10,000 people sought for ‘book-walk’
(Excerpted from the Focus Taiwan News Channel)
Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) The Taipei Book Fair Foundation has said that it is hoping to attract 10,000 people to “walk” their books at an event in Taipei Jan. 30 to promote an upcoming international book exhibition in the city.
Visitors to the Taipei International Book Exhibition, one of Asia’s largest book fairs, are encouraged to bring one of their books to the event and present it in a creative way, such as turning it into headwear or a handbag, said the foundation, which organizes the fair, on Tuesday.
The first 10,000 participants to sign up will receive free tickets to the exhibition, scheduled to run Jan. 30-Feb. 4, it said.
The event will be held at the Taipei 101 square.
The “book-walk” concept was inspired by Canadian author and artist Keri Smith’s book titled “Wreck This Journal,” which encourages readers to draw outside the line, the foundation said, expressing hope that the event will promote creativity and stimulate reader’s imaginations about their relationships with books.
Readers can also take pictures or make videos of their creativity and upload them onto the event’s Facebook page. The 10 participants to receive the most Facebook “likes” will each win a free buffet at a local hotel.
The foundation said it will also set up donation boxes at the exhibition so that the public can donate books for distribution among schoolchildren and citizens in remote areas.
The exhibition, now in its 21st year, will feature Belgium as its theme country this year, as well as hosting booths and pavilions featuring countries including France, Australia, Turkey, Mexico and Peru.
It will also include a variety of seminars and workshops on topics such as international publishing, digital reading and the development of digital content applications to improve exchanges in the global publishing sector.
This year’s fair has received over 800 registrations by publishers, and 500 writers from home and abroad are expected to attend. It attracted a record number of 600,000 visitors last year.
(By Christie Chen)