Taiwan comic books, nature writing at hand at Frankfurt Book Fair

Shieg Jhyway, second right, Syaman Rapongan, right, Liao Hongji, and the vice president for business development, join a group photo on Oct. 16. (Courtesy of Taipei Book Fair Foundation)
Shieg Jhyway, second right, Syaman Rapongan, right, Liao Hongji, and the vice president for business development, join a group photo on Oct. 16. (Courtesy of Taipei Book Fair Foundation)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair, also known as Frankfurter Buchmesse, kicked off on Oct. 16, featuring the best of Taiwan’s comic books and nature writing — nonfiction or fiction prose or poetry about the natural environment.

Taiwan Pavilion was themed “Taiwan: Island of Amazing Stories.”(Taipei Book Fair Foundation)
Taiwan Pavilion was themed “Taiwan: Island of Amazing Stories.”(Taipei Book Fair Foundation)

Speaking at the opening of “Taiwan: Island of Amazing Stories” on Oct. 16, Syaman Rapongan, an indigenous writer, and Liao Hongji shared their insight on Taiwan maritime literature.

Syaman Rapongan shared his thoughts on maritime literature. (Taipei Book Fair Foundation)
Syaman Rapongan shared his thoughts on maritime literature. (Taipei Book Fair Foundation)

A total of 117 publishers are showcasing 832 printed and digital publications at this year’s Taiwan Pavilion. 

Taiwanese writer Liao Hongji gave a talk about his book “Floating Island.”(Taipei Book Fair Foundation)
Taiwanese writer Liao Hongji gave a talk about his book “Floating Island.”(Taipei Book Fair Foundation)

As one of the largest trade fair for books, Frankfurt Book Fair features a total of 7,450 exhibitors from 104 countries this year, according to the event website. 

Taiwan Pavilion will hold book sessions, and invite comic book writers to show their drawing skills on Oct. 18. 

Taiwan’s representative to Germany, Shieg Jhyway, emphasized Taiwan’s “freedom of publication,” during the grand opening, expressing hopes that the book fair would be a platform to build a connection to the world.