Co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Book Fair Foundation, the Taiwan Pavilion showcased the nation's emphasis on the values of openness, diversity, and freedom, at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair in October.
The two recommended Taiwan authors were Chi Ta-wei (紀大偉) ― an award-winning novelist, scholar, and translator who explores the topics of feminism, LGBTQ+, postmodernism, and fantasy ― and Lin Yu-li (林育立), who works as a foreign correspondent stationed in Berlin. Chi and Lin were integral in promoting Taiwan literature at the Frankfurt fair, as the talented authors were able to converse with readers in the English and German language, respectively.
The 166-square-meter Taiwan Pavilion was emblazed with a stylized image of Taiwan by prominent designer Lin Pang-soong (林磐聳) to highlight the nation's open and free characteristics. To promote a new section titled "Formosan Depictions" that highlighted books on Taiwan culture, the pavilion also offered Taiwanese tea and pineapple cakes during its opening reception on Oct. 10, in which the traditional snacks were met with great acclaim.
The pavilion showcased a total of 115 publishers as well as 934 print and digital publications this year through themed sections for recommended titles, digital publications, and best-selling authors. From book displays to author meets and international copyright negotiations, the Taiwan Pavilion was able to promote the best of the nation's publishing creativity and put forth a new perspective from Asia.