Bigger book fair to mark 30 years of reading

Local | Daphne Li 26 Jun 2019

Science fiction and mystery will take center stage at the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Book Fair next month.

At least 680 exhibitors from 39 countries will join the event from July 17 to 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, marking a 1 percent increase from last year.

Benjamin Chau Kai-leung, deputy executive director at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, said science fiction and mystery genres have dominated and played an important role in local literature.

"The local authors have shown masterful use of words as they interweave cultural, historical and social issues into their inspiring stories," Chau said. "We hope these literary works will arouse people's curiosity and inspire them to enrich their lives by venturing into the unknown."

The organizer has invited overseas authors to attend seminars and share their experience with readers.

Some of the authors attending include Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, who wrote the bestselling children's book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, and Steven Erikson, whose epic fantasy series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

British fantasy and historical fiction writer Natasha Pulley, who wrote the international bestseller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, and British Fantasy Awards nominee Emma Newman will also speak to book-lovers at the event.

An art gallery dedicated to nine local science-fiction and mystery authors, including Ni Kuang, To Jim and Huang Yi, will feature their out-of-print works, manuscripts, photos, sketches and excerpts from movie adaptations.

More than 300 cultural events, such as art exhibitions, seminars and book parades, will be held across Hong Kong during the exhibition.

More than 140 exhibitors will join the annual fair. The area for the exhibition has increased by 30 percent over last year, Chau said.

Ticker holders of the book fair can also access the Sports and Leisure Expo, which will be held on the same dates.

Tickets for the exhibitions are available at all Hong Kong Ticketing venues and 7-Eleven stores, and at designated Circle K stores. Visitors can also purchase tickets online.

The entrance fee is HK$25 for adults. Primary school students and children under 1.22 meters tall will be charged HK$10.

Children under the age of three and citizens over 65 can enjoy free admission.

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