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Shanghai Book Fair presents more foreign works & writers

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08-17-2014 00:15 BJT

The Shanghai Book Fair which is also marking international literature week, with a huge range of international books on show. Foreign authors have also come to meet their readers and as Yuan Chenyue from ICS reports, there are more new books by foreign writers at the fair than ever before.

The Shanghai Book Fair which is also marking international literature week, with a huge range of international books on show.

The Shanghai Book Fair which is also marking international literature week, with a huge range of international books on show.

When it comes to reading, Gu Zhen says she likes foreign literature, and says she reads a lot of prose. And she says she's found a lot of new foreign books at this year's fair.

Most of the foreign literature at previous book fairs was novels. But this year, there are more categories including poems from Russia. And I can find more new things at the fair.

Organizers say this year's fair has not only introduced more foreign works, but also titles from more foreign writers. And fair has scheduled nearly 40 lectures and readers meetings with authors - double the number three years ago.

One such event featured French author Bernard Brizay, who chose the fair to release his new books on the mainland. He says that can help attract more young readers.

"I have been to many other book fairs including the one in Paris. Lots of visitors there are elderly people. But here in Shanghai, I've seen so many young visitors. I hope my book can reach more young readers," Bernard Brizay said.

A local publisher says China's developing economy promotes the public need for foreign literature, and many are spending more to get publication rights from from overseas publishers. He says his company has introduced nearly 100 foreign works this year, 30 percent more than last year. But he also says there are other reasons for the popularity of foreign works. 

"Only a limited number of local writers have a larger market in the country. And they may not have new works every year. So for many local publishers, their local sources are quite limited. So in order to attract readers, we need to introduce foreign works," Cao Yuanyong said.

And some readers want the fair to do even more to introduce foreign literature.

For example, the fair can use its public Wechat account to deliver more background information on a new book or writer. Many exhibitors just put the books of unfamiliar foreign writers aside and provide little introduction, so I can't tell whether the book is attractive.

The Shanghai Book Fair has held its International Literature Week for three years. Organizers say it improves cross-cultural communication and readers' understanding.

The Shanghai Book Fair which is also marking international literature week, with a huge range of international books on show.

The Shanghai Book Fair which is also marking international literature week, with a huge range of international books on show.

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