Outstanding writers to attend Taipei book fair
By Vivian Chen, The China Post
January 13, 2010, 9:40 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF) rewarded yesterday outstanding writers from Taiwan and mainland China for their contribution to Chinese literarature in 2009.
TBFF selected six fiction and non-fiction works from acclaimed authors, such as Ye-Fu (野夫), Chen Shu-yao (陳淑瑤), Gan Yao-ming (甘耀明), Wang Ding-jun (王鼎鈞), who will also be featured in this year's Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) to be held at the Taipei World Trade Center between Jan. 27 and Feb. 1.
Held for the third consecutive year, Linden T.C. Lin, chairman, TBFF, pointed out that the awards are significant in seeking to reach out to all ethnic-Chinese writers living outside the island.
This year in particular, the award has succeeded in fulfilling its goal of reaching out to writers from mainland China, he added.
Ye-Fu, a successful author based in Hubei, China, won the award for his non-fiction book "Under the River" that gives an insightful view of the Tiananmen Incident — the book has been banned from bookshelves across the Taiwan Strait.
According to Lin, the award ceremony further highlights the vitality and diversity of the island's publishing companies, which won most of the winning books.
Also, TBFF announced that several world-known writers, including Sherwin Nuland and Ha Jin of the United States as well as French writer Muriel Barbery, are expected to attend the 2010 TIBE to be held at the Taipei World Trade Center between Jan. 27 and Feb. 1.
U.S. National Book Award winner Nuland will present the Chinese version of one of his best selling books "The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside;" Nuland will arrive in Taipei on Jan. 26.
Another important guest at this year's TIBE will be Chinese-American writer Ha Jin, a National Book Award winner, who will arrive in Taipei on Jan. 25.
Hu writes in English and many of his books have been translated into Chinese. At the book exhibition, he will introduce "A Good Fall," his first book written in English and translated by him into Chinese.