BEIJING (AP) _ Nearly 100 Chinese and foreign book lovers who took their passion too far have been charged with shoplifting at a book fair, a newspaper reported.

The literary crime wave took place over five days at the 7th International Publishing Exhibition, which opened Aug. 28 in Beijing, the Xinmin Evening News said Friday.

Suspects include 16-year-old high school students, a Pole in his 60s and a Chinese government researcher charged with taking an art book worth more than $120, the newspaper said. The most expensive book stolen cost nearly $360.

The exhibition featured books by publishers from China, Hong Kong and foreign countries.