The Taipei Literature Festival opens today with a diverse schedule of events, including lectures on literature, film screenings and an exhibition on the life of Taiwanese writers, the organizers said.
The annual festival, whose theme this year is “Cross Over to Reading,” has invited writers from Taiwan and abroad to speak on topics ranging from poetry, painting and design to travel and adventure, according to Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, one of the organizers.
Japanese writer Yuko Tsushima will be the main guest at the festival.
A winner of several literary prizes in Japan, Tsushima has a close relationship with Taiwan.
Her novel Much Too Brutal is based on the Wushe Incident, an Aboriginal resistance effort against Japanese colonial rule in the 1930s.
Tsushima will attend three events from today to Sunday to share her views on literature, the organizers said.
Fifteen films adapted from literary works will be showcased during the festival and an exhibition of documents, pictures, stationery and other items will shed light on the life of writers in Taipei.
Liu Wei-gong (劉維公), commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs, called on the public to take part in the festival to raise interest in reading.
He said Taipei’s goal is to be different, and “it has been different because of its literati.”
The festival, which will run until June 15, will be held at bookstores and art venues around the city.