Now in its 21st year, the Hong Kong Book Fair has come of age.
Every year the crowds seem to get bigger and bigger, and this year's fair could very well break the one million mark for the very first time.
Not bad for a city of 7 million. Last year's fair drew 900,000. The fair opens tomorrow for a seven day run at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai on Hong Kong Island.
There will be hundreds of exhibitors from around the world, which will be grouped into 15 themed zones. Publishers from both Mainland China and Taiwan will both be well represented.
There will be an English Avenue to promote interest in reading books in English. International Culture Village will display books from such diverse countries as Brazil, Pakistan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.
Other featured zones will include digital publishing, multimedia, Children's Paradise, University Square, Religious and Spirtuality, and Teens' World. There will even be a section for stationery and printed products.
Many Events and Activities Planned
Author of The Liar, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Stars’ Tennis Balls, a modern version of The Count of Monte Cristo, as well as The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within Moab is My Washpot, an autobiography, Stephen Fry will address how humour should transcend language.
Author of The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Veteran, The Afghan, and The Cobra, Frederick Forsyth will talk about how modern spies have been influenced by ancient China.
An author of many critically acclaimed books on the Second World War, Andrew Roberts will discuss how he approaches writing and research.
The first Hong Kong Book Fair was held in 1990. Attendance that year was 200,000 and there were 149 exhibitors. There were 504 exhibitors at last year's event.
A full schedule of seminars, children's events, and other activities are planned. A highlight will be two forums hosted by Sir David Tang, founder of Shanghai Tang and the China Club.
When 21 July 9 am to 10pm 22 July 10 am to 10 pm 23 and 24 July 10 am-12 midnight 25 and 26 July 10 am 10 pm 27 July 10 am-5 pm
Copyright: Michael Taylor