Crowds thronging the pavilion, strong turnouts for author events, publishers tied up in meeting after meeting: the Taipei International Book Exhibition is proving a busy experience for the New Zealand contingent.
The large Guest of Honour pavilion has been standing room for a number of cultural performances, with hundreds showing up for performances by Ngā Kete Tuku Iho’s performance group and its wood carvers also drawing many onlookers.
The author programme at the pavilion have been well attended by a broad cross-section of Taiwanese readers and students, with local hosts and translators conveying New Zealand books and writing to the audiences. Sessions on Friday began in the morning and carried on well into the evening. Words and Pictures session with (l-r) Sarah Wilkins, Mark Sommerset, Jenny Bornholdt, Gavin Bishop and moderator, Taiwanese children’s author Candy Yen.
Exhibitors on the stand are reporting good interest from their Taiwanese and other regional counterparts, with both education and trade publishers sourcing some encouraging prospects for rights and direct distribution.
TIBE continues into its busiest period over this weekend, and visitor numbers look to be up over previous years – helped by some unseasonably fine winter weather and, we hope, by the Kiwi drawcard.