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

My Brilliant Life
Kim Aeran (김애란) tr Kim Chi-young
Forge

“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

Tower
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 (정영문) 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

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

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 Prisoner
Hwang Sok-yong (황석영) tr Sora Kim-Russell
Verso

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

Nov 2021

Shoko’s Smile
Choi Eun-young tr Sung Ryu
Penguin

(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