2022 Taipei International Book Exhibition Grand Prize Non-fiction Award

Judges for the 15th Annual 2022 Taipei International Book Exhibition Grand Prize Non-fiction Award. From left to right: Sherry, Hsueh-Li Lee, Ming-Tsung Lee, Loying Wu, Blues To, and Fines Lee.

Judge Introduction

Ming-Tsung Lee (Sociologist, Author)

Blues To (Editor and Business Consultant of Conde Nast Publications, Inc., Media veteran, Observer of popular culture)
Sherry, Hsueh-Li Lee (Editor-in-chief of non-profit media Broadcaster, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Technical Personnel of the Graduate Institute of Journalism at National Taiwan University)
Fines Lee (Editor-in chief of The Big Issue and The Affairs)
Loying Wu (Veteran screenwriter and director, Chairman of the Script Writers Association of R.O.C., Adjunct Assistant Professor at National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts)

General Comments:

Even during the time of pandemic when all industries have been affected, the cultural momentum of Taiwan publishing has not retreated, and it always continues to breathe freely and expand in multiple ways. This invincible energy is particularly evident in the tumult of non-fiction books. In terms of style, theme, expression, and even design composition, this year’s ten shortlisted books form a rich landscape with hundreds of blooming flowers. This not only reflects the feeling of the time, but also interweaves various ideas. Roughly speaking, the trends of this year’s shortlisted works can be summarized into five categories:
  1. Reporters’ Non-fictional Comments: Reporters go deep into transnational scenes, discuss the global fake news issue of “truth fabrication,” and prosecutors make statements and reflect on the “twisted justice” of Taiwan’s prosecutors and their media accomplices.
  2. Cross-domain Documentary of Nature and the Humanities: The author participated in an expedition to the world’s second highest peak K2, “where God is.” The author also went with artists deep into tribal mountains and forests to investigate the historical relics of the Aiyong Line’s “Llyung Topa.”
  3. Rediscovering Taiwan’s Cultural History: Big data and new methods of word frequency analysis are used in “The Magic of Hokkien Films” to select hundreds of keywords in Taiwanese films for encyclopedia-style reviews, and in tribute to national treasure craftsman Chen Zi-fu hand-painted film posters “The Age of Sound and Picture.”
  4. Strong Graphic Expression and Book Design: This is evident in the vibrant and amazing graphic creation “Animals Papapa” and the collection of historical materials “Synchronic Constellation,” which exquisitely and elegantly presents the modernity of Japanese-occupied Taiwan literature and art.
  5. Deep Thoughts and Actions from Hong Kong: Hong Kong poet Liu Wai-tong, who lives in Taiwan, extensively reviews the works of classic poets of the past century in “The Rose Has No Explanation.” In “Half Eclipse,” last year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition First Prize winner Han Li-zhu continues to shed light on individual spiritual situations in ever-changing Hong Kong.


Publisher:Locus Publishing Company

Book Introduction
The information contained in “Animals PAPAPA” comes from Dirty Director’s research over the years, which gives a no-holds barred integrated perspective on internet gossip, internet encyclopedias, documentaries, foreign periodicals, zoo commentators, and breeding farm specialists. (The highest respect for their attention to sex research!) Dirty Director then reinterpreted these strange animal facts with anthropomorphic insights. Over 200 cute animal illustrations are a soothing head massage in the pandemic era, to heal everyone’s mind, body, and spirit!

This book not only conveys knowledge, but also aims to let everyone know that sex is a very natural act by discussing the phenomenon of animal mating and diverse family structures. In addition, Dirty Director has a little reminder for the world: besides humans, there are all kinds of creatures on the earth. Human behavior will affect the survival of other species, and it may also make them unable to find a partner or place to PAPAPA!

ikuiku studio

Rights Contact:Vinelle Pan
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8 x 21 cm/296/NT$499

《A White Summer》

Publisher:Thinkingdom Media Group Ltd.

Book Introduction

“In order to get there, I want to become another person—a person with better physical fitness, a stronger spirit, and more confidence.” –Chen De-zheng, Summer 2019.

Chen De-zheng was the accompanying reporter for the K2 Project. Located at the foot of K2 mountain at an altitude of 5000 m, the oxygen concentration of the base camp where he lived for a month was only half that of sea level, and the temperature difference between day and night was fifty degrees. He witnessed the climbers heading towards the “Death Zone” at 8,000 meters, and saw the names carved in the frozen river with his own eyes. He experienced the co-existence of doubt and courage, and felt the close connection between climbers. In this book, he detailed the experience of surpassing his own limits, the close-up observations of international mountaineers and the Sherpa people, the process of human beings exploring the wilderness and ultimately conquering mountain peaks, and how he transformed from an urban youth into an adult who has been tempered by nature. This captivating book is due to Chen’s awakening to the power of God in the vast mountain valleys.


Chen Te-Cheng

Rights Contact:Beau Chen
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8 x 21 cm/360/NT$420

《Reality is Business: the Portraits Covering Across Belgium, France, Indonesia, Germany, China and Taiwan》

Publisher:SpringHill Publishing

Book Introduction

The rise of internet communications and social media has made it easier than ever to connect, interact, and exchange information with others. Yet, this non-localized exchange of ideas has brought new challenges to democratic societies. Extremists use the internet as a recruitment tool. Foreign adversaries can reach across the globe to amplify social divisions and meddle in elections. The methods of internet marketing can be applied to politics, manufacturing voices that drown out the genuine voice of the people. Now more than ever we need to understand how manufactured truth is altering politics, society, commerce, and even our individual psychology.

Determined to understand this complex phenomena, journalist Liu Chih Hsin set out for Brussels in 2016 to interview the heartbroken, yet still hopeful, mother of young man recruited by online Muslim jihadists. From there, Liu guides readers on a journey into the depths of the misinformation industry, tracing its chilling impact through Belgium, France, Indonesia, Germany, China, and Taiwan. Even as the mechanics of the industry are unveiled to readers, the emotional core of Making Truth remains its human stories. Refreshingly free of condemnation, Liu probes the lives of the victims, true believers, opportunists, and content farmers of the misinformation age, making us privy to the spaces in which they move, and the social structures that define their worldviews.

A necessary book for our times, Making Truth shines a light on one of the most troubling issues of the day, giving readers much needed perspective on a force that already impacts our daily lives, and delivering a warning about the future of open societies.


Liu Chih Hsin

Rights Contact:Patience Chuang
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8 x 21 cm/432/NT$480

《The Power of Taiyu Pian: Keywords of Taiwanese-Language Cinema》

Publisher:Guerrilla Publishing Co., Ltd.

Book Introduction
Once upon a time, there was a Hollywood in Taiwan. Over 1,000 Taiwanese-language films were produced from the island of Taiwan between 1955 and 1981.

Actors were so popular they were in scarce supply. Famous or otherwise, all actors and actresses were involved in multiple productions at once. When Taiwanese-language film stars appeared at the movie theaters, they were greeted with resounding enthusiasm. A wide genre of films was made at that time – westerns, martial arts, spy movies, Sci-Fi, romantic melodrama, fantasy of gods and monsters, and mysteries and horrors – the Taiwanese-language cinema was always on-trend.

During that golden age, countless filmmakers were involved in Taiwanese film production. Nevertheless, this prosperous time for the movie industry was constantly shunned due to political factors. Moreover, the great loss of motion picture films made it even more challenging to study and bring this period of time back to light.

The author, Kuei-chang Lin, began researching into Taiwanese-language films while studying for his master’s degree in Drama and Theater at the National Taiwan University in 2004. After obtaining his degree, he spent a great number of years collecting documents as a field researcher and studying and publishing articles and papers related to Taiwanese-language films.

To attract a new generation of viewers to Taiwanese-language films, Lin equipped himself with data analytics. After collecting numerous text data ranging from old newsprint ads, stories, opinions, artifacts, and contemporary reviews of Taiwanese-language films, he conducted word frequency analysis and picked out 110 keywords that appeared significantly more. The keywords listed and explained in his book include names of actors and actresses, directors, producers, screenwriters, photographers, and film critics; genres of important works, stories, roles, adaptations, and frequently-seen dramatic elements and settings; catchphrases in advertisements and marketing strategies; as well as major perspectives in the studies of contemporary Taiwanese films.

Integrating relevant research results with his own studies and observations, the author explores what’s underneath the significant presence of these keywords then and annotated them in light of the zeitgeist where they belonged and the cinematic experiences of the contemporary audiences. By creating dialogues between current cultural trends and Taiwanese films from 60 years ago, backed by the author’s extensive knowledge of the movie industry, this book illustrates the stories behind many films and people in the film industry and delivers the history of Taiwanese-language films – the commitment and dedication of filmmakers during the creation of these films, and the restoration and advocacy efforts of film researchers for these films since the 1990s.

Lin Kuei-Chang

Rights Contact:Yen Chen Lee
W x H cm/pages/price:17 x 23 cm/464/NT$600

《Distortion of Justice: Cruel Facts Faced with by Prosecutors & the Collapsing Law Enforcement Agencies and Media》

Publisher:Linking Publishing Company

Book Introduction
In an era of ‘fast-food’ information and untrustworthy fact checking, people tend to play the role of a judge behind their keyboards. So, are you sure the “fact” you see is the true fact? A prosecutor who pursues justice in accordance with the law turns out to be accused of being a sinner. What’s exactly wrong with our society?

This book is intended to transform the society because it might be too late if we do not make a change now.

A prosecutor’s job involves the whole criminal prosecution procedure, including investigation, public prosecution, and criminal enforcement. Due to the complexity and multifaceted nature of a prosecutor’s responsibilities, it is not easy for outsiders to understand what they are doing, giving a sense of mystery to prosecutors’ job. Serving as the gatekeeper of all judicial cases, prosecutors are a group people who are most involved in the judicial proceedings and know best the cause and effect of judicial cases.

Hsin-Yin Wu, author of “Distortion of Justice”, was a prosecutor. Serving in the prosecution system, that is supposed to realize criminal justice, for some time, Hsin-Yin Wu felt so frustrated and disappointed that eventually she chose to quit her job as a prosecutor. In her book, Hsin-Yin Wu profoundly analyzes the major issues of the prosecutorial system, the police system, and the media, systematically exposing the collusion and fraudulent practices between the three parties.

In the field of the prosecutorial system, the author depicts .the internal and external troubles faced with by prosecutors: abuse of legal procedure by the public, resulting in a waste of judicial resources; lack of resources, long-term overwork, and distorted promotion culture. In order to get a promotion, some unworthy prosecutors even collude with reporters and tolerate unlawful activities conducted by the police. Even more inconceivably, people working in the judicial system have become used to all these phenomena that are against judicial ethics.

In the field of the police system, the author depicts the phenomenon of high-level officials oppressing the basic police officers for the purpose of pleasing the public and faking political achievements. In order to meet these unreasonable KPIs, basic police officers resort to selective enforcement of law, “make up” legal cases out of nothing, and even gain an arrest warrant or search warrant from the prosecutor by cheating, clearly knowing that it is against the law.

The media played an important role in the judicial system’s walking on the crooked path. In the book, the author elaborates a range of misconducts of the media for the purpose of gaining click-through-rate (CTR) and the scoop, including sacrificing the self-esteem of the “forth power”, intentionally making false or biased reports, inciting public opinion, and serving as a publicity channel to pave the way for prosecutors or police officials to develop their personal business.

The chaos in the prosecutorial system, the police system, and the media reflects a distorted envision of justice by the whole society. Living in it, are we aware of the seriousness of these misconducts and misunderstandings?

Hsin-Yin Wu

Rights Contact:Sonia Wang
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8 x 21 cm/288/NT$320

《Llong Topa : Looking for the frontier guards line of Topa incident and it's descendants》

Publisher:Walkers Cultural Enterprise Ltd.

Book Introduction
“Llyung Topa” is the Atayal phrase for Dabaoxi Valley, which has the profound meaning of “panther community.” This book chronicles a seemingly illogical yet unexpectedly strong process of action: finding “people” from “lines.” The first part, “Frontline,” records Gao Jun-hong’s exploration of the Aiyong Line site between 2016 and 2020 related to the Panther Community incident in northern Taiwan. The second part, “The Descendants,” is related to the search for the route to the Panther Community that vanished a century prior.

From 2016 to 2020, Gao Jun-hong underwent over 200+ field inspections of the Aiyong Line in the mountains. During the process, he went from lines to people, and then from mountains to tribes. He also conducted many interviews with the survivors of the Panther Community, recorded them photographically, and then set about writing this book.

Kao Jun Honn

Rights Contact:Belle Huang
W x H cm/pages/price:15 x 21 cm/400/NT$580



Book Introduction

The Golden Horse Award documentary team project “Sunday Japanese Walker” took seven years of pursuit and preparation. Following “Sunday Japanese Walker,” the Windmill Poetry Society was used as a lens to view how people and trends of thought meet and resonate, creating a century of progressively-confident new literary expression in Taiwan. The content includes selected historical materials of Taiwan’s avant-garde literature and art over the past century, as well as exhibits from various countries in Europe and Asia. Contemporary cross-disciplinary experts from Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea were invited as co-writers. This book is not only a documentary, but also an exhibition—combined together into a larger structure, richer content, and wider spread. It leads readers to see the nascent activity of the literary modernity of Japanese-occupied Taiwan, and is a precious memorial that belongs to all Taiwanese people.


Ya-li Huang


Yun-Yuan Chen

Rights Contact:Chien Ko
W x H cm/pages/price:15.5 x 21.6 cm/528/NT$1500

《Cinema in Paint:Chen Tzu-Fu’s Hand-drawn Movie Posters》

Publisher:Yuan-Liou Publishing Co., Ltd.

Book Introduction
This book interviews the ninety-five-year-old Chen Tzu-Fu who painted nearly 5,000 movie posters in his life.

In the era of black-and-white films, Chen Tzu-Fu recreated the splendid world with crayons. Since the film was not yet filmed, Chen Tzu-Fu often relied on the cast and the outline to conceive the plot of the poster scene, which then became the reference when shooting. Various characteristics of the times not only reveal Chen Tzu-Fu ‘s unique historical status, but also epitomize the development of Taiwanese film. The book describes the ups and downs of Chen Tzu-Fu ‘s life, traces the background of his cultivation mainly inherited from Japanese culture, reveals his dedication to poster painting, and comes with precious images and photos to record the first hand history. The book also analyzes Chen Tzu-Fu ‘s composition strategy to highlight popular stars and dramatic scenes, the use of collage and color, the creation of film titles and copywriting fonts, and then compares the text and images to analyze the creations corresponding to different film types one by one. This book not only outlines the features of the professional painter, but also shows the splendid era of Taiwan’s post-war films.

Chen Tzu-Fu


Huang Han-Di


Lin Hsin-Yi


Chen Ya-Wen

Rights Contact:Jennifer Wang
W x H cm/pages/price:17.5 x 26 cm/320/NT$700

《The Rose is without an explanation:40 Lectures in Verse》

Publisher:Thinkingdom Media Group Ltd.

Book Introduction

Forty poetic lectures and 63 modern poetry classics. Liu Wai-tong led the way by sharing new poems and stories of poets, and facilitated people’s perception of emotional rhythm by approaching the poetry contained in words. This book is written by Liu Wai-tong, who is familiar with classical poetry and loves the creation of modern poetry. Through forty perspectives and themes, it guides readers to become reacquainted with “poetic meaning” and the beauty of modern poetry and words. The book includes classic poets and poems of the past century: Zhou Meng-die, Yan Xian, Luo Fu, Xia Yu, Bei Dao, Gu Cheng, Xixi, Liang Bing-jun, Huang Can-ran, Zhang Zao, Yu Xiu-hua, Lorca, Kenji Miyazawa, Paul Celan, Auden, Bukowski, Simboska, Hu Shi, Bian Zhi-lin, Fei Ming, Mu Dan. Liu Wai-tong cites poetry and art in an eloquent manner. Not only is the book a complete dissertation of poetry understanding, but also shows Liu’s creativity based on his rich poetic education. The book is an introduction to modern poetry.


Liu Wai Tong

Rights Contact:Beau Chen
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8 x 21 cm/336/NT$360

《Half Eclipse》


Book Introduction

An author, a cat, and life (and death) in a half eclipsed city.

In this collection of essays, Hong Kong novelist Hon Lai Chu writes about life in an age of pandemic and growing political oppression. After Hong Kong’s massive protests against the government’s ongoing violating human rights in 2019, the outbreak of pandemic in 2020 followed by the passing of a more severe Hong Kong National Security Law and the imprisoning of many opposition leaders, all continuously threatens to quiet down the city’s urge for democracy.

For a book about life in a circumstances of political oppression and modern tyranny, Half Eclipse is untypical for its deep speculation. Life in quarantine, daily experience of shrinking civil rights, hearing about suspicious judicial sentencing and even unnatural deaths without explanations, makes Hon Lai Chu embark on a journey of deep thoughts. She writes about life and death, hope and despair, she often spots on the most trivial signs of violence and cruelty that tend to be overlooked or concealed in order to give way to efficiency. Her observation of tyranny is from the smallest things.

In the midst of everyday happenings of unfair trial and unnatural deaths, her life goes on. She lives a simple life with a cat named Ginkgo (白果). Being highly sensitive to what the political authority and capitalist economy are trying to impose, she keeps her distance, saves her energy, protects herself from fear. She writes about how she takes care of everyday life, watering plants, tasting food, feeling the midday warmth, keep feeling, and building her own sense of certainty, while living in a city where safety and certainty is being lost. Her journey is first of all an inward one, speculating on herself, tacking her own fear, unraveling past memories of anger and lost, before it turns outwards, to resonate with universal humanity.

As the Taiwanese author and literature professor Yan Shuxia (言叔夏) says, “The difficulty and rarity about Half Eclipse is that, being in the face of ‘tyranny’, she looks first back inward to gaze at her own ‘self’, before gazing at ‘others’.” “Both Darkness under the Sun and Half Eclipse, in their diary-like style, seem to be dressing directly ‘live on the site,’ but what they are actually dealing with, is the multiple layers of relationships between a person and Time, between a person and History, and between a person and “this moment” that they are currently in.” Philosophy scholar Liu Canglong (劉滄龍) also comments, “Literature written in diary style is often full of private emotions and self-exposures, however, the personal feelings in Darkness under the Sun not only have a great public significance, but also full in power of description.”

Hon Lai Chu is born in Hong Kong. An acclaimed novelist, she was awarded Artist of the Year 2018 by Hong Kong Arts Development Awards. Started writing in her teens, she is now author of twelve books. In 2020 her diary-style non-fiction work Darkness under the Sun won TiBE grand award, the book is widely read by Chinese readers across Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia and worldwide. Half Eclipse, published in 2021, also receives great reviews and resonate deeply with its readers. In an age when we may all be closer than we knew to abyss and chaos, when peace and certainty can be lost to violence and oppression at any moment, Half Eclipse is the story of us all.


Hon Lai Chu

Rights Contact:Belle Huang
W x H cm/pages/price:14.8 x 21 cm/448/NT$420