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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to attend Taipei book fair

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to attend Taipei book fair

The Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Robert Hass will be among the authors attending the 2016 Taipei International Book Exhibition, which is scheduled to kick off Feb. 16.

Hass, who was poet laureate of the United States from 1995-1997, will take part in a talk at the fair Feb. 18 with his poet wife Brenda Hillman, according to the Taipei Book Fair Foundation.

Hass's poetry collection "Time and Materials" won the 2007 National Book Award and shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Hillman's poetry collection "Practical Water" won the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry.

Other international authors that will attend the fair include bestselling Polish fantasy author Andrzej Sapkowski, known for his series "The Witcher," New Zealand illustrator Donovan Bixley, and award-winning Israeli writer Etgar Keret.

This year's fair features Hungary as the theme country.

Hungarian film director Peter Gados, food show host and cookbook author Zsófia Mautner and musician Mihály Rosonczy-Kovács are set to light up the Hungarian pavilion, which will showcase Hungarian folk music and dance performances, embroidery workshops and cooking presentations, as well as the culture, literature and cinema of the country.

The foundation also highlighted the French and German pavilions this year, saying that the two pavilions will feature a variety of publications, and that authors and artists from the two countries will attend book signings and talks.

They include French writers Muriel Barbery, Oscar Brenifier, Romain Puértolas and Chantal Thomas, and German-based designer Wu Yimeng, the foundation said.

The fair will also feature an exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Eileen Chang (張愛玲), one of the most important modern Chinese writers.

The exhibition will display some of Chang's personal items and rare manuscripts, photo albums and paintings. There will also be a series of talks on the writer's works and life, according to the foundation.

The Taipei International Book Exhibition, one of Asia's largest book fairs, will take place Feb. 16-21 at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Halls 1 and 3.

(By Christie Chen)