The annual Shanghai Book Fair returns in 2013 with a special birthday bumper edition. Now in its tenth year the fair, held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from Wednesday 14-Tuesday 20, will host a record number of international literary A-listers giving free book signings and open readings.
So far more than ten foreign authors have been announced. The highlights include Russian-American
poet and critic Ilya Kamingsky; the Premio Strega award-winning Italian author Paolo Giordano (The Solitude of Prime Numbers, pictured below); Canadian science fiction writer Robert J Sawyer (Golden Fleece, Wake); and veteran avant-garde Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke (The Hornets), who is known for his inflammatory views on the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990s.
This year sees a greater focus than before on smaller independent publishers. In a press conference last month, Kan Ninghui, deputy director of the Shanghai Administration of Press and Publication announced that visitors ‘will find more than ten of these bookstores, each outstanding in its particular field, exhibited at the fair in a special pavilion.’
As usual the majority of books are written in Chinese, English or Japanese and are available to buy for a discounted rate – around 20 per cent. And this year you’ve got more browsing time, as closing times have been extended from 6pm to 9pm daily.
For the latest announcements check their Weibo page: http://e.weibo.com/shanghaishuzhan.