Local art presented at fair
The Taiwan pavilion at Germany’s Frankfurt Book Fair — the largest book fair in the world — will feature a salon this year to introduce Taiwanese literature and culture to international readers. Taiwanese writers, such as contemporary playwright Chi Wei-jan (紀蔚然), will attend events at the salon to interact with visitors, Taipei Book Fair Foundation officials said on Monday. International publishing professionals will also be invited to discuss copyright trading with Taiwanese publishers at the salon. In addition, activities such as Chinese calligraphy and tea drinking will be used to introduce Taiwanese culture and arts to fair visitors. The 280m2 Taiwan pavilion will feature more than 1,100 print and digital publications from 83 Taiwanese publishers. The Frankfurt Book Fair, now in its 65th year, will run from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 and feature Brazil as its guest of honor.
Changhua given free bus
Elderly and disabled residents of Changhua County can look forward to more ways to get around after Changhua County Commissioner Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源) on Tuesday accepted a “rehabilitation bus,” which was donated by the Enterprise Women’s Association. The NT$1.7 million (US$57,650) taxi bus is the 36th to enter the county’s fleet, which numbered just six when the service was introduced more than 10 years ago, Cho said. Changhua plans to add another 10 of the buses to its on-call taxi service for elderly and immobile passengers who may have difficulties hailing and riding in a regular cab. Rehabilitation buses are available on request at night and on weekends and charge only one-third of regular taxi fees, while passengers belonging to low-income families can get a discount or a free ride.