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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.

If you know about any titles you think we should be tracking, please let us know via the form at the bottom of this page. We can only log the titles we know about, so do tell!

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Korean Wild Geese Families: Gender, Family, Social, and Legal Dynamics of Middle-Class Asian Transnational Families in North America
Se Hwa Lee
Lexington Books

From the publisher’s website: Korean Wild Geese Families: Gender, Family, Social, and Legal Dynamics of Middle-Class Asian Transnational Families in North America explores the experiences of middle-class Korean transnational families, whose mothers and children migrate abroad for children’s education while fathers remain in Korea and economically support their families, throughout transnational separation: before separation, during separation, […] (Amazon link)

Jun 2021

North Korea in a Nutshell: A Contemporary Overview
Kongdan Oh, Ralph Hassig
Rowman + Littlefield

From the publisher’s website: This thoughtful book provides a concise introduction to North Korea. Two leading experts, Kongdan Oh and Ralph Hassig, trace the country’s history from its founding in 1948 and describe the many facets of its political, economic, social, and cultural life. The authors illuminate a hidden nation dominated by three generations of […] (Amazon link)

Jun 2021

Cursed Bunny
Chung Bora tr Anton Hur
Honford Star

From the publisher’s website: Cursed Bunny is a genre-defying collection of short stories by Korean author Bora Chung. Blurring the lines between magical realism, horror, and science-fiction, Chung uses elements of the fantastic and surreal to address the very real horrors and cruelties of patriarchy and capitalism in modern society. Anton Hur’s translation skilfully captures […] (Amazon link)

Jul 2021

William Franklin Sands in Late Choson Korea, 1896–1904: At the Deathbed of Empire
Wayne Patterson
Lexington Books

From the publisher’s website: After graduation from Georgetown University in 1896, William Franklin Sands joined the US diplomatic corps as second secretary in Tokyo. His year there sparked his interest in East Asia, so when a position in Korea opened, he took it, with the help of his influential father, an admiral in the US […] (Amazon link)

Jul 2021

The Korean War and Postmemory Generation: Contemporary Korean Arts and Films
Dong-Yeon Koh

From the publisher’s website: This pioneering volume navigates cultural memory of the Korean War through the lens of contemporary arts and film in South Korea. Cultural memory of the Korean War has been a subject of persistent controversy in the forging of South Korean postwar national and ideological identity. Applying the theoretical notion of ‘postmemory’, […] (Amazon link)

Jul 2021

Interviews with North Korean Defectors: From Kim Shin-jo to Thae Yong-ho
Adam Zulawnik, Lim Il tr Adam Zulawnik

From the publisher’s website: Originally compiled and written by North Korean defector and author Lim Il, this English-language edition, thoroughly annotated by Dr. Adam Zulawnik, is a fascinating collection of thirty-four interviews with highly prominent North Korean defectors residing in South Korea, ranging from religious figures, to artists, politicians, North Korea experts, and even divers […] (Amazon link)

Jul 2021

Surviving Imperial Intrigues: Korea’s Struggle for Neutrality amid Empires, 1882–1907
Sangpil Jin
University of Hawai'i Press

From the publisher’s website: In Surviving Imperial Intrigues, Sangpil Jin explores how successful Korean neutralization could have radically transformed the balance of power equation in East Asia. He conducted multilocational archival work, analyzing documents from the Austro-Hungarian Empire Ministry of Foreign Affairs, British Foreign Office, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Foreign Office, Japanese Ministry of Foreign […] (Amazon link)

Jul 2021

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

From the publisher’s website: A sweeping account of imprisonment—in time, in language, and in a divided country—from Korea’s most acclaimed novelist In 1993, writer and democracy activist Hwang Sok-yong was sentenced to five years in the Seoul Detention Center. Hwang’s imprisonment forced him to consider the many prisons to which he was subject—of thought, of […] (Amazon link)

Aug 2021

Literature and Cultural Identity during the Korean War: Comparing North and South Korean Writing
Jerôme de Wit

Through an in-depth analysis of wartime essays and literary works, Literature and Cultural Identity during the Korean War considers the similarities and differences in the way that writers from both North and South Korea perceived and experienced the conflict. In this book, Jerôme de Wit examines the social impact of major themes in the output […] (Amazon link)

Aug 2021

Painter of the Wind
Lee Jung-myung tr Hannah Pang
Harriet Press

From the publisher’s website: A heart-wrenching and gripping novel with over a million copies sold! Painter of the Wind is a masterful novel that was adapted into a popular, award winning South Korean TV series. This gem of a book also delights readers with a rare collection of thirty-four colour paintings, including Shin Yun-bok’s Portrait of a […]

Aug 2021

The Encyclopedia of Daily Life: A Woman’s Guide to Living in Late-Chosŏn Korea
Lady Yi tr Kil Cha, Michael J Pettid
University of Hawai'i Press

From the publisher’s website: This volume is a fully annotated translation of an early nineteenth-century encyclopedia, the Kyuhap ch’ongsŏ (The Encyclopedia of Daily Life). Written by Lady Yi (1759-1824) as a household management aid for her daughters and daughters-in-law, the work is a treasure trove of information on how women of higher status in the […] (Amazon link)

Aug 2021

Magic Candies
Baek Heena tr Sophie Bowman
Amazon Crossing

From the Amazon website: A quirky story about finding your voice, from internationally acclaimed author Heena Baek. Tong Tong could never have imagined what everyone around him was thinking. But when he gets hold of some magic candies, suddenly there are voices everywhere. He can hear how his couch feels, what upsets his dog, that […] (Amazon link)

Sep 2021

The Waiting
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim tr Janet Hong
Drawn + Quarterly

From the publisher’s website: The story begins with a mother’s confession…sisters permanently separated by a border during the Korean War Keum Suk Gendry-Kim was an adult when her mother revealed a family secret: She had been separated from her sister during the Korean War. It’s not an uncommon story–the peninsula was split across the 38th […] (Amazon link)

Sep 2021

On Translating Modern Korean Poetry
Anna Yates-Lu, Baek Seok, Choe Yongseok, Choi Jeongrye, Choi Seung-ja, Ha Jongoh, Jieun Kiaer, Jin Eun-young, Kim Hyesoon, Kim Ki-taek, Kim Sijong, Kim Sowol, Kwon Soonja, Lee Geunbae, Lee Hae-in, Lee Jang-wook, Lee Jeongnok, Lee Seong-bok, Mattho Mandersloot, Na Hye-seok, Noh Cheonmyeong, Oh Kyu-won, Pak Mog-weol, Yoo Anjin tr Anna Yates-Lu, Jieun Kiaer, Mattho Mandersloot

From the publisher’s website: On Translating Modern Korean Poetry is a research monograph exploring the intricacies and complexities of translating modern Korean poetry. This monograph highlights the difficulties entailed in translating Korean poetry, due to the lexical, structural, social, expressive and attitudinal levels with which the translator must be engaged. Featuring all-new translations, this book explores […] (Amazon link)

Sep 2021

The Candlelight Movement, Democracy, and Communication in Korea
Chuyun Oh, Hojeong Lee, Huikyong Pang, Hun Shik Kim, Jiwoon Yulee, JongHwa Lee, Jungwon Kim, Yong-Chan Kim, Youllee Kim

From the publisher’s website: This book examines key features, problems and implications of the 2016-2017 Candlelight Movement, a historical cornerstone for democracy and social movements in South Korea. The Candlelight Movement brought profound social changes with important lessons and questions for scholars, practitioners, activists, and the public. To examine the full complexity of the movement, […] (Amazon link)

Sep 2021

Sound of the Border: Music and Identity of Korean Minority Nationality in China
Sunhee Koo
University of Hawai'i Press

From the publisher’s website: Using ethnographic data collected in China and South Korea between 2004 and 2011, Sound of the Border provides a comprehensive view of the music of Koreans in China (Chaoxianzu), from its time as manifestation of a displaced culture to its return home after more than a century of amalgamation and change in China. […] (Amazon link)

Sep 2021

Kwon Yeo-sun tr Janet Hong
Head of Zeus, Other Press

From the publisher’s website: ‘A haunting literary crime story … Razor-sharp observations of class, gender and privilege in contemporary Korea’ Cosmopolitan In the summer of 2002, nineteen-year-old Kim Hae-on was murdered in what became known as the High School Beauty Murder. There were two suspects: Shin Jeongjun, who had a rock-solid alibi, and Han Manu, to […] (Amazon link)

Oct 2021

The Cabinet
Kim Un-su tr Sean Lin Hilbert
Angry Robot

From the publisher’s website: Winner of the Munhakdongne Novel Award, South Korea’s most prestigious literary prize. Cabinet 13 looks exactly like any normal filing cabinet…Except this cabinet is filled with files on the ‘symptomers’, humans whose strange abilities and bizarre experiences might just mark the emergence of a new species. But to Kong, the harried […] (Amazon link)

Oct 2021

Song of Arirang: The Story of a Korean Rebel Revolutionary in China
Kim San, Nym Wales tr Dongyoun Hwang

From the publisher’s website: Song of Arirang tells the true story of Korean revolutionary Kim San (Jang Jirak), who left colonized Korea as a teenager to fight against Japanese imperialism and fought alongside Mao’s Red Army during the Chinese Revolution. First published in 1941, this remarkably intimate memoir (as told to the American journalist Nym […] (Amazon link)

Oct 2021

Love in the Big City
Park Sang-young tr Anton Hur
Tilted Axis

From the publisher’s website: Love in the Big City is an energetic, joyful, and moving novel that depicts both the glittering nighttime world of Seoul and the bleary-eyed morning-after. Young is a cynical yet fun-loving Korean student who pinballs from home to class to the beds of recent Tinder matches. He and Jaehee, his female best […] (Amazon link)

Oct 2021

Hegemonic Mimicry: Korean Popular Culture of the Twenty-First Century
Kyung Hyun Kim
Duke University Press

From the publisher’s website: In Hegemonic Mimicry, Kyung Hyun Kim considers the recent global success of Korean popular culture—the Korean wave of pop music, cinema, and television also known as hallyu—from a transnational and transcultural perspective. Using the concept of mimicry to think through hallyu’s adaptation of American sensibilities and genres, he shows how the commercialization […] (Amazon link)

Oct 2021

Carving Status at Kŭmgangsan: Elite Graffiti in Premodern Korea
Maya KH Stiller
University of Washington Press

From the publisher’s website: North Korea’s Kŭmgangsan is one of Asia’s most celebrated sacred mountain ranges, comparable in fame to Mount Tai in China and Mount Fuji in Japan. Carving Status at Kŭmgangsan marks a paradigm shift in the research about East Asian mountains by introducing an entirely new field: autographic rock graffiti. The book details how […] (Amazon link)

Nov 2021

Invented Traditions in North and South Korea
Andreas Schirmer, Andrew Miles Logie, Don Baker, Eunseon Kim, Jan Creutzenberg, Keith Howard, Laurel Kendall, Maria Osetrova, Robert Winstanley-Chesters
University of Hawai'i Press

From the publisher’s website: Almost forty years after the publication of Hobsbawm and Ranger’s The Invention of Tradition, the subject of invented traditions—cultural and historical practices that claim a continuity with a distant past but which are in fact of relatively recent origin—is still relevant, important, and highly contentious. Invented Traditions in North and South Korea examines the ways […] (Amazon link)

Nov 2021

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 2021

Table for One: Stories
Yun Ko-eun tr Lizzie Buehler
Columbia University Press

From the publisher’s website: An office worker who has no one to eat lunch with enrolls in a course that builds confidence about eating alone. A man with a pathological fear of bedbugs offers up his body to save his building from infestation. A time capsule in Seoul is dug up hundreds of years before […] (Amazon link)

Jan 2022

The Penguin Book of Korean Short Stories
Han Kang, Hwang Sok-yong, Kim Young-ha, Park Wan-suh, Yi Mun-yol, Yi Sang tr Bruce Fulton

From the publisher’s website: This eclectic, moving and wonderfully enjoyable collection is the essential introduction to Korean literature. Journeying through Korea’s dramatic twentieth century, from the Japanese occupation and colonial era, to the devastating war between north and south and the rapid, disorienting urbanization of later decades, The Penguin Book of Korean Short Stories captures a […] (Amazon link)

Feb 2022

Bruised Fruit
Gu Byeong-mo tr Kim Chi-young

“The sixty-something female killer Hornclaw, who’s been making a living as a professional killer, might come off as an ordinary woman at first sight, but is an intimidating person with quite the muscle and ammunition. I couldn’t hope for a better heroine–a truly powerful character with an aging human body.” (Amazon link)

Feb 2022

Shin Kyung-sook tr Anton Hur
Feminist Press, Weidenfeld + Nicolson

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.

Mar 2022

The Korean Cinema Book
Julian Stringer, Nikki Lee

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)

Mar 2023

This list can only contain the books we know about. So if you’re aware of an upcoming book that we should be tracking, whether fiction or non-fiction, let us know about it. If it’s literature in translation, we’ll definitely add it. If it’s non-fiction, we’ll probably add it, but reserve the right to politely decline because hours in the day, and database space, are finite resources.