Bestowing high praise on historians and biographers, British author Oscar Wilde said: “Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.” And renowned American science fiction writer Robert Heinlein once said: “A generation which ignores history has no past – and no future”.
As a cosmopolitan city with a thoroughly educated, well-travelled and world-wise population, Hong Kong has many voracious readers eager to stock up their bookshelves. A highlight in any Hong Kong bookworm’s calendar is the city’s annual festival of literature, the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, which is returning soon.
Marking the first major event to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) following the COVID-19-induced hiatus in the first half of the year, the 31st HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair carries a theme of inspiration to help people face up to challenging times.
The 30th HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair wrapped up on Tuesday, 23 July, having drawn nearly 1 million visitors to browse through the books and related materials which the exhibitors offered; a wide range of thematic events and presentations also proved a drawcard.