The annual Taipei International Book Fair, which runs between February 11 and 16 at the Taipei World Trade Center Halls 1 and 3, will feature New Zealand as the theme country this time around.

Organizers say a series of activities will be held at the New Zealand pavilion, including poetry reading, book signing, lectures and forums, as well as dance performances by a Maori dance troupe.

One of the guests is Eleanor Catton, the winner of 2013 Man Booker prize, which promotes the best English fiction every year. Catton is the youngest ever winner of the prize.

Catton says her winning work, The Luminaries, is a kind of mystery novel, which is her favorite genre. She also talks about her childhood and how it gradually led her down the path of becoming a writer.