Taipei-Taiwanese artist Huang Po-chih (???) took the top prize of the Golden Butterfly Award in Taiwan's most prestigious book design competition, at the opening of the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) Tuesday for his "Five Hundred Lemon Trees" (??????).
"Five Hundred Lemon Trees" features a tree-planting project that began in 2013 and ended with a solo exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
While Huang took the gold award, Huang Jui-i (???) and Peng Yu-jui (???) won silver for Aroma Island (???), and Liu Ming-wei (???) won bronze for his work Industrial Research Institute of Taiwan Governor-General's Office (??????????).
Other awards on the opening day of the exhibition included the Taipei International Book Exhibition Award, the Eslite Bookstore Award, and the French-Chinese Translation Award.
Organized by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF) under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture (MOC), the 2019 TIBE is being held at Taipei World Trade Center and will run through Sunday, featuring Germany as the guest of honor.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Culture Minister Hsiao Tsung-huang (???) said Taiwan is the most liberal, democratic and open country in Asia and its publishing industry is a vital factor.
"I believe our publishing capacity will be a key cultural advantage in Asia and will continue to lead the society forward," Hsiao said.
He said his ministry will continue to fund and promote "Books from Taiwan," an initiative to introduce Taiwanese books to foreign publishers and readers.
At the book fair, one of the highlights is expected to be a presentation by bestselling German crime writer Ferdinand von Schirach, a criminal lawyer who will introduce his new book "Strafe" (Punishment).
Twelve other German writers will also make presentations at the fair, including Sebastian Fitzek, a bestselling author of psychological thrillers in the German language, and Axel Scheffler, the London-based illustrator of the popular children's book "The Gruffalo."
At Tuesday's event, Pingtung County Councilor Chiang Yueh-hui (???) presented her autobiography "I'm Actually Afraid: The legendary life of the lone fighter Chiang Yueh-hui."
Chiang catapulted in the national news last year after she reportedly bit a police officer during a clash between law enforcement and local residents in an incident related to forced eviction.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel