Cheon Myung-kwan is definitely author of the month – he’s appearing at Asia House in May as well as being the subject of this month’s Korean Literature Night. The novel was made into the movie Boomerang Family by director Song Hae-sung, which was the closing gala screening of the 2013 London Korean Film Festival.
Korean Literature Night: Cheon Myung-kwan’s Modern Family
The Korean Literature Night (KLN) is a monthly discussion group and in April we will read Modern Family by Cheon Myung-kwan. Fast paced and imaginative, Modern Family introduces English-speaking readers to a bright new voice in world literature.
Event Date: Thurs 28 April 2016, 18:30-20:30
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre UK
Entrance Free – Booking Essential
Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details by Thursday 7th April 2016, 14.00.
The booking system utilises a lottery based programme that picks names at random, once the final selection has been drawn we will send you an e-mail regarding the result of the selection.
Available Seats: 15
Moderator: Daniel Hahn (British writer, editor and translator)
You can pick up a copy of the book from the KCCUK, once you have received your confirmation e-mail.
About the Book– Modern Family
Forty-year-old In-mo, a movie director who’s been unable to find a work after his first film was a colossal flop, realizes his only option is to move in with his widowed mother. His older brother, who already has five criminal convictions, has already moved into the small apartment. Then younger sister Mi-yeon, whose husband has thrown her out of the house for cheating on him, arrives with her bratty, rebellious fifteen-year-old daughter. The neighbours watch and gossip as this dysfunctional modern family tries to adapt to their circumstances..
About the Author– Cheon Myong-kwan
One of Korea’s most accomplished young writers, Choen Myong-kwan worked as a screenwriter before turning to fiction. He made his literary debut in 2003 with his short story Frank and Me, which won the Munhakdongne New Writer Award. A year later, his first novel, The Queen of Red Bricks, was praised for being “an exceptional, fully realized novel of epic proportions with a sophisticated structure that explores the very limits of narrative potential.”
He resides in Seoul, where he continues to write both screenplays and fiction.
If you’re not lucky in the lottery, you can still get the book from Amazon in preparation for the Asia House event.
(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.