Residents find plenty to read about
Jiading played an important part in this year’s Shanghai Book Fair from August 15 to 21, introducing residents to new books, local writers and artists, and promoting the National Reading Initiative.
Among the many activities in the district, experts in Jiading’s history and culture shared their studies about Wellington Koo (1888-1985) with readers. The Jiading native was a highly regarded diplomat and a statesman of the Republic of China (1912-1949).
Children’s writer Dai Da and cartoonist Gan Feng brought their new books for signing.
Steps away, the most popular Chinese Choir series picture books were exhibited. The series of picture books are based on ancient poems.
Five editions, including “Lovesickness,” a story inspired by a poem of the same name by Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) poet Wang Wei (AD 701-761), “A Traveler’s Song” by Tang poet Meng Jiao (AD 751-814) and “Night Thoughts” by Tang poet Li Shangyin (AD 813-858).
A “poem kiosk” was established during the event. Writers, artists and TV anchors recited masterpieces together with visitors.
Shanghai Auto Museum provided picture books and DIY courses to enable parents and children experience automobile culture from different angles.
Calligrapher and seal-engraving master Han Tianheng visited the book fair with his new book and a small gift for every lover of seal-engraving — a specially made book label.
Han’s new book “Tianheng’s five arts” is divided into five volumes — Chinese painting, calligraphy, seal-engraving, book collection and literary theory to showcase the author’s achievements in traditional arts.
There were also four parallel sessions in Jiading this year which were held at Jiading Library, Beiguan Village Study, Xinhua Bookstore Robinsons Galleria branch and Jiangqiao Wanda Plaza.