Book fair brings realism disguised as fantasy

Local | 25 Jun 2019 7:33 pm

American author Joanna Russ once noted, how she began to write “realism disguised as fantasy,'' which she said “is, science fiction.”

Titles belonging to the genre, as well as mystery creations will feature in the popular annual Hong Kong Book Fair, being held for the 30th time, the organizer the Hong Kong Trade Development Council announced.

The event, which largely caters to Chinese readers, will be held from July 17 to 23 July, Wednesday to Tuesday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

There are only a few English titles at the fair, every year and some are repeat exhbitiors displaying titles from previous years.

The TDC says more than 680 exhibitors from 39 countries and territories are expected to gather. Cultural events including thematic exhibitions at the art gallery, seminars hosted by acclaimed writers, and new book parades are a part of the event.

The Art Gallery at the Hall 3 and Hall 5 concourse will feature a thematic exhibition entitled “A Literary Journey Across Boundless Dimensions.'' It will spotlight Hong Kong sci-fi and mystery authors, including Lee Man-kin (To Jim), Ni Kuang, Huang Yi, Eddy Lee, Leung For-hing, Albert Tam, Joe Tsui, Chan Ho-kei and Lai Ho.

The HKTDC will organize a series of seminars and invite some of the leading local science fiction and mystery authors to share their creative experiences and ideas with fans.

Tickets are now available and can also be bought during the fair at the onsite ticket office. The tickets are also valid for same-day admission to the concurrent HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo, which will be held on the fifth floor of the HKCEC.

To mark the 30th aniversary of the Hong Kong Book Fair, the Art Gallery will set up a zone named 30 Years of Literary Delights to exhibit treasured photos from the archives, memorabilia from the art gallery, and stamps and souvenir covers related to the fair.

Highlights include the limited-edition bookmarks created for Hong Kong author Xi Xia's The Teddy Bear Chronicles and Chronicles of Apes and Monkeys, and photos of Louis Cha, one of the giants of martial arts literature, visiting the fair.

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