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Largest floating book fair makes port call in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-08-25 11:10 PM
Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) The MV Logos Hope, the ship that carries the largest floating book fair in the world, has docked in Taiwan for the first time, bringing 5,000 different books and hundreds of volunteers to the country. Operated by the German Christian charity group, Good Books for All (GBA) Ships, the Logos Hope is open to the public to visit in the Port of Keelung in northern Taiwan until Sept. 9.

It will then sail to southern Taiwan and be open to visitors in Kaohsiung and at Anping Port in Tainan from Sept. 13 to 24 and Sept. 26 to 29, respectively. The book fair features over 5,000 titles, covering the realms of science, sports, cuisine, art, philosophy and language. It also offers children's books, dictionaries and maps. Nathan Le Roux, a project coordinator with the Logos Hope, said the ship's volunteers and crew members are looking forward to learning more about Taiwanese culture during their stay after missing such an opportunity last year when a scheduled visit to Taiwan was canceled due to a mechanical problem with the ship. "They are very excited about it," he told CNA on Monday. During their stay, he said, Logos Hope volunteers will also volunteer their time at Keelung Prison and with groups such as the Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation. The ship carries some 400 volunteers from over 50 countries, serving in positions such as engineers, accountants and chefs. Over the past 40 years, ships operated by GBA Ships have visited more than 160 countries and received over 40 million visitors on board, according to the organization. The Logos Hope is the fourth ship operated by GBA Ships, after the Logos, the Logos II and the Doulos. It is twice the size of Doulos, a similar type of floating bookstore that has visited Taiwan several times, according to Logos Hope Director Lloyd Nicholas. Lin Hsing-ying, one of the three Taiwanese volunteers on the ship, said she applied to become a volunteer on the ship because she enjoys books and wanted to travel around the world. The 26-year-old, who has served one and a half years on the ship, told local media that she hopes to introduce tasty Taiwanese food to her fellow volunteers during their stay in Taiwan. The ship, which has arrived in Keelung on Aug. 22, is scheduled to leave Taiwan on Sept. 30. (By Christie Chen and Wang Chao-yu)

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