Thu, Feb 21, 2002 - Page 11 News List

Giving away a little love for Taiwan

Dan Bloom's simple book about how he came to love Taiwan has touched thousands. That he often sells the book at a loss only adds to the sentiment

By Max Woodworth  /  STAFF REPORTER

"It's a novelty and interest will probably fade, but its fun, so whatever. It's certainly not a money maker," he said. Actually store sales have been miserable and his NT$100 price at the night market is NT$14 less then his cost to buy the books at the author's discount from the publisher. So far he's sold about 5,000 copies.

Now Bloom is looking to expand the book into a series. He's not quite certain what the next topic will be, but it will surely be about something quintessentially Taiwanese, like night markets, which he knows a lot about. It will no doubt also be full of ebullient praise to soothe delicate spirits.

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