Duenas, Howey to be star attractions at book fair

VISITING SCRIBES::Other foreign authors set to appear in Taipei include Polish author and reporter Wojciech Gorecki, and Guatemalan-American writer David Unger

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Jan 01, 2014 - Page 3

Visitors to the Taipei International Book Exhibition, one of Asia’s largest books fairs, will get the opportunity to meet authors, illustrators and artists from around the world when the fair opens next month.

Among the authors due to appear at the fair are Maria Duenas, the Spanish author of the international bestseller The Time In Between, and American author Hugh Howey, who penned the popular science fiction series WOOL, according to the Taipei Book Fair Foundation, the organizer of the fair.

Duenas is due to give a speech at the fair on Feb. 8, while Howey is promoting Dust, the final book in his series and is to talk about his experiences as an independent publisher, the foundation said.

Duenas’ debut novel has been translated into more than 20 languages and has sold millions of copies, while Howey’s series has also sold millions of print and e-copies, the foundation said.

Also due to appear are Japanese author Mizuki Tsujimura and Japanese novelist Ira Ishida, who wrote the urban mystery series Ikebukuro West Gate Park, which was made into a popular Japanese TV drama.

Ishida is to greet readers and give a speech on Feb. 7. Both are winners of the prestigious Naoki Prize, a Japanese literary award.

Other foreign authors and artists set to appear include Guatemalan-American writer David Unger, Polish author and reporter Wojciech Gorecki and French illustrator Beatrice Vellion.

The annual exhibition takes place from Feb. 5 to Feb. 10 at the Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Halls 1 and 3.

This year’s theme countries are Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand. Publications and authors from the theme countries will be featured at the fair and forums are to be hosted to strengthen ties between Taiwan and other Asian countries, the foundation said.