About Book Fair/
Fair at a Glance

Reading the World • What on Earth is Love?

The 29th edition of the Hong Kong Book Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, will be held from 18 to 24 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year’s Book Fair attracts 680 exhibitors from 39 countries and regions. Under the theme of “Reading the World • What on Earth is Love?”, the Book Fair will host some 310 events. It is hoped that book lovers at large will ponder good romance literature. Through the emotional entanglements expressed in the authors’ words, they can appreciate the unique magic of romance literature and enjoy reading for pleasure.

 

Theme of the Year – Romance Literature

The Theme of the Year is “Romance Literature”. Chinese and foreign authors of all times have put their words of love into classic literature, touching the hearts of many readers throughout the years.
 

Art Gallery – Melding Chinese and Foreign Cultures

To tie in with the Theme of the Year, the “Love between the Lines” zone will be set up at the Art Gallery to introduce 10 Hong Kong authors, including Eileen Chang, Xu Su, Yi Shu, Yi Da, Eunice Lam, Zita Law, Lam Wing Sum, Sirena Cheng, Tin Hong and Middle. Romance literature in different periods reflects the transformation of Hong Kong over the years. Song Yilang, the copyright owner of Eileen Chang’s novels; Queen of Magic Romance Novels Zita Law; next-gen romance novelist Sirena Cheng; local best-selling author Tin Hong; and Middle, an author well-received by the next generation will attend the “Theme of the Year: Romance Literature” seminar series. They will have close communication with readers and uncover exceedingly sentimental stories hidden behind words.
 
Zita Law
Zita Law
Sirena Cheng
Sirena Cheng
Tin Hong
Tin Hong
Middle
Middle
Zita Law, Sirena Cheng, Tin Hong and Middle will speak at the Fair.
Photo Gallery of Silk Road”, organised in co-operation with National Geographic, will showcase pictures of the Silk Road taken by famous photographers, allowing readers to experience the culture and transformation of the Silk Road.
 
A special zone called “A Journey to Zhejiang”, jointly organised by the Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of Zhejiang Province, will present Zhejiang as the Home of Silk to readers. Exhibits will include Feng Zikai’s paintings, silk brocade replicas with Zhao Mengfu’s handwritten Moral Classic, plum and rock paintings and silk collectible books. Mai Jia, the first contemporary Chinese author whose work has been published by Penguin Classics in the UK, has also been invited to attend one of the sharing sessions. A mini stage will feature interesting performances such as Zhejiang’s Yue opera and engraved block printing.

Another special zone entitled “A Gem of Chinese Culture – Cantonese Opera”, organised in co-operation with The Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong, will showcase valuable Cantonese opera journals, promotional leaflets, tickets and costumes, etc, and introduce readers to Cantonese opera that combines Hong Kong’s living culture and arts with lots of local colours. Li Siu Leung and Cheng Kok Kong, together with renowned Cantonese opera stars such as Law Ka Ying, Danny Li and Wan Yuk Yu will also share their insights. A mini stage will feature Cantonese opera performances by The Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong and a group of children.

Internationally Renowned Authors Gather at Book Fair

This year’s Book Fair will feature eight seminar series including “Theme of the Year: Romance Literature”, Renowned Writers Seminar Series, English Reading and Creative Writing Series, Children and Youth Reading Series, World of Knowledge Seminar Series, Hong Kong Cultural and Historical Seminar Series, Personal Development and Spiritual Growth Seminar Series, and Lifestyle Seminar Series. These seminars will bring together renowned authors from Asia, including Lung Yingtai, Zhang Kangkang, Leo Ou-fan Lee, Li Yuying, Bei Dao, Mang Ke, Ma Ka Fai, Lo Yi-chin, Ji Mi, Li Changsheng, Dai Xiaohua, Hu Chingfang, Tsai Chih-heng, Ye Fu, A Yi, Yu Xiuhua, Duo Yu, Zhou Jieru, Li Xin and Lee Kan. English and foreign-language authors such as Balli Kaur Jaswal, M.A. Bennett, Chantal Thomas, Sharlene Teo, Janis Jonevs, Mark O’Neill, Denise Y. Ho, Nashua Gallagher, Diana Corondo and María José Pareja Lopez will also speak at the seminar series.
Lung Yingtai
Lung Yingtai
Zhang Kangkang
Zhang Kangkang
Leo Ou-fan Lee, Li Yuying
Leo Ou-fan Lee, Li Yuying
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Balli Kaur Jaswal
M.A. Bennett
M.A. Bennett
Chantal Thomas
Chantal Thomas

One Ticket Two Carnivals

The HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo will be staged concurrently with Book Fair under one roof. One ticket grants access to both events, providing a valuable opportunity for the public to achieve the age-old goal of “sound mind, sound body”.