Taipei Writers’ Group: TIBE 2017

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This year at the Taipei International Book Exhibition, TWG Press can be found at booth A721 in the international section of the exhibition. Come meet some of the authors of TWG Press’s four anthologies and learn more about TWG Press, Taipei Writers’ Group, and the publications of half a dozen independent authors. Doors will be open to the public from 3pm on February 8th, and the exhibition will last through February 13th. This year the cost is only NT$100/$50 concession/free for under-18 Taiwanese students for one day, or NT$200/$150 for multiple days.

台北國際書展將從下周開始起跑,這是我們 TWG Press 首度參展,將在A721展位。從下周三2月8日下午3點起,一般大眾就可以購票入場,單日門票只有100元 (18歲以下半價50元),多日通行證只有200元 (18歲以下150元),本次書展將至2月13日星期一為止。

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TWG Press will be hosting two events during the exhibition / 我們在展期有2場活動: 

02/08, Wednesday/星期三, 17:15-18:15
Topic: English Literature in Taiwan: TWG Experience / 英文文學在台灣: TWG的經驗分享
Location: Literature Salon (文學沙龍)
Content: Join TWG Press and its writers for an in-depth discussion on their literary journey in Taiwan. 歡迎來聽我們 TWG 作家們在台灣發展寫作生涯的經驗談,以及台灣發展英文文學的潛力。

02/12, Sunday, 19:45-20:45
Topic: TWG Anthology Reading Party / 從台灣傳奇到變調成人童話,TWG 朗讀會
Location: Yellow Salon (黃沙龍)
Content: Join TWG Press and its writers for a fun reading party about their anthology series: Taiwan Tales, Night Market, Peak Heat, and Twisted Fairy Tales for Adults / 來聽我們的作家們,盡情朗讀這4本書。

All four of TWG Press’ anthologies will be available for purchase:

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Taiwan Tales: NT$300 台灣傳奇只要新台幣 300元
Night Market / Peak Heat / Twisted Fairy Tales for Adults: NT$400 each
夜市人生 / 亂世榮景 / 變調成人童話 每本400元

Pick any 2 and get NT$100 off 任選2本折價100元!
Any 3 for NT $200 off  任選3本折價200元!
Or buy all 4 for only NT$1200! 全套4本總價1200元!

Also available will be books by Taipei Writers’ Group authors Emily Brooks, J.J. Green, L.L. Phelps, Bradley Verdell, Brian Q. Webb, and Mark Will

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We hope to see you soon! 我們希望有機會跟大家交流喔! 

-TWG Press and Taipei Writers’ Group
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What’s New at the TWG

So many exciting things are coming up for the Taipei Writers Group, it’s time to spill the beans.

Events

The TWG will be at Daniel Pearl Day at the Hakka Cultural Park, Taipei, on September 10th. Come along and meet the writers, pick up some free bookmarks, enter the raffle or buy a book. Taiwan Tales, Night Market and Peak Heat will be on sale (cheaper than print copies on Amazon), as well as writers’ individual works.

In February 2017, for the very first time, the TWG will be at the Taipei International Book Exhibition. TWG members are very excited to be participating in this 25th anniversary of the event. Come and find us in the International Section.

Anthologies

Since launching Peak Heat in the depths of a clammy, humid Taiwanese winter, the writers have been working hard on a follow up. TWG Anthology IV, Twisted Fairy Tales, goes live on Amazon this month. New writers and old favourites have contributed to this latest anthology, and you can meet them at the launch event on October 1st at Voodoo Doughnut.

Also in the pipeline are simplified Chinese translations of Taiwan Tales and Night Market. The TWG has been working with the translation company Fiberead to prepare these anthologies for sale on Amazon in China.

New Publications

Patrick Wayland, author of The Jade Lady and Deadman Bay, has published a new thriller, Nialhaus Proxy.

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Bradley Verdell has published the first five books in his steampunk fantasy, Chadwick Yates.

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Colin Norman recounts his hilarious (for readers) experience of Taiwanese healthcare in Gut Feeling: An Adventures in Asia Short.

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Jenny Green has published four books in her light-hearted scifi series, Carrie Hatchett, Space Adventurer.

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Pat Woods’ Sherlock Holmes story, The Adventure of the Etheric Projection, appeared in Jersey Devil Press in January, and Pat and Ellyna Ford Phelps each had stories accepted for the mystery thriller anthology, 559 Ways to Die.

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Several writers in the TWG have novels nearing completion, and stories and poems submitted to magazines and other publishing markets. It’s a busy time for the writers, and things promise to get busier. Thanks to all our readers for their wonderful support.

Peak Heat Launch

By Whitney Zahar

On January 16, 2016, I realized a lifelong dream. I held a book in my hands and stroked the velvety cover, filled with joy that between those pages, there was a story in there that I had written. Best of all, I had my 5-year-old son Preston by my side.

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Okay, he might be too young to fully appreciate the awesomeness of being published in a format other than on the web, but he was there to hear “Mommy’s story,” as well as those fantastic other tales by the Taipei Writers Group.

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The book launch was held in the new Red Room venue at Taipei Air Force Base. What a great place, where creativity and community are encouraged in equal measure! There was plenty of space to roam around. My son loved performing his version of kung fu dancing on the carpet before nestling into a pile of pillows. He was given the job of guarding Mommy’s Peak Heat poster.

Meanwhile, I loved exploring the display of books written by my fellow writers, as well as sampling some of the yummy treats prepared by Karen Farley of KP Kitchens and our own Bradley Verdell.

With our bellies and hearts full of good food, drink, and conversation, we were swept into the blazing world of Peak Heat a world heartbreakingly similar to our own. We were in good hands with our Master of Ceremonies C.K. Hugo Chung to guide us through a group of stories from all over the world. Each story had its own view of what life would be like after a massive global warming event. We met collectors, surfers, queens, hunters, lovers, zealots, children, and survivors, from all walks of life. For me, I absolutely had no idea until the last moment which part of my story I was going to read, let alone how I was going to introduce it. But what struck me was that I had read several of these stories many times, taking a red ink pen to them without trying to slice away the writers’ voices. It wasn’t until I actually heard them out loud, read by Katannya Jantzen, Brian Quentin WebbJ.J. Green, Bradley Verdell, L.L. Phelps, Pat Woods and C.K. Hugo Chung (sadly, Erisa Apantaku couldn’t make it), that I finally heard the voices of the characters. I finally heard the flow of these stories. I realized the importance of these book launches and these book talks, where writers and audience can step beyond the printed page together, and into a world of voices and conversation.

To top it all off, I had no idea Ted Pigott was there sketching us as we read. How glorious!

Even though I couldn’t stay past the first act, I was so happy I was able to come to the launch. I was able to reconnect and touch my friends, make some new friends, and I was happy my son was there to experience this event.

Now, onward to the next group of tales! Where will they take us next?

What’s Your Writing Schedule?

In a recent post by Jeremy TeG, we heard about Gene Wolfe’s classic science fantasy series, The Book of the New Sun. A highly successful set of five novels based mostly in the fantastical, far future Urth, the series is an inspiration to aspiring writers in all genres. But how did Wolfe find the time to pen the 950+ pages?

Patrick Wayland gave us a clue in an earlier post that linked to an interview with Wolfe. Before he became a full-time writer, Wolfe said he would “write for about an hour before work on workdays, and then I would write on Saturdays and Sundays. That left my afternoons and evenings free to play with my kids or read to them. And then in those days—and believe me, I no longer do this—anytime I woke up after 4:00 a.m., I stayed up and I wrote. I stopped writing when Rosemary called down to me that breakfast was ready. When I left off editing, I increased the time I spent writing by a factor of three.”

It takes plenty of discipline, or ambition, to stick to a rigorous schedule, but Wolfe shows it is possible to write regularly even when dealing with the demands of a job and family.

James Clear asks a chilling question: How many people die with their best work still inside them?

As Clear’s interesting post on the writing habits of famous authors shows, there’s no one perfect schedule to suit all. Some of us bound out of bed ready to write for two or three hours before the rest of the house rises; others seclude themselves with a laptop and a glass of wine late at night while the world sleeps. But one thing most successful writers do have in common is that they had some kind of self-imposed discipline around their writing habits.

What’s your writing schedule? How do you force yourself to stick to it?The_British_Reoccupation_of_Burma_SE6867