21 July 2010
Record Exhibitor Attendance at Hong Kong Book Fair
Unprecedented English-Language Author Presence Among Fair Highlights
21 July 2010 – The 21st edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, which opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), is the biggest in the fair’s history, establishing new milestones on several literary fronts.
A record 510 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions are taking part in the Book Fair, which continues through 27 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). This year’s fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), features more than 250 cultural events under the theme “Reading the World, Writing the Future.”
The fair’s English author participation this year is also unprecedented – in numbers, in international reputation and in the sheer variety of their involvement. Highlights include two public forums presented by three celebrated British authors: best-selling novelist Frederick Forsyth, author and actor Stephen Fry and historian Andrew Roberts. The forums, “How and What and Why do Writers Write?” will be moderated by Hong Kong businessman and author Sir David Tang. They will take place 23 July, 6pm-8pm, at HKCEC theatres 1&2, and 24 July, 10am-1pm, at the University of Hong Kong’s Loke Yew Hall.
On the occasion of Mr Forsyth’s Hong Kong visit, a limited number of pre-release copies of the author’s latest book, The Cobra, will be made available at the forums. The novel is scheduled for publication next month.
Other notable English-language authors appearing at the July Book Fair include: British poet and literary critic James Fenton and children’s author Anthony Horowitz, both invited by the British Council; New York-born, Hong Kong-raised novelist Andrew Xia Fukuda; 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. The four authors will each host a seminar at the Book Fair, with Chip Tsao and Peter Gordon to moderate select sessions.
Renowned Writers Series
Chinese-language authors from all over the world are taking part in the Book Fair’s Renowned Writers Seminar Series, organised with Yazhou Zhoukan magazine. They include best-selling Chinese mainland author Han Han, recently nominated for Time magazine’s “2010 Time 100 Poll." Also taking part are Germany’s Jade Y Chen, a best-selling novelist and playwright, Sisy Chen, a Taiwanese author, politician and TV commentator, Tu Weiming, Professor of Chinese History and the Philosophy of Confucian Studies at Harvard University, and Oliver Chou, author of the History of the China Central Philharmonic Orchestra (1956-1996) and an expert on contemporary Chinese music history.
Beyond authors, highlights include the International Cultural Village, showcasing books from 13 countries, and English Avenue. With about 50 per cent more space than last year, English Avenue features the largest display of English books in the fair’s history. The Children’s Paradise pavilion, also the fair’s biggest, will include celebrity storytelling sessions.
The Digital Word
The fair’s Asian Publishing Conference examines the impact of digital publishing on the industry, with speakers from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. And eBooks and Digital Publishing, a new addition, is among the fair’s 15 pavilions, alongside Teens’ World, the Multimedia Zone and Children’s Paradise.
"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 reinforces the growing importance of the fair as a premier cultural and literary event."
Fair Website: www.hkbookfair.com/en
21 July (Wednesday) 9am-10pm
22 July (Thursday) 10am-10pm
23-24 July (Friday-Saturday) 10am-midnight
25-26 July (Sunday-Monday) 10am-10pm
27 July (Tuesday) 10am-5pm
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Tel: (852) 2584 4216
About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com.