To establish new contacts and licensing opportunities, Taiwan will be represented by a full delegation comprising of 38 publishers and 402 creative works at the upcoming Bologna Children's Book Fair, one of the world's largest children's publishing and multimedia trade fair.
The 160-square-meter Taiwan Pavilion at Bologna has been organized into seven sections to present cultural and creative works such as illustrations, comics, educational materials, multimedia products, computer tablets and e-readers for children, as well as print and digital books.
Two Taiwanese artists have also been selected to serve as cultural ambassadors at the book fair: female illustrator Hung I-ching (洪意晴) and nature photographer Liu Bor-leh (劉伯樂).
Hung, 33, said she hopes that her wordless illustrated book 'Le Visiteur' (訪客) will encourage readers to come up with their own interpretations of the story. "Le Visiteur,” which was inspired by her visit to west Australia, features no text but plenty of imaginary alien beings.
Liu, 62, has over 30 years of experience in drawing and photographing birds, insects, and other scenes from nature. He hopes to introduce Taiwan's wild birds and ecology to international readers through his illustration collection "I Saw A Bird” (我看見一隻鳥).
The three-day Bologna book fair will be accompanied by the first-ever Week of Children's Books & Cultural Activities, an initiative to put together the world's largest bookstore for children. "Wabi and Sabi” (哇比與莎比) by Taiwanese illustrator Huang Yu-hsuan (黃郁軒) and storyteller Arlene Hsing (幸佳慧) has been selected as one of the initiative's 25,000-volume collection.
The Taipei-based Grimm Press is also in the run for the Best Children's Publisher of the Year in the Asia category.
For more information on Taiwan's delegation to the 51st Bologna children's book fair, which will take place between March 24 and 27, please visit the Chinese-language event page here.