Monday, September 3, 2012
2012 Beijing Book Fair Spotlights S. Korean Books
By Suchang Lee
Special to ASSIST News Service
BEIJING, CHINA (ANS) -- The annual Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) has ended. The fair ran from August 29 to September 2 at China International Exhibition Center in Beijing's Shunyi district, occupying an exhibition area of 53,600 square meters.
Over 2,000 publishing companies from 63 countries and regions attended the exhibitions.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Republic of Korea, the fair features the latter as the country of honor. 72 publishers and many established writers from South Korea exchanged views with their Chinese counterparts.
The Media and Publication Committee of CCIK (The Communion of Churches in Korea) and KCPA(Korea Christian Publishers Association) co-managed the Christian book exhibition in the fair.
“The new era of official Christian literature trade between Korea and China has opened,” a Korean daily newspaper, the Kukmin Ilbo, reported.
The Beijing book fair has become an increasingly important player on the world’s publishing scene.
Digitization was the main theme for this year's seminar. The fair also presented events, such as a publishing forum and a “Literature Night” to celebrate the gathering of writers, publishers and readers.
Suchang Lee is the general secretary of Society of Korean Christian Poets and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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