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2017.07.25 Hong Kong International Book fair 2017
The 28th Hong Kong Book Fair is to be held between July 19 and 25, 2017, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is the biggest book fair in Hong Kong, and in 2016 saw a record of close to 1,020,000 visitors. The exhibitors include government and public bodies which actively promote tourism and cultural exchange. The number of exhibitors is increasing, and several Japanese local governments have also taken part in this event. In 2017, more than 650 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions are expected to take part. More than 300 cultural events will be held during the week of the fair.

This year, under the theme of ‘Reading the World - People, Places, Passions’, the organizer plans to hold various exhibitions on ‘Travel’. The official website explains that the theme is based on the notion that both reading and traveling can broaden our horizons. ‘Even though only a few of us can visit places like polar regions, dangerous mountains, or war zones, we can still expand our visions by reading the words of travel writers and getting to know their experiences.’

In the exhibition titled ‘Around the World through Words’, nine travel writers from Hong Kong will be introduced to the visitors. One of them is the late Leung Ping-Kwan (Ye Si) who was a poet, novelist, essayist, translator and scholar. His poetry and prose have been translated into Japanese as well as English and several other languages.

Events with themes other than travel include the ‘Renowned Writer Seminar Series’. Writers from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong are invited. One of these writers is Ye Xin from Shanghai. Ye Xin wrote ‘Nie Zhai’ (meaning Sinful Debt, 2016 English edition titled ‘Educated Youth’), which is about the educated youths who were sent to remote regions in China during the Cultural Revolution, as well as their children who were left behind when they later moved back to the cities from which they came. The novel was made into an acclaimed TV drama series in 1994. 

For more information please refer to the following websites:
 
http://hkbookfair.hktdc.com/en/index.html

http://hkbookfair.hktdc.com/en/Press/Press-Releases/2017jun26.html

https://www.jetro.go.jp/j-messe/tradefair/HongKong_54193