The Taiwan pavilion will make its fourth appearance at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, one of the world's largest book fairs based in Mexico, from Nov. 26 through Dec. 4.
Under the banner "DESCUBRA TAIWAN,” the Taiwan pavilion will display a total of 436 books from 80 publishers at the 30th Guadalajara. The collection will encompass children's books, Chinese-language textbooks, award-winning books, recommended books, and illustrated books.
Three publishing companies from Taiwan - Locus Publishing Company (大塊文化), Hsin-Yi Foundation (信誼基金會), and Cosmos Culture Ltd. (寂天文化) - will also join the book fair to engage in the overseas licensing trade.
Award-winning illustrator Sun Hsin-yu (孫心瑜) will be featured as the spotlighted author at the Taiwan pavilion this year. She will unveil her latest picture book "Afternoon (午後)” and lead readers to explore the city of Taipei from the perspective of a young girl on a bike.
She will also join a forum titled "The Ideal of Textless Picture Books” to share her creations and ideas with exhibitiongoers during the book fair.
Sun rose to prominence with her debut children's book "One Day in Beijing (北京遊),” which won the Bologna Ragazzi Award for Non Fiction in 2015. The book traveled to Guadalajara the same year and secured a deal on foreign publication rights in Mexico.
To boost the success of similar licensing agreements, the Ministry of Culture will continue to provide subsidies for publishing professionals to attend overseas literary fairs or join the Taiwan pavilion for further trade opportunities.
The opening event of the Taiwan pavilion will be held on Nov. 27. Publishing professionals, curators, and reporters will be invited to help introduce Taiwanese books to more readers and literary scouts through the largest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world.
‘DESCUBRA TAIWAN' @ Guadalajara