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Book Fair to appeal to martial arts lovers


Book Fair to appeal to martial arts lovers
People browse through a variety of books on display at Hong Kong's annual book fair on July 15, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / Aaron Tam)

HONG KONG — Bookworms and martial arts literature lovers in the city can enjoy their favorite event of the year when the 27th Hong Kong Book Fair commences on July 20 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

This year's theme is Chinese martial arts literature.

The fair will have works by eight Hong Kong martial arts novelists including Jin Yong, Gu Long, Woon Swee Oan and Zheng Feng displayed at the Art Gallery of HKCEC. Relevant manuscripts, comic clippings and adapted screenplays will also be exhibited.

More than 600 exhibitors from over 30 countries and regions will take part in this year’s fair. Celebrated authors from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, France, India, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom will join a number of cultural events.

The book fair, one of the biggest in the region and also one of most popular events in the city, has attracted thousands of visitors outside Hong Kong as well.

The fair features seminars by renowned writers. Ye Yonglie, Cao Wenxuan, Lung Ying-tai and Jan Hung-tze are on the list. International authors Hannah Rothschild, Simon Winchester and Wilbur Smith will join the open public forum.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of iconic writers including Tang Xianzu, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and William Shakespeare. A number of talks will be held at the fair to commemorate their literature.

An important highlight will be A Journey to the Silk Road: Shaanxi and India. This will feature ancient artifacts including Western Zhou Dynasty bronze works, Qin bricks and Han tiles from Xi’an in China; and paintings and other works from India.

Benjamin Chau Kai-leung, deputy executive director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, organizer of the fair, said he hoped visitors could experience diverse cultures not only from modern, but from ancient times.

The fair will continue until July 26.

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