Having been running for more than 25 years, the Hong Kong Book Fair is one of the biggest events of its kind in the region. And it’s fitting as publishing is big business here, contributing $14 billion to the city annually and employing some 40,000 workers. But the book fair doesn’t just attract industry types. Last year people queued overnight to be among the first in and visitor numbers topped one million for the first time. They come to see big name authors in the flesh, snap up sought-after titles, attend free public talks and generally soak up the buzz that packs the Convention Centre.
Running for six days from July 20 to with 600 exhibitors, there’s a lot on. To help give you a flavour of what’s in store, we speak to two authors appearing at the fair and look at some of the best cultural events taking place so you know what not to miss.