The China Post news staff
The long-awaited 2012 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) will take place at the Taipei World Trade Center (WTC, 台北世貿) from Feb. 1 on, with the visits of major writers and manga artists attracting attention even before the annual event commences.
From Feb. 1 through 6, the 12th annual TIBE will occupy all three halls of the Taipei World Trade Center. Under the theme of “green reading” and featuring different formats of reading styles of the past, present, and future, the exhibition will be the perfect location for the public to relax and recharge, following the Chinese New Year break.
The main exhibition will be set up at the first exhibition hall. From day one, a series of speeches and signing by renowned writers will take place, including that of Brandon Sanderson, the creator of the fantasy work “Mistborn,” and also Japanese photographer Kawashima Kotori (川島小鳥), on Feb. 3. On day four — Feb. 4, contemporary Chinese-American writer Ha Jin (哈金) will hold a forum with famous Chinese novelist Zhang Ling (張翎) on “Chinese-American literature from the viewpoint of overseas Chinese” (從海外華人眼中看華美文學創作). On the same day, Edgar Award nominated Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, whose crime fictions had sold over 8.5 million copies and been translated into over forty languages, will be holding a book launch. At the manga-themed second exhibition hall, illustrator of classic Japanese manga “Candy Candy” (小甜甜) Igarashi Yumiko (五十嵐優美子) will be the star on Feb. 1, author of the popular Hong Kong kung fu novel “Sangre Y Arena” (武道狂之詩) Jozey (喬靖夫) will captivate crowds on Feb. 3, and voice actor Sugiyama Noriaki (杉山紀彰)-Uchiha Sasuke (宇智波佐助) of manga “Naruto” (火影忍者)-will hold a fan meeting on Feb. 4. On Feb. 5, author of one of 2011’s best-selling detective novels “Nazotoki Wa Dinner No Ato De” (literally “The Reasoning Happens After Dinner,” 推理要在晚餐後) Higashigawa Tokuya (東川篤哉) will reveal to readers his secret approaches behind creating a detective novel, while along with her juvenile literature writer husband Tai-Marc Le Thanh, French illustrator Rebecca Dautremer, creator of the picture book Les Princesses (被遺忘的公主), will hold a workshop on the same day. Professional forums on publications, children’s books, digital reading applications, and book designing will also be held throughout the six days of the 12th TIBE at the Taipei WTC, where those in the publications industry are welcome to participate.