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Reading Belgium

This year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition includes exhibitions highlighting Belgian comic art, music, architecture and poetry

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

Over the period of six days, more than 700 activities will take place at the book fair, drawing some 800 publishing houses and 500 participating authors from home and abroad, the organizers said.

Among the plethora of activities, Taiwan’s own pavilion highlights homegrown authors and cultural figures through an exhibition curated by National Museum of Taiwan Literature (台灣文學館), displaying over 30 artifacts and personal items donated to the museum in Tainan. Exhibits include a suitcase carried by Yao Yi-wei (姚一葦, 1922-1997), one of the recognized greats of the modern Chinese theater, when the playwright fled China to Taiwan in 1946, and writer San Mao’s (三毛, 1943-1991) collection of color-painted porcelain plates as tokens of love for her husband.

“The exhibition is an attempt to connect the objects to history, both personal and collective, and reflect the lives of their old owners, ” museum director Li Jui-teng (李瑞騰) said.

Fourteen other countries have their own pavilions, including Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Finland, Turkey and the US.

To further facilitate international exchanges, the foundation invited several publishers and copyright agents from six countries including France, Spain, New Zealand and the UK to take part in a couple of forums on copyright-related topics. The book fair also organizes matchmaking events for companies from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and the US that are interested in finding books to adapt into television programs or movies, Huang added.

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