15 June 2010
Celebrated British Authors to Highlight July Book Fair
Digital Publishing Also a Focus at HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair
15 June 2010 – Frederick Forsyth, Stephen Fry and Andrew Roberts are among the internationally known authors taking part in the 21st edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, 21-27 July, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
The three authors will feature in two open forums, “How and What and Why do Writers Write.” They will be held 23 July, 6pm-8pm, at the HKCEC, and 24 July, 10am-1pm, at the University of Hong Kong’s Loke Yew Hall.
The sessions will be moderated by Sir David Tang, well-known Hong Kong businessman and the author of An Apple a Week and A Chink in the Armour, his latest collection of columns and articles.
“The Hong Kong Book Fair, the brainchild of the HKTDC, attracts close to a million visitors, which shows what a remarkable event it is,” said Sir David. “I am, therefore, very happy to have invited three great English authors to come for a public forum to this exciting fair."
Mr Forsyth is the celebrated author of The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File and other best-selling thrillers. His latest novel, The Cobra, is scheduled for publication later this year. Stephen Fry is the author of Stephen Fry’s Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music, The Liar and Moab is My Washpot. Mr Roberts’ books include The Storm of War and Masters and Commanders.
Other notable English-language authors appearing at the July Book Fair will include: British poet and literary critic James Fenton; New York-born, Hong Kong-raised novelist Andrew Xia Fukuda; prolific children’s novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz; and novelist Xu Xi, a Chinese-Indonesian native of Hong Kong and writer-in-residence at City University of Hong Kong’s Department of English. Each of the four authors will host a seminar at the Book Fair.
Chinese-language authors from all over the world will also be featured at the Book Fair. They include: Germany’s Jade Y Chen, a novelist of several best-sellers, as well as a playwright and director; Chen Wen-hsien, a Taiwanese author, politician and TV commentator; Hong Kong’s Chou Kwong-chung, the author of the History of the China Central Philharmonic Orchestra (1956-1996) and an expert on contemporary Chinese music history; and Tu Weiming, Professor of Chinese History and the Philosophy of Confucian Studies at Harvard University. Professor Tu published a number of books, in Chinese and in English, on Confucian humanism.
Beyond authors, this year’s Book Fair highlights will include English Avenue, the fair’s largest display of English books yet, and the International Cultural Village, featuring books from 13 countries. In addition, visitors can look forward to a focus on digital publishing at the Asian Publishing Conference and a new fair zone – eBooks and Digital Publishing.
"The HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair has grown from strength to strength over the past two decades," said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. "The high quality of both English and Chinese writers appearing at the fair this year will reinforce the growing importance of the fair as a premier cultural and literary event."
Last year, more than 500 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions took part in the Book Fair’s 20th edition.
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