TAIPEI (The China Post) – The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE 2019) will feature “German Stories”– an event co-curated by Frankfurt Book Fair and Goethe-Institute Taipei (台北歌德學院) and supported by Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Germany.
As the theme country, Germany hopes to draw attention to the German culture and the latest trends in the industry with more than 400 publications and dynamic exhibits on display.
The event will be held at Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 and Hall 3 from Feb. 12 to Feb. 17, featuring 13 best-selling German authors including Ferdinand von Schirach, Sebastian Fitzek, and Axel Scheffler to share some stories about their books. Eight German authors in attendance have already published their works in Taiwan.
Germans are famous for their love for reading. According to statistics, 70% of German express their liking for books and one-third of the population reads every day. This observation is consistent with the theme of this year’s exhibition – “Time for Reading!”– which aims to encourage the public to cultivate a better habit of reading in life no matter when you are, at a coffee shop, library, on campus, or just waiting for a bus.
Twenty international writers are also invited to the event, including Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, Steven Callahan, author of “Adrift,” and Ichiro Kishimi, author of “The Courage to be Disliked.”
Held by the Ministry of Culture and Taipei Book Fair Foundation, The Taipei International Book Exhibition 2019 German Pavilion hints at the design of German Art School Bauhaus which marks its 100th anniversary. Exhibits such as antique typewriter, Hermann Heine’s poems, and Bauhaus theatre and costume are all part of the elements.
Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 and Hall 3
【Hall 1】：Feb. 12 (Tue) open for public from 15:00
Feb. 13 (Wed) – Feb. 17 (Sun) Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
【Hall 3】：Open for from Feb. 12 to Feb.17 from 10 am to 8 pm
By Nora Chang