases Taiwan’s soft power in both publishing and designing on the world stage.

Spotlight feature: Children’s Book Pavilion: Fly to the World

Themed “Fly to the World,” the Children’s Book Pavilion in Hall 3 brings together recommended children’s illustrations from Taiwan, Portugal and the Guest of Honor country Hungary.

The Taiwanese Illustration Exhibition showcases the finest works from award-winning illustrators in Taiwan including Bei Lynn, Hsin-Yu Sun, Chao-Lun Tsai, Ru-Qing Lee and Shu-Ti Liao. Both children and grownups are invited to explore the innovative illustrated works in the Children’s Book Pavilion.

The Portuguese National Illustration Prize Exhibition presents 17 winners and their works. This prize aims to encourage the quality and creativity of picture books illustration published in Portugal. It is awarded every year. Created in 1996, it is given by the Secretary of State for Culture, through the DGLAB (Direção-Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas).

The Hungarian Illustration Exhibition is organized by the Balassi Institute, featuring outstanding works from five prestigious and prolific illustrators Katalin Szegedi, Renata Rippl, Irisz Agócs, András Dániel, and Kinga Rofusz.

Spotlight feature: Experiencing Jimmy Liao’s virtual world through HTC Vive

Jimmy Liao’s fans can now step into the colorful fantastic world depicted in his books. Using Taiwan smartphone manufacturer HTC’s virtual reality device Vive, the exhibition enables visitors to experience firsthand the famed Taiwanese illustrator’s All of My World Is You: they will become the protagonist and enter the mysterious hotel room, feeling the sorrow of losing one’s pet dog and taking a trip down memory lane in the company of some truly fantastic characters. With a same-day purchase of over NT$1,688 (US$50), visitors can get the chance to see Liao’s illustrated world come to life through the power of virtual reality.

Spotlight feature: A dazzling display of international participants

TIBE has become an important Asian cultural establishment after 24 years of dedication to book fair operations. With 66 participating countries from around the world, the 2016 TIBE features a diverse array of international publications. In the international section are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey, while the Spanish-language pavilion combines the efforts from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain. The participation of Australia and New Zealand from the Oceania and Israel from the Middle East further adds to the rich Asian cultural heritage represented by Bhutan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau and Thailand.

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