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Taipei International Book Exhibition to kick off Feb. 12

2019/02/09 13:54:42

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Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) The 2019 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) will be held Feb. 12-17 at the Taipei World Trade Center, featuring the theme of "Time for Reading."

Germany, the guest of honor this year, hopes to draw attention by showcasing more than 400 publications and a wide-ranging cultural program, as well as socio-political and book trade themes.

According to the organizer, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF), the German stand draws on elements of the Bauhaus, marking the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus in 2019, a legendary German design school operational from 1919 to 1933.

Visitors will have the chance to slip into costumes from Oskar Schlemmer's "Triadisches Ballett" for selfies, said TBFF.

Schlemmer, a renowned painter, sculptor and choreographer, is said to have influenced artists including David Bowie and New Order.

Together with Taiwanese authors, 13 German writers will present their works at the fair, including one of Germany's most successful authors, Ferdinand von Schirach, who has sold millions of copies of his novels drawn from his experiences as a criminal lawyer.

Other writers will also be in attendance, including the Australian author of the award-winning work "The Book Thief" and Markus Zusak and Ichiro Kishimi, the co-writers of the popular self-help guide "The Courage to be Disliked."

In addition, the works of illustrators who represented Taiwan at last year's Bologna Children's Book Fair will also be exhibited in the Children's pavilion.

(By Wei Ling-yun and Chung Yu-chen)