Our friend Dan Bloom who now inhabited in Chiayi, Taiwan recently published two new works, ‘My Guardian Angel Taught Me Where to Look for Love’ and ‘In the Eyes of A Child, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again’, they are fully contained with lovely poems and illustrations. He held a press conference for these two books in the Children’s Art Museum in Taipei last Saturday. Dan posted some information about his new books in the last weblog entry, just click here for further reading, but those articles are all in Mandarin Chinese.
I began to know about Dan last winter, I went to Chiayi to participate a Taoist religious celebration in Taibow near Chiayi last December, I met Dan in the night market near in the downtown of Chiayi. He was selling his previous book My Excellent Adventures Selling Books from a Pushcart in the Night Markets of Taiwan’ with a bicycle to carry his books. I bought one and read it.
In that book, Dan said that he was traveling all around the world from west to east, but what is most impressive to him is the way people live in Taiwan and the special culture of night markets, he just want to express how he loves the outstanding living style in Taiwan and how he loves the night markets. That’s also why he wants to sell his book in the night market. I mentioned about this book in my personal weblog in an article entitled with ‘The Little Price and the Little Princess’, in that article I tried to discuss the representation of the Taiwanese children in the Taoist religious celebrations in Dan’s book.
According to the reports from the papers, Dan told the journalists that the book will be translate into twenty five different language and be published all around the world. He wants to prove that not only in London and New York, there are also great books in Taiwan. He started these two books with a sudden inspiration when he was eating somewhere in Chiayi, “It’s like an angel speaking to me.” He wrote all the poems within just ten minutes, then get helped by the Global Children’s Art Gallery to put the paints of the children and Dan’s poem together. He said these two books in not only his work but also the co-creations by the artist from New York, Oregon, Taipei and Chayi, and all the children.
I did not read Dan’s new books but I read Dan’s poem online both in Chinese and English. You may check the URL below. I cannot give any comment on Dan’s books now, but Dan wrote to me yesterday, he said:
Well, why not?