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Upcoming books

Here are the upcoming Korea-related books that we’re particularly looking forward to – both fiction and non-fiction. There are probably loads more that we should be looking forward to, if only we knew about them. Sorted by anticipated publication date.

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The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea
Hwisang Cho
University of Washington Press

The invention of an easily learned Korean alphabet in the mid-fifteenth century sparked an “epistolary revolution” in the following century as letter writing became an indispensable daily practice for elite men and women alike. The amount of correspondence increased exponentially as new epistolary networks were built among scholars and within families, and written culture created […] (Amazon link)

Nov 2020

Painter of the Wind
Lee Jung-myung
Harriet Press

Synopsis not available. Here’s all we know from the publisher’s website: Jung-Myung Lee is the author of Painter of the Wind (forthcoming, December 2020), which has sold over a million copies in South Korea and was adapted into a successful TV series. A celebrated writer of historical fiction, Lee’s books have sold millions in South Korea. Other […]

Dec 2020

20 Years 20 Days: Reflections from Prison
Shin Young-bok
Meredith Victory

Exact publication date not known. Visit the publisher’s website for up-to-date info Reflections from Prison is a collection of  letters and essays from renowned Korean thinker Shin Young-Bok written during his 20 years as a political prisoner under the military government. ​The letters range from post cards to tiny characters squeezed onto his Army Prison daily […]

Dec 2020

My Brilliant Life
Kim Aeran tr Kim Chi-young

“A moving, earnest, and deeply-felt exploration of a unique family in all its joys and disappointments . . . an utter delight.” —Claire Lombardo, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had My Brilliant Life explores family bonds and out-of-the-ordinary friendships, interweaving the past and present of a tight-knit family, finding joy and happiness in even the […] (Amazon link)

Jan 2021

Bae Myung-hoon tr Sung Ryu
Honford Star

Tower is a series of interconnected stories set in Beanstalk, a 674-story skyscraper and sovereign nation. Each story deals with how citizens living in the hypermodern high-rise deal with various influences of power in their lives: a group of researchers have to tell their boss that a major powerbroker is a dog, a woman uses […] (Amazon link)

Feb 2021

Arriving in a Thick Fog
Jung Young-moon tr Jeffrey Karvonen, Mah Eunji
Deep Vellum

The four novellas in Arriving in a Thick Fog typify renowned Korean cult writer Jung Young Moon’s emphasis not on events, but on the meticulous and convoluted paths the narrator’s minds take as they navigate through life. Through a deep, filterless gaze into the narrator’s heads, Jung shares thorough musings that manage to be both spontaneous and […] (Amazon link)

Feb 2021

I’m Waiting for You: And Other Stories
Kim Bo-young tr Sophie Bowman
Harper Voyager

In “I’m Waiting for You” and “On My Way,” an engaged couple coordinate their separate missions to distant corners of the galaxy to ensure–through relativity–they can arrive back on Earth simultaneously to make it down the aisle. But small incidents wreak havoc on space and time, driving their wedding date further away. As centuries on […] (Amazon link)

Apr 2021

Lee Soho tr So J Lee
Open Letter

Description not yet available from publisher

Apr 2021

On the Origin of Species and Other Stories
Kim Bo-young tr Joungmin Lee Comfort, Sora Kim-Russell

The debut English-language collection of one of South Korea’s most distinctive and accomplished sci-fi authors Straddling science fiction, fantasy and myth, the writings of award-winning author Bo-Young Kim have garnered a cult following in South Korea, where she is widely acknowledged as a pioneer and inspiration. On the Origin of Species makes available for the […]

Apr 2021

The Korean Cinema Book


Publisher description: The volume provides the first detailed and authoritative overview of Korean cinema history, and in so doing develops new historical and critical understandings of Korean cinema from the period of Japanese colonial rule to the present day, with two very different cinematic traditions in this divided peninsula. The contributed chapters approach the subject […] (Amazon link)

Jul 2021

Late Rainy Season Vacation
Park Sang-young tr Anton Hur
Tilted Axis

Exact 2021 publication date not known According to an interview with the author by the translator, It’s what we call an “omnibus novel” in Korea, where a set of short stories are loosely connected to each other to form a larger narrative. As to what it’s about . . . if I may be a […]

Oct 2021

To the Warm Horizon
Choi Jin-young tr So J Lee
Honford Star

Exact 2021 publication date not available Description not yet available from publisher

Oct 2021

The Prisoner
Hwang Sok-yong tr Anton Hur, Sora Kim-Russell

Hwang Sok-yong’s autobiographical work. Expected sometime in 2021. Can’t wait for this one!

Nov 2021

Cursed Bunny
Chung Bora tr Anton Hur
Honford Star

Exact 2021 publication date not known

Dec 2021

Shoko’s Smile
Choi Eun-young tr Sung Ryu

(exact 2021 publication date not confirmed) An award-winning debut from Choi Eunyoung, Shoko’s Smile is a collection of five short stories and two novellas that explore the joys and heartbreaks of human relationships as they blossom and wither. Largely following the nuanced relationships of women—between friends, lovers, and family—the book is a microscopic, almost obsessive, […]

Dec 2021

Shin Kyung-sook tr Anton Hur
Feminist Press

Exact 2022 publication date not known NYT-bestselling author of PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM and winner of the International Man Booker Prize Kyung-Sook Shin’s VIOLET, about a young woman who works in a flower shop and has been shunned by her female high school lover, which sets her apart from society and the world of Seoul.

Jan 2022