The Taiwan Pavilion at Germany's Frankfurt Book Fair will feature a Taiwan salon this year to introduce local writers and culture to international readers.
Award-winning illustrator Chen Chih-yuan (陳致元), nature writer Wu Ming-yi (吳明益) and playwright Chi Wei-jan (紀蔚然), one of the recipients of Taiwan's National Award for Arts this year, will attend events at the salon to interact with readers.
International publishing professionals will also be invited to discuss copyright trading with Taiwanese publishers at the salon, and activities such as Chinese calligraphy writing and tea drinking will be used to introduce Taiwanese culture and arts to foreign readers.
Illustrator Chen said the trip to Germany will be an opportunity for cultural exchanges, as children from different countries often become curious about Taiwan after reading his picture books because they use images of Taiwan.
The 280-square-meter Taiwan Pavilion featuring over 1,100 print and digital publications will be open to the public at the 65th Frankfurt Book Fair, which will run from Oct. 9 to 13 this year.
Apart from Germany, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and the Ministry of Culture have also assisted Taiwanese publishers in attending international book fairs at oversea locations such asItaly, Mexico, Hong Kong and Malaysia.