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Construction boss among winners of Taipei book fair prize

Construction boss among winners of Taipei book fair prize

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) The chairman of a local construction company emerged as one of the winners of the annual Taipei International Book Exhibition Prize Tuesday in recognition of a collection of his short stories. Wang Ting-kuo, 58, was one of the three winners in the fiction category. He grabbed the prize for "Na Me Re, Na Me Leng" (literally: "so hot, so cold"), a collection depicting the loneliness of men and women. "I have gotten a lot from this. For example, I discovered for the first time that someone is reading my books and taking note of every word I write," Wang said at a press conference. He said he wrote the winning work, his first major publication in 25 years, to illustrate the difficulties in human relationships. Although his profession is construction, Wang's true passion lies in literature. He has been writing since age 17, and has picked up several awards along the way, and views literature as something that offers a happiness no numbers could ever give. "I usually write late at night because in the daytime, my mind is occupied with numbers, steel bars and cement," he told reporters after the event. Even when working, he goes about business with the sensitivity of a novelist. "You can't be too careless and must pay attention to details," said Wang, who attributed his ability to weather difficult times in the real estate industry to his careful demeanor. One of the other winners in the fiction category is Lin Yi-yun, who said he was inspired to write his winning novel "Hai Xiao" (literally: "tsunami") because he grew up in the eastern county of Hualien, where frequent earthquakes spark regular fears of tsunamis. The novel centers on rumors of a tsunami after a huge earthquake in the county and examines society through the lenses of people's reactions to the news, said Lin, whose works are known for having a playful tone. The other winners Tuesday include U.S.-based Chinese writer Cao Guanlong in the fiction category, while non-fiction awards were given to Taiwan's Chen Lie, Liu Shao-hua, Chen Tsui-lien, Wu Nai-teh and Hu Hui-ling. The winners were selected out of 125 submissions in the fiction category and 371 in the non-fiction category. Taipei International Book Exhibition Prize is given out by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation each year to highlight the achievements of original works by Chinese-language writers. Each winner receives a trophy and cash prize of NT$100,000 (US$3,322). (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-03-01 06:11 GMT+08:00