16 July 2013
Record Number of Exhibitors Expected for July Book Fair
Show’s 24th Edition to Feature More Than 400 Cultural Events
The annual fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will feature more than 400 cultural events under the theme “Reading the World – Reading for a Better World.” Seven seminar series will also take place, including new spotlights on Hong Kong culture and history and travel and culture, the latter sponsored by Harbour City.
Wild and Flying
A number of high-profile international authors will participate in the fair, including American writer Erica Jong and British writers Jung Chang and William Shawcross. Ms Jong is the author of more than 20 books, including Fear of Flying, which has sold 27 million copies. Dr Chang is best known for Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China; her books have been translated into more than 40 languages. The books of Mr Shawcross include the Queen Mother, the official biography of Queen Elizabeth. The three will address the Open Public Forum, 19 July, moderated by Sir David Tang.
Granta Award Winners
British novelists Joanna Kavenna and Louis de Bernières are also featured speakers. In April, Ms Kavenna, the author of three novels, was named one of the 20 “Best of Young British Novelists” by UK literary magazine Granta. Mr de Bernières, celebrated for his novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, was named to Granta’s once-a-decade list of young British novelists in 1993.
Other overseas authors taking part include Durjoy Datta and John Burdett, as well as Hong Kong-based English authors Mark O’Neill and Nury Vittachi. Ira Chaplain, Nicole Chabot and Jason Ng will host a forum, 18 July, on Hong Kong culture.
The Renowned Writers Seminar Series, organised by the HKTDC, Ming Pao and Yazhou Zhoukan, will feature 14 writers from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States. They include mainland writer Wang Anyi, author of The Everlasting Regret, Taiwanese poet and painter Xi Murong, and Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-Wai, who will host a seminar on film, literature and martial arts with Taiwanese author Zhang Dachun.
Art Gallery highlights will include “Pure Land: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang,” an animated, 3D exhibition featuring a 360-degree panoramic projection theatre. Using virtual reality technology, the exhibition will offer a close-up look at Buddhist wall paintings spanning 1,000 years in the Mogao Caves, a World Heritage site in northwest China. The exhibition is presented by the Book Fair in partnership with City University of Hong Kong’s Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization Embodiment, the Dunhuang Academy China and the Friends of Dunhuang (HK), and sponsored by Sun Hung Kai Properties.
Nearly 4,000 reservations have already been confirmed via online registration. Some tickets, however, are still available for walk-in visitors on a first-come-first-serve basis. Following the fair, City University will continue the 3D public exhibition until 28 July. Free tickets will be available from 10:30am on 17 July, at City University’s Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre. For more information, please visit http://cmc.scm.cityu.edu.hk.
In the Art Gallery, Wisely’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition will feature manuscripts, book covers and other memorabilia of Hong Kong writer Ni Kuang, author of the enduring science fiction series “Wisely.” Authors Ray Lau and Luo Luo will lead a seminar on Wisely.
An exhibition highlighting the achievements of the Book Fair’s “Author of the Year,” Chan Koon Chung, will also be on display at the Art Gallery.
The fair will present a number of zones, including its largest English Avenue to date, Teens’ World and e-Books and e-Learning Resources, where the Hong Kong Publishing Federation will launch SuperBookcity.com, allowing readers to search and purchase books and e-books. E-book vending machines will also be showcased for the first time. The HKTDC and 3HK will offer free downloading of more than 160 e-books.
“Storytelling by Celebrities” sessions will be among the highlights of the fair’s biggest Children’s Paradise to date. The International Cultural Village will present the publications of more than 20 countries, including Greece, Portugal and Turkey, with experts demonstrating Turkish calligraphy and ebru marbling. Books from such ASEAN countries as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam will also be available. The Copyright Exchange Lounge will bring trade buyers together with exhibitors selling copyrights.
Cultural July is taking place alongside the Book Fair. More than 17,000 people have participated in nearly 100 cultural events since 25 June. The month-long festival features seminars, author sessions, cultural tours and other activities in venues throughout Hong Kong.
17-18 July (Wednesday-Thursday) 10am-10pm
19-20 July (Friday-Saturday) 10am-midnight
21-22 July (Sunday-Monday) 10am-10pm
23 July (Tuesday) 9am-5pm
Admission (open to the public; by ticket only)
Adults: HK$25 (includes admission to “Art Gallery”)
Children: HK$10 (for children under 1.22m tall/primary school students)
Morning admission (before noon): HK$10 (tickets for sale at fairground only)
Free admission for children under three and adults over 65
Note: no admission to the fair 45 minutes before the announced daily close time
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:
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.