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Book launch: The Korean Book of Happiness

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2023, 18:30
KCCUK | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW | | [Map]

Tickets: Free | Register here

poster for Book of Happiness launch

From the very first moment she set foot in South Korea, Barbara Zitwer, literary agent to some of the most celebrated, prize-winning Korean authors, fell head-over-heels in love, discovering there a renewed sense of happiness and energy.

In this fascinating book, Zitwer shares all that she has learnt about this vibrant country, forged by the philosophies of han, heung and jeong: resilience, joy and the art of giving. The Korean Book of Happiness invites you to explore a beguiling culture and learn how the Korean way can make your life happier and more fulfilled.

Join Barbara to adventure into every corner of South Korea and to celebrate the launch of her book!

About the author

Barbara J. Zitwer is an international literary agent and author of the novel, The J.M. Barrie Ladies’ Swimming Society (2012). As an agent, she specialises in Korean literature and has launched the international careers of some of the most celebrated, prize-winning Korean authors, including: Booker Prize winner, Han Kang, author of The Vegetarian and Man Asian Prize winner, Kyung-sook Shin, author of New York Times bestseller, Please Look After Mom. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two dogs.

About the moderator

Phillip Kim is a South Korean-born American writer and editor in London. His debut novel, Nothing Gained, a financial thriller that draws on his twenty-five years of experience as an investment banker in Asia, was published by Penguin Book Group in March 2013. He lived in Hong Kong for over twenty years before moving to the UK in early 2015. Since 2015, Kim has been co-owner and Managing Editor of the Asia Literary Review. He is on the arts and learning advisory board of London’s Asia House, as well as active in a number of literature events and projects.

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