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'The Luminaries' author looking forward to food, books in Taiwan

'The Luminaries' author looking forward to food, books in Taiwan

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Eleanor Catton, the author of "The Luminaries," said Tuesday she is looking forward to the tasty food in Taiwan and to learning more about local authors during her stay in the country. "I'm so, so excited to be here," said the 29-year-old New Zealand writer, who is visiting Taiwan for the first time to attend the Taipei International Book Exhibition. Catton, the 2013 Man Booker Prize winner, said she is looking forwarding to celebrating her country's culture and literature with other New Zealand writers and to a rich culinary experience in Taiwan. Since her arrival in Taiwan on Monday, Catton said, she has already been treated to delicious Taiwanese cuisine and to "probably the best dumplings I've ever had in my life today." The author is scheduled to visit temples in Taipei and spend some time relaxing in the country's hot springs. But what thrills her most is the prospect of learning more about local authors, she said. "One of the reasons why I am just so excited to be here is the thought of being able to leave with a whole suitcase full of new authors to explore, which I really hope I'll get to do before we leave," Catton said. At 28, Catton became the youngest-ever winner of the Man Booker prize, for her novel about a series of mysteries involving 12 characters in a small town in New Zealand. She will be among the 22 New Zealand authors, illustrators and graphic novelists attending the Taipei book fair, which opens Wednesday and runs until Feb. 16 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Halls 1 and 3. "The opportunity to share New Zealand's literature, arts and culture at this exhibition highlights a new era of collaboration between New Zealand and Taiwan," after they signed an economic cooperation agreement in 2013, said Si'alei van Toor, director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei. Sam Elworthy, president of the Publishers Association of New Zealand, said the New Zealand pavilion will showcase a diverse selection of publications, including crime fiction, poetry, graphic novels, children's books and business books. "When you visit our pavilion, we hope that you will see that our literature is as diverse as our peoples," he said. A total of 682 publishers from 67 countries will exhibit their works at the Taipei International Book Exhibition. Other renowned writers expected to attend include bestselling American fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson, Chinese-American poet and novelist Ha Jin and bestselling New Zealand crime novelist Paul Cleave. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-20 17:03 GMT+08:00