Date: January 13, 2016
The winners of this year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition Book Prize
were announced Jan. 12 by the ROC Ministry of Culture, highlighting the increasingly diverse nature of the local publishing sector.
Novelists Gan Yao-ming, Liu Da-ren and Wang Ting-kuo won for fiction, with film critic Dennis Chan, magazine magnate Chan Hung-chih, as well as interior designer Hsin Yong-sheng and information and communication technology engineer Yang Chao-ching for nonfiction.
MOC Deputy Minister Tsai Ping-kun said the various themes of awarded pieces represent the rich and vibrant cultural landscape in Taiwan. “The government will continue supporting such outstanding talents and promoting writing with local identity.”
According to Tsai, Gan’s work offers a look at the nation’s logging history in Hualien County during the 1970s through the eyes of an indigenous Amis girl. “It employs fantasy and tribal myths to clearly explain the complex local flora and technically harrowing world of timber harvesting equipment,” he said. [FULL STORY]