Uncensored books ahead of Wednesday Book Fair opening: HKTDC

The 32nd Hong Kong Book Fair will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center from Wednesday July 20 and will last for seven days.

Deputy executive director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Sophia Chong Suk-fan, said the books will not be censored beforehand, and it is not the HKTDC that determines whether the books’ content violates the law, emphasizing that visitors must follow the exhibitor code of conduct.

Chong is confident that this year’s book fair will attract a lot of people, as consumer vouchers will satisfy the public’s shopping desires and the new MTR Exhibition Center station will make transportation much more efficient.

The theme of the Book Fair this year will be “City History and Literature” with the slogan “Reading the World: Stories from Hong Kong”. Through the books, readers will travel through time and space, savoring countless stories of Hong Kong and learning to cherish the present and look to the future.

This year, the fair features 5 history writers to recognize their contributions, including Ting Sun-pao Joseph, Lui Tai-lok, Sinn Yuk-yee Elizabeth, Ye Lingfeng, and Cheng Po-hung. In addition to exhibiting their precious manuscripts, objects and books; some of them will also attend the seminar series to interact with book lovers.

Morning entrance ticket, which applies at 12 nn or earlier, costs HK$10 for adults and children. The night ticket also costs HK$10 for entry on July 20 and 21, 24 and 25 after 7 p.m. A full-fare adult ticket costs HK$25 and a full-fare child ticket costs HK$10. Free admission for children under 3 years old and seniors aged 65 or over.

Angela C. Hale