Events Introducing the Power of Reading
29 January 2018 / 2018TIBE

According to the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF), the 2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) will feature 10 pavilions, 5 forums, and more than 500 events. In the presence of representatives from European Economic and Trade Office, Goethe-Institut Taipei, and the French Office in Taipei, Ms. Mei-Rong Deng (the deputy director of the Department of Humanities and Publications of the Ministry of Culture) and TBFF Chairman Mr. James C. M. Chao expressed gratitude to everyone who has supported the event along its 26 year history.

The Head of the European Economic and Trade Office, Ms. Anna Maria Madeleine Majorenko, pointed out that this year is the 6th anniversary for the EU Pavilion, and age 6 is when kids start to read on their own. Visitors for the EU Pavilion can leaf through books from Austria, Czech, Estonia, Greece, Italy, and Portugal in a venue taking inspiration from ancient Greek agora, and participate in cultural events every day from 14:00 to 16:00 while enjoying complimentary coffee.

Ms. Anna Maria Madeleine Majorenko - Head of the European Economic and Trade Office

According to the director of the Goethe-Institut Taipei, Mr. Jens Rösler, the Germany Pavilion will feature 15 publishers and 250 award-winning books for teenagers and children of such themes as environment, design, and architecture. Three German writers have been invited to share their views with Taiwanese readers. Another highlight this year is the illustration exhibition LOOK!, which had been curated by Germany as the Guest of Honor at the 2016 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Mr. Jens Rösler - Director of the Goethe-Institut Taipei

The head of Culture, Education, and Science Section of the French Office in Taipei, Mr. Nicolas Bauquet, gave a special mention to guest speaker Ms. Leïla Slimani. She is the winner of France's top literary accolade, the Prix Goncourt, and was made France's emissary of the French language by President Macron. The France Pavilion will showcase 11 reading devices. Digital publication creators and producers will personally introduce their works and participate in the digital publishing forum, book signing sessions, as well as the first-ever VR presentation.

Nicolas Banquet - Head of Culture, Education, and Science Section of the French Office in Taipei

A special selection of children’s Greek books is presented in the Greek section of the EU pavilion, organized by the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. Warsaw Trade Office in Taipei would also like to present some of the most prominent books for children which have received many prestigious awards in Poland and abroad. Estonia will also present a selection of the best designed books and children’s books of 2016.

This year, Belgium Pavilion features various titles from publishers, and a famous and talented illustrator invited by Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI). The Portuguese exhibit showcases 6 winning titles of 4 important Portuguese book awards. The Czech Republic is a small country located “in the heart of Europe” well known for its book writers and illustrators. The Italian Economic, Trade, and Cultural Promotion Office in Taipei (IETCPO) will exhibit both classical and contemporary literary works alongside their Chinese versions. Austria will present a selection of books from Austrian publishers focusing on architecture. The Trade Office of Swiss Industries are especially excited to present three books written by Taiwanese-Swiss authors who describe their views and experiences with the Swiss way of life. Central America Trade Office collects hardcover travel books from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, as well as the rare series of books on Central American literature to be demonstrated during the six days of event. Organizations from the UK include the Publishers Association—which is attending TIBE with 11 publishers for the first time in a decade—and the first-time exhibitor Book Depository, which offers free book delivery worldwide.

The Japan Pavilion is showcasing replicas of the legendary Osamu Tezuka’s manga. Publishers of children's books from Japan and Taiwan can share their experiences in a newly-introduced event. In addition, a conversation will be held between two renowned illustrators Yūichi Kimura and Jimmy Liao. The Hong Kong Pavilion has prepared a star-studded list of speakers that includes Zheng-Yu Huang, Agnes Chan, Koon-Chung Chang, Po-Chung Chow, and Susanna Chui-Yung Cheung. Korean bestselling authors You-Jeong Jeong, Kang-Myoung Chang, and Won-June Tae will also give talks at this year’s TIBE.

Organized by the Brazil Book Chamber (Câmara Brasileira do Livro), the Brazil booth showcases the winning titles of the 2017 Jabuti Awards (Prêmio Jabuti). Jabuti was created in 1958 and is Brazil’s most traditional and celebrated book award. The most important differential in relation to other literature awards is its reach: besides appreciating writers, the award highlights the work quality of several areas related to creation and production of a book. Publishing houses of several segments and independent writers apply annually hoping for the desired statuette and the recognition it provides. Winning a Jabuti is a desire by all of those who consider a book as an ideal of life. It is a distinction that gives to its winner much more than a financial reward. Winning a Jabuti represents to the book the ballast of the Brazilian intellectual community; it means to be admitted to a group of remarkable writers that are part of the national literature.

The 26th TIBE will present four exhibition pavilions: the Creative Comic Collection Interactive Digital Exhibition, the Taiwan Characters Carnival, the Digital Publishing Pavilion, and Make a Zine 2. The Creative Comic Collection Interactive Digital Exhibition brings together the comic book industry and the technology industry. The Taiwan Character Brand Licensing Association will bring their IP mascots to the venue. The Digital Publishing Pavilion allows readers to experience digital publications incorporated with AR and VR technologies, while visitors can design their own magazines in Make a Zine 2.

IP Mascots - Taiwan Character Brand Licensing Association

The section for literary, NGO, and independent publishers is organized by the Taiwan Association for Independent Bookshop Culture, Indie Publishers, and the Taiwan Labor Front. The three organizations are hosting small book fairs and over 20 talks in and outside Taipei to bring the power of reading to local communities.

In the Children’s Pavilion at Hall 3, readers can find works from illustrators who had represented Taiwan in the Museum of the Fantastic at the 2017 Bologna Children's Book Fair. The organizer, Howard Chen, mentioned that Jimmy Liao, Chin-Lun Lee, and other artists will give talks at the newly-added Illustrator’s Salon. The “Where the Books Are” section welcomes young readers to play the role of detective, and investigate the animal kingdom. Stage plays are scheduled for the weekend to bring the joy of reading to children.

TIBE 2018 also features the Rare Books Auction, where collectors Victor Wang and Wei Li will have a conversation on rare book collection.

Rare Books Collection



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