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Books: One for the books

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff Reporter

This year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition focuses on “green reading.”

Photo: Taipei Times

The 20th annual Taipei International Book Exhibition (台北國際書展) may help you to live a longer and healthier life — and perhaps even save the planet. The theme for this year’s event, which opened on Wednesday and runs through Monday at the Taipei World Trade Center (台北世界貿易中心), is “green reading.”

“This year’s theme reflects global trends in green living as well as the importance of environmental awareness,” said Huang Pao-ping (黃寶萍), director of the Taipei Book Fair Foundation, which organizes the annual exhibition.

Huang added that the exhibition showcases reading trends past, present and future. Highlights include several Ming Dynasty texts as well as a Torah scroll, and a whole array of digital publications. The exhibition’s green reading pavilion, as well as the digital publishing pavilion, can both be found in Hall 1.

Belgium activist Gunter Pauli, founder of the Zero Emissions Research and Initiative and author of The Blue Economy, will discuss sustainability issues in a speech tomorrow from 11:45am to 12:45pm at the Red Salon (紅沙龍), which is located in Hall 1.

Guest writers include Brandon Sanderson, the best-selling author of the Mistborn trilogy, who will hold a reading and book signing session today from 2:15pm to 3:15pm at the Red Salon. Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian crime writer whose novels have sold more than 8.5 million copies worldwide, will give a talk in the Red Salon tomorrow from 2:15pm to 3:15pm and 4:45pm to 5:45pm.

Hall 1 is divided into five sections — international publishers, Taiwan publishers, specialized publishers, digital publishers and government publishers — while Hall 2 is dedicated to foreign and domestic comic books, manga and anime as well as a whole host of activities such as cosplay competitions and puppet shows.

Exhibition Notes

What:2012 Taipei International Book Exhibition (2012 台北國際書展)

When: Until Monday. Open today and tomorrow from 10am to 10pm and Sunday and Monday from 10am to 6pm

Where: Taipei World Trade Center (台北世界貿易中心) exhibition Hall 1 (一館), 5, Xinyi Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市信義路五段5號), Hall 2 (二館), 3 Songlian Rd, Taipei City (台北市松廉路3號), and Hall 3 (三館), 6 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路6號)

Admission: NT$100 before 6pm, NT$50 after

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Rebecca Dautremer, an immensely talented illustrator of children’s books, will lead a workshop today from 11am to 12:30pm at the Activity Area (活動區), located in Hall 3, which is devoted to books for children.

The foundation says 730 publishing companies from 60 countries are participating in this year’s book fair, which ends Monday.

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