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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 20 February 2019

    22nd Taipei International Book Exhibition ended last Sunday. This year 327 Taiwanese and 408 foreign exhibitors took part in the event attended by over 580,000 visitors.

    In order to encourage the youngest generation to read more, visitors younger than 18 years old have been granted free entrance to the venue. This year for the first time organizers invited schools to participate in the program Spring Semester Starts at TIBE. Students and teachers from the schools that signed up for the program took part in the short classes on culture and literature conducted by the exhibitors at their booths. In total 216 groups consisting of 6287 students from elementary, junior high and senior high schools participated in the initiative. Polish Office in Taipei conducted lectures for 12 groups.

     

    Polish stand has been popular not only among the guests interested in the Polish culture and literature, but also among the ones who did not know much about Poland, but their attention was drawn by the rich selection of books presented in the booth.

     

    Among numerous promotional events at TIBE there were two devoted to some of the newest Polish books published in Taiwan – “Dancing Bears” by Witold Szablowski and “Little Chopin” by Michał Rusinek. The promotion of the latter one has been organized by the Polish Office in Taipei that invited Taiwanese musician and journalist Zoe Hwang to share with the guests her love for the composer and to tell them about his childhood in Warsaw. Ms. Hwang also commented on the fragments of the book read in Polish by Weronika Rewers – bilingual daughter of Yeh Chih-Chun who translated the book into traditional Chinese.

     

    This year Taipei Book Fair Foundation invited Polish journalist – Krzysztof Cieślik, selected by the Polish Book Institute to participate in TIBE. During his stay journalist interviewed translators and publishers of Polish literature. The interviews are going to serve as a source of valuable information for the article that Krzysztof Cieślik is going to write for one of the Polish newspapers and fragments of them have already been published on the website of the Polish Book Institute.

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