Irene Hsiao

Letter from Taipei

Letter from Taipei cover image

Letter from Taipei is a picture book I made while teaching English at National Taipei University of Technology. It traces color and its absence and attempts to document the extraordinary in the ordinary in the streets of Taiwan. Through photos and bilingual text, it is a spiritual inquiry inspired by a city that conceals its beauties in alleyways and small corners.

Though the book commemorates the particularity of the city of Taipei, it is a book for anyone who has ever been lonely in a strange place and anyone who enjoys hunting for beauty in unexpected places.

“台北來的信” 是我在台北科技大學英國文學系任教時所作的一本相冊。它藉著時有時無的色彩來追尋平凡的台灣街頭的不平凡。以相片及中英雙語的描述,啟發一種精神上的追詢那些隱藏在一個城市小巷角落的美。

雖然這本書以台北為中心,但它是一本為任何一個在陌生地方寂寞的人能欣賞意想不到的美所著的書。

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back of book blurbs

If you are in Taiwan, you can find the book at Eslite or order online here, here, and here.

在台灣, 你可以在誠品書店的新書專櫃或下列網站買到這本書。

If you are in the United States, you can use my contact form to order a copy directly from me,  find it on the shelves of Eastwind Books in Berkeley (on University between Shattuck and Milvia), or order it from Amazon.

謝謝您!
Update, June 2016: Presented Letter from Taipei at the Bay Area Book Festival on 4-5 June 2016.
Videos of the panels are available here:
The Beautiful Island: Taiwan in the Literary Imagination (with Shawna Yang Ryan, Ed Lin, and Joshua Samuel Brown, moderated by Cherilyn Parsons), 4 June 2016
There Is No Frigate Like a Book (with Salar Abdoh, Joshua Samuel Brown, Christian Kracht, and Kim Leine, moderated by Shobha Rao), 5 June 2016
Update, 1/28/14: Letter from Taipei is number 4 on Eslite’s bestseller list! Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.52.01 PM
我很驚奇又很驚喜的聞知"台北來的信"在誠品書店暢銷書名列第四名.
Update, 1/29/14: “台北來的信” 在 誠品現在賣完了。如果您有興趣, 請訪問這些網站。謝謝!Confirmed that Eslite has sold out their stock of Letter from Taipei. However, they don’t plan to restock until after Chinese New Year. Interested parties in Taiwan are directed to 博客來 and 金石。
Update, 2/6/14: Letter from Taipei is back in stock at Eslite, number 5 on the bestseller list.Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 8.35.51 PM
Update, 2/13/14: Letter from Taipei is at number 2 on Eslite’s bestseller list. Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 10.24.46 PM

Update, 2/18/14: Thank you to Gina Lai of the 世界日報 for this lovely article on the book.

World Journal article on Letter from Taipei

World Journal article on Letter from Taipei

Update: 3/29/14: Thank you to World Journal for this article on my book launch at the TECO in Los Angeles

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Download full press release here: Letter from Taipei Press Release
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