|Taipei International Book Exhibitions with Norwegian authors 2011: Jostein Gaarder. 2012: Jo Nesbø|
| [03.02.2012, 08:10pm, Fri. GMT]|
|As Jostein Gaarder was last year, Jo Nesbø is the great attraction at TIBE 2012, this year's book fair in Taipei. It is held from February 1 to February 6 at the halls 1, 2, and 3 in the Taipei World Trade Center. Hosted by the Government Information Office, organized by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation, co-organized by Taipei City Government and Taiwan External Trade Development Council, and sponsored by the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, the TIBE is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.At the first major book fair in the Year of the Dragon, the TIBE gathers approximately 700 publishers from more than 60 countries around the world in Asia's most exciting publishing industry event, bringing the 3 features of "international exchange", "publishing professionalism", and "reading as living" into full play. There are millions of books in more than 2000 booths. Several publishers from China attended the exhibition but without their own booth. They joined the HongKong and Macao pavilions or came as visitors. |
Gong Yan from ChongQing Publishing Group in Beijing was seeking new design and technical partnerships from Taiwan. She was impressed by the young Taipei company Mididia that produces MENCA (Multimedia Entertainment Card) card sand players. Vise president Chishan Mou of Mididia Corporation said they have within one year sold more than 200 thousand audiobook cards to their Norwegian partner Kibano. The small and portable audiobook player is smaller and much thinner than a single cigarette box. By now it is focused on "listening". The MENCA cards can store audio, text and video files up to 32 gigabytes with encrypted contents for added security, but is still under evolution.
- This will be the new generation video players in people's homes, said Mr. Mou. - In the future you will only see this small box connected to the TV.
Last year Norway together with Denmark, Sweden and Finland were as the "Scandinavian Four" invited as guest of honor to promote Norway for free, but Norway said no. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Labor Party does not allow Innovation Norway to promote Norway in Taiwan.
At the first TIBE in 1987, only 12 countries participated. But TIBE has grown into Taiwan's most important publication event of the year, not only creating buzz and popularity but also bringing about plenty of opportunities for cultural exchange. The TIBE has become a meeting of minds for readers, authors, and publishers al like.
To meet the book lover's anticipation of the annual cultural festival, one of the five main features to feast the readers is "Trendsetting Green Reading Exhibition Featuring Great Diversity". Interior furniture is made by the Finnish company D-board. D-Board is versatile carton board that can be used for prints, surfaces and constructions in public and private interiors. It contains recycled carton and is itself 100% recyclable.
Outside the Taipei World Trade Center the 508 meter tall skyscraper Taipei 101 is decorated with a green tree.
Jo Nesbø arrived late Friday night from Bangkok together with some friends. Four of his Harry Hole thrillers are released in Taiwan in traditional Chinese edition; Marekors (The Devil's Star), Sorgenfri (Nemesis), Rødstrupe (The Redbreast) and Snømannen (The Snowman).
On Saturday afternoon 2:15 p.m. on February 4th at the Theme Square at TIBE Hall 1 Jo Nesbø will have a book launch of his bestselling novel The Snowman. At 4:45 p.m. he will conversant with Frank Thilliez about Crossing the Borders and Crime Writing.
On Sunday February 5th, Jo Nesbø will meet the readers and sign books at Eslite Xin-Yi store. There will be an interview, reading and Q&A session.
For the Taiwanese readers Jo Nesbø is on Facebook in Chinese http://www.facebook.com/jonesboCH.
This may not be read in China as the government in Beijing has blocked Facebook.
On Monday Jo Nesbø and his friends will take a private climbing tour to Yilan on the north east coast of Taiwan. Maybe he can get inspiration for his next triller from Taiwan.
Geir Yeh Fotland – Taiwan National Correspondent NORWAY NEWS.com