Taipei book exhibit plans to have book signing ‘marathon’

Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, Jan 23, 2014 - Page 3

A book signing “marathon” will be held during the annual Taipei International Book Exhibition for the first time this year to give readers more opportunities to interact with their favorite authors.

The event is scheduled to have more than 40 writers from Taiwan and abroad signing books at the exhibition’s pavilion of book prize winners, which showcases award-winning books and books recommended by the media, from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9.

Among the participants are US author Hugh Howey, who penned the science fiction series WOOL, Japanese novelist and Naoki Prize winner Ira Ishida, who wrote the urban mystery series Ikebukuro West Gate Park, and Japanese writer Mizuki Tsujimura, whose short story collection Dreaming a Dream Without a Key also won the prestigious Naoki Prize.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale director Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖), who cowrote the screenplay for the upcoming baseball movie Kano, is also to meet with fans at the event, said the Taipei Book Fair Foundation, the organizer of the event.

Other prominent writers scheduled to attend the event include Spanish author Maria Duenas, author of the international bestseller The Time In Between, and French author Gilles Legardinier.

Japanese voice actors Nobunaga Shimazaki and Tsubasa Yonaga, who voiced the anime series Free! — Iwatobi Swim Club, are to attend a separate signing session on Feb. 9.

On Feb. 6, road running Web site founder Hu Chieh (胡杰) is to run into the exhibition venue with 50 other people to promote his new book on running.

Ultramarathon runner Tommy Chen (陳彥博) will also share his experiences on Feb. 9, the foundation said.

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