2021 German Stories Book Exhibition Opening Ceremony Held
National Central Library, the Goethe-Institut Taipei, and Frankfurt Book Fair collaborated to put on a select book exhibition on German books called “German Stories.” It opened on March 9, 2021, at the National Central Library. The opening ceremony was co-hosted by Director-General Shu-Hsien Tseng of the National Central Library and Ms. Hui-Mai Wang of Goethe-Institut Taipei. Many dignitaries were in attendance to wish the exhibition success amidst a warm and lively atmosphere.
Features and Content of the Exhibition
The in-person exhibition of 2021 TIBE was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, making this book exhibition even more meaningful. The content of the books on exhibition includes the coronavirus pandemic, lifestyles series, Germany’s most beautiful books award series, a selection of children’s books, English translation series of German books, and major award-winning German books series. Taiwan readers can use this opportunity to view a vast variety of German books and increase their understanding of foreign culture.
Multifaceted interaction in the opening ceremony adds to book exhibition’s richness
Director-General Shu-Hsien Tseng stated in her remarks that she was pleased the public could have a chance to understand foreign cultures on a deeper level through this book exhibition. The first Taipei International Book Exhibition was put on by the National Central Library many years ago. Each year, NCL carefully designs a booth for TIBE and strives to increase public reading habits in Taiwan, as well as highlight the value of library holdings and transmit the meaning in these books. Through the cooperation, NCL would like to introduce German publications to the readers in Taiwan, and make them have better knowledge about Germany via writing, publication, and design, etc. Ms. Hui-Mai Wang spoke and thanked National Central Library for providing such an amazing exhibition space and creating a mutually beneficial collaborative model. Director of Taipei Book Fair Foundation, Ms. Hsiu-Yin Wang, also expressed her gratitude for the support of National Central Library in the past years, and was pleased to see the physical book fair. Also invited to the opening ceremony was Professor Shoou-Huey Chang from Wenzao Ursuline University. She spoke briefly on “German influence swirling again: On the development and current status of German literature in Taiwan.” Her talk brought both substance and depth to the exhibition opening.
This book exhibition will be on display at National Central Library’s Reading Room on the second floor until April 11. Those interested are invited to come and experience the different culture in Germany.
A series of events expands the content of the book exhibition
In conjunction with the book exhibition, a series of events have also been planned, including 1) March 13 (Sat.) – Fritz Bauer: oder Auschwitz vor Gericht: Honestly Face Yourself; 2) March 20 (Sat.) – “Under the Threat of the Pandemic” Stop Motion Workshop; 3) March 27 (Sat.) – Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Let the World Read Swiss Literature; 4) April 9 (Fri.) – A Conversation between German and Taiwan Writer. These events are especially arranged by the Goethe-Institut Taipei and the Frankfurt Book Fair to discuss the literary history of German and Switzerland. The workshop focuses on the latent artistic possibilities of the pandemic. Such opportunities do not come by often, so the public is encouraged to participate in these events.