10 things to read before the London Book Fair

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The London Book Fair is nearly upon us, and as you well know: the more you put in to something, the more you get out. So here is your preparatory reading (and listening) list:

  1. The April edition of Words without Borders: a Korea special, including works by Shin Kyung-sook, Kim Young-ha and Han Kang (all present at the LBF) in translations by Brother Anthony, Sora Kim-Russell and Deborah Smith among others.
  2. South Korea: Writing on the edge — Sameer Rahim in the Telegraph (1 April 2014)
  3. The Guardian‘s Claire Armitstead hosts Korean literature – books podcast (28 March 2014)
  4. Brother Anthony advises on How to understand Korean poetry on the British Council website (27 March 2014)
  5. Brother Anthony writes A brief history of Korean literature on the British Council website (18 March 2014)
  6. Features, interviews and event links for the 10 Korean authors attending the fair, on the British Council website: Kim Insuk | Yoon Tae-ho | Hwang Sun-mi | Kim Young-ha | Yi Mun-yol | Hwang Sok-yong | Han Kang | Lee Seung-U | Kim Hyesoon | Shin Kyung-sook
  7. The chronological list of upcomg #LBFKorea events; all LKL’s #LBFKorea-related posts; and #LBFKorea on Twitter
  8. LKL’s articles on the featured authors: Kim Insuk | Yoon Tae-ho | Hwang Sun-mi | Kim Young-ha | Yi Mun-yol | Hwang Sok-yong | Han Kang | Lee Seung-U | Kim Hyesoon | Shin Kyung-sook
  9. And if you’ve still got time, included in the materials in (6) and (8) above are links to information about, and reviews of, works by many of the authors, available in English translation, which you can order from your local bookstore, most of whom should be able to get the book to you faster than Amazon.
  10. Oh, and of course there’s the London Book Fair website itself, where you should pre-register if you haven’t already, and Charles Mongomery’s articles related to #LBFKorea on KTLit.com.

That’s more than 10 things, but then you’re not reading Upworthy here: this is serious stuff. Follow up the links and browse at will.

See you next week.

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