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Geling Yan to appear at Taipei Literature Festival

By Yali Chen
 
The 2019 Taipei Literature Festival that started on March 2 will run until June 6 and includes a series of events such as literary lectures and guided walking tours in local communities. There will also be a special exhibition of the different sounds in Taipei City, and literary films. Geling Yan (嚴歌苓), a prominent Chinese-American writer, is set to appear at the festival on May 26 and 27.
 
At the press conference on Feb. 20, several special guests were in attendance to announce the kickoff of the three-month event. The dignitaries included Lee Li-ju (李麗珠), Deputy Commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA); Feng De-bing (封德屏), Chairwoman of Wen-Hsun Magazine; as well as four noted writers Shiu Wen-wei (須文蔚), Han Liang-yi (韓良憶), Huang Mei-er (黃美娥), and Lin Li-ching (林立青).

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Lee Li-ju, Deputy Commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, says that it’s a rare opportunity to invite world-renowned Chinese-American writer Geling Yan to attend the 2019 Taipei Literature Festival.

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The 2019 Taipei Literature Festival is curated by Feng De-bing,
Chairwoman of Wen-Hsun Magazine.


Taipei Literature Festival is held every year from March to June. Lee said that this was the first time the organizers invited Yan, the international novelist and screenwriter in Chinese and English. The special exhibition in April will feature music and literature as a way of encouraging the city’s residents to better understand and support Taiwanese literature.
 
Shanghai-born Yan published her first novel in 1985, and since then has produced a steady stream of novels, short stories, novellas, essays, and scripts. Several of her works have been adapted for film and television. Hailed as “the contemporary novelist with the most delicate and subtle Chinese writing,” she also received two Grand Jury Prizes for her novels from the United Daily News and China Times.

Yan’s last visit to Taipei was 11 years ago. This year, she is slated to participate in two lectures on May 26 and 27, exchanging ideas and sharing her writing experience with local readers.
 
Curator Feng De-bing said that three walking tours in the National Taiwan University campus, Qingguang Market, and Monga (now known as Wanhua) District will be respectively guided by three famed writers Shiu Wen-wei, Han Liang-yi, and Huang Mei-er.