Skip to main content

LA Times Festival of Books featuring Taiwanese literary books

  • Date:2023-04-22~2023-04-23

The largest Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in the United States will kick off at the University of Southern California on April 22 and 23, 2023. The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles will host Booth No. 149 under the theme of "Literature as a Reflection and Dialogue." The Taiwan Academy is collaborating with the National Taiwan Museum of Literature, Taiwan Creative Content Agency, and the Taipei Book Fair Foundation to select 10 Taiwanese literary books for exhibition. This joint effort aims to promote Taiwanese literary works in the western America.

Kevin Chen (陳思宏), a recipient of both the Taiwan Literature Award and Golden Tripod Awards in Taiwan, released the first-ever English version of his book "Ghost Town (鬼地方)" in October 2022, which was soon selected as the New York Times most anticipated book of fall 2022. Kevin Chen is thrilled to be joining the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books panelists in the section "Fiction: The Struggle to Live" at 12 p.m. on April 22, 2023, at the Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre. Additionally, both Kevin Chen and Crystal Lee (李晶晶), the author of the children's book "Kai the Dancing Butterfly,” will be present at the booth of the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles to meet with book enthusiasts.

Ten excellent Taiwanese literary works have been selected to exhibit at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The books include "Ghost Town" by Kevin Chen, "The Whisper (荒聞)" by Chang Yu-ko (張渝歌), "The Sniper (炒飯狙擊手)" by Chang Kuo-li (張國立), "Green Monkey Syndrome" by Andrew Yeh, "The Mermaid's Tale (人魚紀)" by Lee Wei-jing (李維菁), "The Piano Tuner (尋琴者)” by Kuo Chiang-sheng (郭強生), "Look at You! Look at the Mess You've Made? (你看看你,把這裡弄得這麼亂!)" by Liu Hsu-kung (劉旭恭), "Kai the Dancing Butterfly” by Crystal Lee, "Existence or Non-existence” by Lee Kuei-shieh (李蕢至), and "Taiwanese Literature Historical Top 100." All these works have been translated into English and are of exceptional quality.

Since its inception in 1996, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been a free and open event for the public, and it has developed into a significant cultural and educational gathering for book enthusiasts. It draws tens of thousands of visitors every year, including sellers, writers, and publishers, and provides indoor and outdoor events, hundreds of exhibitor booths, author signings, live concerts, and much more. For further details about the exhibits, please visit: