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July feast for hungry bookworms

On behalf of the TDC, its Assistant Executive Director Mr Benjamin Chau donates 30,000 admission tickets to the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) Chief Executive Ms Christine MS Fang. HKCSS will distribute the tickets to its members.
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Mr Hon Man Po, Chairman, Literary Arts Committee, Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Ms Christine MS Fang, Chief Executive, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Mr Benjamin Chau, Assistant Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Mrs Irene Yim, Chairman, Organising Committee of Children Paradise, Hong Kong Book Fair. Mr Yau Lop Poon, Editor-in-chief, Yazhou Zhoukan at the Hong Kong Book Fair press conference today (June 19).

The highly popular Hong Kong Book Fair is here again - bigger and more enticing than ever - with over 10,000 titles showcased by 430 exhibitors, a ten per cent more than last year.

The Fair opens on July 19th and will run to the 24th at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It's not just books that visitors will see at the Fair this year, but famous writers, and VIPs such as Hong Kong's Chief Executive Donald Tsang, who will share his reading experience with students.

The titles on display cover an exhaustively long list of subjects, including literature, history, philosophy, technology, business, travel, religion, daily life and children literature, available at 12 thematic pavilions.

In collaboration with a local Chinese cultural magazine - Yazhou Zhoukan, special tribute will be paid at the Fair to three renowned Hong Kong authors: swordsman fiction writer Louis Cha (Jin Rong金庸), science fiction author Ni Kuang (倪匡) and Hong Kong literature historian Professor Lo Wai Luen (Xiao Si 小思). These literary icons will be on hand to meet book fans.

Writers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland will attend a forum entitled: "In Search of Humanity in the 21st Century" , which is co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), Yazhou Zhoukan and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC) to discuss cultural matters related to their regions.

They include Liu Xin Wu (劉心武)、Yu Hua (余華)、Yan Lian Ke (閻連科)、Hong Ying(虹影)、Chu An Min (初安民)、Su Wei Zhen (蘇偉貞) and Xiao Si (小思) who will also hold their individual meet-the-readers sessions.

To better prepare students who will be taking part in these sessions, the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) is providing schools and students with materials on the writers' backgrounds and their works.

The Trade Development Council, a strong believer that books enrich lives, educate, as well as, entertain, is donating 30,000 admission tickets to the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) to distribute to its members.

To give bookworms more time to browse the booths for their favourite books, the Fair will this year stay open until 10:00 pm each day from July 19 to 21. It will be further extended on Saturday (July 22) to 2:00 am on Sunday (July 23) to serve weekend visitors. Local bus companies will arrange special routes to serve readers.

Visitors from outside Hong Kong can purchase half-price tickets on presentation of their travel documents/visas.

The attraction-packed fair will also feature an "International Cultural Village" at which books from 15 countries and regions will be available in their respective languages. New "villagers" this year will include New Zealand, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan and India. They will be showcasing their titles next to France, Spain, Eqypt, Singapore, Thailand, Poland, Belgium, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Other highlights include:

  • Recommended New Titles co-organised with the ADC
  • The 10 Best Titles in 20 Years co-organised with the Radio and Television Hong Kong (RTHK)
  • Theme days on French culture (July 23) and children reading (July 22)
  • A Book Fair Café at Expo Drive entrance of the HKCEC
  • Reading Write-up Competition for Students co-organised with ADC
  • Super Reader Pass to be given to winners of games co-organised with the Metro Radio in Hong Kong and Guangdong's electronic media. Pass holders may enter the fair any time without queuing.
  • Asian Publishing Conference and cultural seminar series co-organised with Hong Kong Publishing Federation. The conference will focus on how the Chinese publication market can be globalised. A series of cultural seminars will also be held at the Fair.

The Fair attracted near to 640,000 visitors last year.

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Reporters who wish to enquire seminars conducted by the writers may contact Vivien Chan of TDC's Corporate Communication at 2584 4395; for those who need more information about the fair, please contact Beatrice Lam at 2584 4049.

Official website: http://www.hkbookfair.com

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