Bonus Material: Li Jiwei on His “Book Mountain” for the Frankfurt Book Fair

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Artist Li Jiwei’s “Book Mountain” is the artistic centerpiece of the official Chinese exhibit at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The installation takes the form of a giant sheet of paper that undulates over a “river of books” incorporating 10,000 volumes. Surrounding the exhibit is a display that traces more than 2,000 years of Chinese writing, from oracle bones to calligraphy through to the internet.


Here is Li discussing the exhibit as it was being installed in the background on Sunday evening.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.