To promote Taiwan's publishing industry, three Taiwanese writers will attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, which will stage its 67th edition from Oct. 14 through 18.
With support from the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan's publishing industry will appear on the world scene this year under the theme "i,TAIWAN (愛台灣),” in which "i” represents "love” as its English pronunciation is similar to the Chinese character of "ai (愛).” It will highlight national identity and confidence, and enhance the publishing brand of Taiwan.
The Taiwan Pavilion will showcase select works by three Taiwanese authors. "Taiwan Moments (歲月台灣),” a photo collection by Hsu Chung-mao (徐宗懋), reveals the history of Taiwan from 1960 to 1961 from the perspective of photographer Barry Schuttler, an American who used to serve as a priest in Taiwan. The well-made collection reflects Hsu's hard work of preserving history with artful images.
Huang Pao-chin (黃寶琴), an internationally renowned award-winning visual artist, will present her book cover designs. Dubbed "The Paper Keeper,” Huang sees every book as a visual work of art. She hopes that visitors will comprehend the cultural context, thoughts, and meaning behind each aesthetic design.
The Golden Comic Award-winning cartoonist Chang Chi-ya (張季雅) will hold a book-signing session during the fair. Born and raised in a family of tea farmers in Chiayi County, Chang tells the history of Taiwanese oolong tea and the tea culture of Taiwan through the vivid characters in her comic books.
A total of 16 Taiwan-based publishing companies will send representatives to join the exhibition, and 95 publishing companies will jointly send samples of more than 700 publications from Taiwan.
These publications will be offered in 10 sections at the Taiwan Pavilion: "Fine Books of Taiwan,” "Recommended Writers of Taiwan,” "Award-winning Books,” "Authorized Foreign Language Versions,” "Children's Books and Comic Books,” "Digital Publishing,” "Publishing Companies,” "Copyright Discussions,” "Call for Exhibitors for the Taipei International Book Exhibition,” and "Taiwan Salon.”
The opening ceremony of the Taiwan Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair will be held at 3pm on Oct. 14. The exhibition aims to present the creativity of Taiwan with the theme "i,TAIWAN,” enhance cultural exchange through literature, and boost publishing business opportunities.