The Taiwan Literature Awards ceremony was held at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park on Nov. 12, during which German-based Taiwanese author Lai Hsiang-yin (賴香吟) received the Annual Golden Grand Laurel Award (金典年度大獎) for her novel "The White Portrait (白色畫像)."
Lai, who specially returned to Taiwan from Germany to attend the ceremony, described "The White Portrait" as a novel exploring the past; while Lin Hwai-min (林懷民)'s work pioneers the path of art and continues to benefit the younger generation to this day. Lai also specially thanked the late former director of the National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL), Lin Jui-ming (林瑞明), who was the first to discover her interest in writing the novel.
In addition to the Annual Golden Grand Laurel Award, seven Golden Book Awards were handed to Ling Yu (零雨) for "Doughters (女兒);" Ho Chih-ho (何致和) for "Underground Station (地鐵站);" He Wun-jin (何玟珒) for "That Day, We Searched Our Ways Behind A Chicken Butt (那一天我們跟在雞屁股後面尋路);" Chang Chuan-fen (張娟芬) for "Hooligan Wang Xin-Fu (流氓王信福);" Chung Yung-feng (鍾永豐) for "How The Night Chrysanthemums Began To March (菊花如何夜行軍);" Kevin Chen (陳思宏) for "The Good People Upstairs (樓上的好人);" and Lin Hwai-min for "Torrent And Reflections (激流與倒影)."
Three New Bud Awards (蓓蕾獎) went to Tang Fu-jui (唐福睿) for "The Attorney From Bachimen (八尺門的辯護人)," Kuo Yen-jen (郭彥仁) for "Into The Bunun Mountains (走進布農的山)," and Chung Yung-feng for "How The Night Chrysanthemums Began To March."
In his speech, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te expressed gratitude to the jury members, award winners and publishers for their dedication to the field of creative writing. He stressed that MOC and the NMTL will continue to boost excellent books' visibility within the market and also strengthen cross-border collaboration to enhance the value of literature. In addition, starting next year, MOC will increase the budget to strategically and systematically translate literacy works into other languages, to reinforce international channels for marketing, allowing the world to see Taiwan's abundant stories.