The Taiwan Pavilion at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, to be held from Oct. 9 to 13, will showcase an array of books, comics and e-readers from Taiwan.
The 200-square-meter pavilion, which will be jointly set up by the Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Book Fair Foundation, will exhibit award-winning Taiwanese publications, interactive e-reading devices and recommended works by Taiwanese writers, illustrators and comic artists.
Chinese-language books that are banned in China, such as those by exiled Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian, pro-democracy activist Wang Dan and literature scholar Qian Liqun, will also be displayed to highlight Taiwan's liberal publishing environment.
Beginning this year, the foundation will also subsidize publishers in translating their literature and non-fiction works, as well as children's books and comic books, into foreign languages such as English, French and German.
Excerpts of the translated books will then be exhibited at the Taiwan Pavilion, which is aptly called 'Made in Taiwan' this year.
Foundation officials said they will also subsidize eight representatives from Taiwan's publishing sector to promote copyright trading at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest book fair in the world.
Last year, over 7,300 exhibitors from 97 countries participated in the book fair, with visitor numbers exceeding 281,000. A total of 3,400 events were held at the book fair in 2012.
Brazil will be the theme country of the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair, and 70 authors from the South American nation are expected to visit the German city in October.
The Frankfurt Book Fair (known as “Frankfurter Buchmesse” in German) is a five-day publishing fair that is held annually in mid-October in Germany. It is known for both serious and humorous ventures, such as the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year.