Travel writers take readers on distant journeys at book fair

Local | 26 Jun 2017 8:24 pm

Travel literature will help Hong Kong's book lovers go on a different kind of journey at next month's popular book fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

About 670 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions are expected at the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair from July 19 to 25.

In keeping with the travel theme, the book fair art gallery outside the 3/F convention hall, will host an exhibition "Around the World Through Words.” It will feature a number of Hong Kong travel writers.

Eight seminars will be held involving writers in various genres. Speakers will include the Chinese mainland writers Ye Xin, Hang Shaogong, Fang Fang, Zhou Meisen, Liu Xiaoqing, Wang Chaoge, Xu Zhiyuan, Lu Nei, Zhou Bing, Xiao Han and Hao Jingfang. Also taking part are writers from Taiwan, including Chu Tien-hsin, Tang Nuo, Liu Ka-shiang and Yang Ze, and from Hong Kong, Leung Man-tao and Craig Au-Yeung Ying Chai. 

The English Reading and Creative Writing Seminar Series, supported by the British Council, will feature three renowned UK authors, including crime fiction writer Sophie Hannah and travel writers Sara Wheeler and Tim Moore.

The World of Knowledge Seminar Series, supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, will feature three French writers including illustrator Cédric Fernandez, film critic Arnaud Lanuque who studies Hong Kong films and Afro-French novelist Alain Mabanckou. The Consulate General of Spain in Hong Kong is also contributing to the international line-up, by arranging for Peter Gordon and Juan José Morales to introduce their new book on the China-Mexico route Ruta Via de la Plata which dates back to the 16th to 19th centuries. Development and Spiritual Growth Seminar Series, in which travel expert James Hong, Hong Kong swimmer Stephanie Au and the physiotherapist Elton Ng who conquered Mount Everest will share tales of inspiration. Adult tickets are priced at HK$25, while children pay HK$10. Tickets are available at Hong Kong Ticketing and designated 7-11 and Circle K stores.

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