Launched in 2008 to encourage the publishing of original Chinese-language works, the TIBE Book Prize (台北國際書展大獎) has now entered its 8th year. The TIBE organizers hope to discover outstanding writers by offering substantial rewards while encouraging publishers to uphold their mission of passing along the nation’s cultural heritage by publishing more high-quality books.
Winners of the 2015 TIBE Book Prize, who hail from Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong, have collectively demonstrated the diverse and colorful style of Chinese-language publications across the Taiwan Strait. The awards ceremony will be held when the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) opens on Feb. 11, in which President Ma Ying-jeou will present a prize money of NT$100,000 and a trophy each to Liu Ka-shiang (劉克襄), Luo Yi-jun (駱以軍), Lin Hyun-ying (林俊穎), Ku Yu-ling (顧玉玲), Hong Kong’s Chen Hao-ji (陳浩基), and China-based writer-director Zhang Zan-bo (張贊波).
Both the nominated and winning works will be displayed at a special pavilion at the Taipei book fair. In addition, the Ministry of Culture will cooperate with various libraries to recommend books to readers either by purchasing the books to loan out, or by exhibiting the winning publications.
The organizers hope that the TIBE Book Prize will become an influential prize in Asia that promotes the wider reading of high quality Chinese-language works while affirming local publishing efforts in releasing original Chinese-language works.