Hong Kong Book Fair

The annual Book Fair is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and attracts more than 900,000 visitors over several days. The event that features seminars and author talks was first held in 1990.

Hong Kong Book Fair treat gives Tin Shui Wai pupils a rare glimpse of the big city

Lau Ying-hei (left) and Jackey Wong enjoy their time at the book fair. Photo: Alan Yu

Tuesday, 21 July, 2015, 3:27am 3 comments

Hong Kong student makes transition from illness to detective story writer

Adrian Ho with his latest book, which is available at the Hong Kong Book Fair. Photo: May Tse

When Adrian Ho was a Form One student in secondary school, he fainted and was unconscious in a hospital bed for three weeks. He had a disease called Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), which means that his blood had unusually low levels of platelets – the cells that help clot blood. This meant he was prone to excessive bruising and bleeding.

16 Jul 2015 - 7:41pm 1 comment

Literature lovers camp out overnight as Hong Kong Book Fair begins

The fair is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hundreds of bookworms poured into the convention centre in Wan Chai this morning as the biggest event in the city's literary calendar kicked off.

16 Jul 2015 - 7:43pm 1 comment

Record crowds as e-books create a buzz at annual fair

Visitors scour the tables for last-day bargains. Photo: Dickson Lee

The ever-popular Hong Kong Book Fair saw a record number of visitors this year, and its organiser says e-books were in hot demand, with growth in spending on electronic titles surpassing that on print versions.

24 Jul 2013 - 4:00am

Brother Cream's 'Cream Chicken Soup' a bestseller at Book Fair

Fans of Brother Cream with copies of his photo book at the fair yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Hundreds of readers lined up at the Hong Kong Book Fair to grab a "paw-tograph" from the most famous cat in town. Brother Cream attended a book-signing event for his second photo book Cream Chicken Soup, which has become one of the fair's bestsellers, with more than 5,000 copies walking out the door, according to its publisher.

16 Jul 2015 - 7:47pm

Tracing the evolution of Hong Kong Book Fair

Male pseudo-models take centre stage at Hong Kong Book Fair. Photo: Felix Wong

From a modest start in 1990 with 149 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors, Hong Kong Book Fair has grown into, perhaps, the key event of the summer. Its organiser, the Trade Development Council, expects this year's event, with 560 exhibitors, will draw a million visitors.

16 Jul 2015 - 7:49pm

Authors praise city's infectious freedom

Writer William Shawcross says Hong Kong is 'unique in the whole Chinese system'. Photo: Edward Wong

The city's freedom of expression makes it unique in China and will help advance such freedom on the mainland, internationally acclaimed writers said at the Hong Kong Book Fair yesterday.

Biographers William Shawcross and Jung Chang and novelist Erica Jong praised Hong Kong as a mixing pot of various cultures, where, as Jong put it, "free speech flourishes".

20 Jul 2013 - 4:29am 1 comment

Exposed: New book reveals the dark secrets of China's history

Former reformist Communist Party general secretary Zhao Ziyang in 1994. Photo: Reuters

The editors of a new book that they say exposes the secrets and dark side of mainland China under communist rule have expressed hopes that Hong Kong will remain a window for mainlanders to learn the truth.

19 Jul 2013 - 10:45am

'Wild Swans' author Jung Chang lauds Hong Kong's freedom

Jung Chang

Hong Kong has the freedom to accommodate new perspectives in a way no other place in China can, asserts internationally acclaimed biographer Jung Chang.

16 Jul 2015 - 7:52pm 1 comment

Author Chan Koon-chung to support Occupy Central

Chan Koon-chung was keen to share his ideas on universal suffrage and the election of the chief executive. Photo: David Wong

Occupy Central is his last-ditch effort to fight for genuine universal suffrage, bestselling author Chan Koon-chung said yesterday at the Hong Kong Book Fair. Chan, who was born in Shanghai, but grew up in Hong Kong, said that Occupy Central came about because there was no government plan yet for universal suffrage in the election of the chief executive in 2017.

16 Jul 2015 - 7:54pm

Hong Kong Book Fair opens to bigger than ever crowds and younger buyers

Happy readers check out the bargains among books from Taiwan at the Hong Kong Book Fair yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

Politics ruled the tills on the first day of the annual Hong Kong Book Fair, and publishers said the first-day turnout was larger than last year.

Jimmy Pang Chi-ming of the Sub-Culture publishing house said he had seen a 10 per cent rise in business on the first day compared with last year.

18 Jul 2013 - 9:13am

Ancient Mogao Grottoes murals get 3-D projection treatment

A visitor views the Mogao Grottoes projection. Photo: Sam Tsang

A 3-D depiction of one of China's most famous Buddhist cave sites yesterday drew mixed reactions from visitors, depending on whether or not they had seen the original.

18 Jul 2013 - 9:12am

Historian captures glory days of buses

Tim Ko (centre), shows his work at the Book Fair. Photo: May Tse

A new book on the history of Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) will bring back memories of the busy bus routes that criss-crossed the city before the MTR started services in Kowloon and the New Territories.

The bus company launched 80 Years with KMB at the Hong Kong Book Fair yesterday, to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

18 Jul 2013 - 9:14am

New book lifts lid on China's leaders

New book lifts lid on China's leaders

A book that charts the latest transfer of power in Beijing and lifts some of the veil of secrecy from a new generation of leaders who will run China for the next decade will hit the shelves at the Hong Kong Book Fair tomorrow.

18 Jul 2013 - 9:13am

Hong Kong fair aims to appeal to big demand for e-books

Revenue from Chinese e-magazines has tripled in the last years. Photo: Felix Wong

The annual Hong Kong Book Fair opens in Wan Chai on Wednesday – with suppliers keen to tap into the growing appetite for e-books and e-magazines among younger readers.

Non-publishers and tablet brands are now joining the e-book craze – as digital book purchasing platforms and reading devices become increasingly popular with the touchscreen generation in Hong Kong and mainland China.

18 Jul 2013 - 9:07am