General book news

There’s tough competition, and a longlist of 140 other books including one by JK Rowling, but two Dalkey Archive titles are in the running for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. According to the award’s website: Nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world. Participating libraries can nominate up […]

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Come celebrate the launch of the next 5 Dalkey K-Lit titles

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2014
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After last year’s release of ten titles, Dalkey Archive Press has a follow-up release of five new translations. If they all measure up to No One Writes Back from their first set, which was runaway winner of LKL’s Book of the Year 2013, there is treasure in store. So come and help celebrate, and encourage […]

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Twinsters story comes to the Kindle

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2014
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Those of you who have been following the story of identical twins Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman will be pleased to know that their story will be available on Kindle at the end of this month or hardcover next month. The title is Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited. The […]

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Ha-joon Chang on anchovies and economics

by Philip Gowman 27 April 2014
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Cambridge economist Ha-joon Chang’s next book, Economics: The User’s Guide will be available on 1 May. It is the first of a batch of new publications in Penguin’s Pelican imprint, which has been dormant for thirty years. He talks about his book in a diary article in this weekend’s FT: In saying that there is […]

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Lee Jung-myung in London to promote The Investigation

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2014
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Unannounced to any apart from the Korean press, Lee Jung-myung was in town this week with his agent, signing copies of his novel The Investigation (another Kim Chi-young translation). He appeared at Goldsboro Books on Monday night, 7 April – the day before the Book Fair opened. The man behind the counter described the book […]

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“Asian Literature” in Hong Kong

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2014
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Before we get carried away by the idea of the new Korean Literature Wave, here’s the “Asian Literature” (in English translation) section of a decent Hong Kong bookstore this week (Page One in Times Square). Almost 50% Murakami, some Japanese Asia Extreme, and some Chinese. While this would be a normal state of affairs in […]

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Krys Lee wins literature award

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2014
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Congratulations to Krys Lee who has won a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is one of two winners of a Rome Fellowship in Literature, which involves a one-year residency (2014–2015) at the American Academy in Rome. Source Authors: Krys Lee

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K-Pop Now! by Mark James Russell – coming soon from Tuttle Publishing

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2014
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At LKL, we loved Mark James Russell’s first book on the Korean entertainment industry, Pop Goes Korea. So we’re looking forward to his follow-up, focusing more narrowly on K-pop, which is due to be launched in April from Tuttle Publishing. It’s already available for preorder on Amazon.co.uk. Below is the official press release, or you […]

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Waterstones stocks up on Hwang Sunmi

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2014
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Seen at the Waterstones in Canary Wharf today: a pile of Hwang Sunmi’s The Hen who Dreamed She Could Fly. Nice to see that they’re including it in the buy one, get one half price promotion. My neighbourhood bookstore at home rang me today to tell me my own copy had arrived, so I’ll be […]

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Kim Hyesoon’s I’m OK, I’m Pig! upcoming in time for London Book Fair

by Philip Gowman 6 February 2014
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Kim Hyesoon is the latest author to benefit from the London Book Fair. Kim’s collection of poems I’m OK, I’m Pig! will be forthcoming in April from Bloodaxe Books (the same publishers who brought out Ko Un’s latest collection First Person Sorrowful last year). Kim will be at the London Book Fair, and is the […]

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What to look out for in the run-up to the London Book Fair 2014

by Philip Gowman 5 February 2014
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The British Council’s and KCCUK’s involvement with the Korea market focus of the London Book Fair will ensure a range of events to examine and promote Korean literature in translation. In fact, the KCC will be focusing on literature all year. And that’s in addition to publishers using the fair as a prompt to publish […]

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Shin Kyung-sook’s I’ll be Right There arrives in time for London Book Fair

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2014
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Please Look After Mother was a huge hit, so people must be hopeful that Shin Kyung-sook’s forthcoming I’ll Be Right There will be equally as successful. Available on 10 April (according to Amazon) from Other Press, I’m sure we can expect a launch event linked to the London Book Fair (8-10 April). And as Shin […]

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British Council announces 10 Korean Authors for London Book Fair

by Philip Gowman 28 January 2014
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This week the British Council announced the ten Korean Authors that it would be bringing over for the London Book Fair. Their aim was to bring a good mix of names that we might already know from existing translations, and names that have yet to make it into English. We have the following to look […]

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Lee Jung-myung’s The Investigation to get UK publication

by Philip Gowman 27 January 2014
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Coming in time for London Book Fair 2014: The Investigation by Lee Jung-myung. Inspired by a true story, the novel is described as “a captivating mystery and an epic lament for lost freedom and humanity in the darkest of times.” According to The List, the story is based on the life of “poet Yun Dong-ju […]

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Get your translated Korean literature for free on your iPad

by Philip Gowman 14 January 2014
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Thanks to Charles Montogomery at KTLit.com for spreading the word on this free resource available on iTunes, courtesy of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. Chae Man-sik, Yi Sang, Yi Kwang-su and others are represented in the 19-story collection, with more to come later this year. It’s a nice-looking app, with added SNS capabilities. Here’s […]

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In a bookshop yesterday…

by Philip Gowman 7 December 2013
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No, this is not *my* bookshelf (it’s part of the Korean section at the university bookshop yesterday), though I do have a couple of these. I don’t have the yellow one, and don’t propose buying it. But I really recommend Sonia Ryang’s Reading North Korea – a look at how North Korea’s relationship with the […]

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“Leafie” author Hwang Sun-mi to feature in London Book Fair

by Philip Gowman 23 October 2013
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We hear that up to ten Korean authors could be in town for the London Book Fair 2014. And the first name to be confirmed, in a London Book Fair press release issued last week, and reported further in the Korea Times, is Hwang Sun-mi, author of The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, which […]

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