The Seoul Book Fair is this Week and KTLIT has a schedule in English!

SIBFOnce again it is time for the awesome Seoul Book Fair (Wednesday October, 7 through the 11th), and once again the website in English hasn’t bothered to put up the program. So, KTLIT is stepping in to make a quick and dirty translation of the presentation program. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be the same focus on authors as in years past, but it is still a pretty nice fair to visit.

For people who don’t speak Korean, the biggies to make sure NOT to miss are Hwang Sun-mi, the author of The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, and long-standing icon of Korean literature Yi Mun-yol (Our Twisted Hero, Pilon’s Pig, The Poet, An Appointment With My Brother, and several works published in magazines or online.). You will note that Hwang appears several times during the festival, and Yi is on Sunday the 11th. Both definitely worth checking out, and in past Fairs all authors have graciously hung around for autograph sessions.

Also worth checking out is the booth by the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, which has dozens, if not hundreds, of books in translation for your perusal, and a staff that speaks Korean, English, and some other languages as well.

If books won’t hold your attention too long, there are also brilliant booths demonstrating cover design, pop-up book design, unusual book design, calligraphy – basically literature as art.In the schedule I have left out things like the Publisher’s Colloquium, and at the top have listed all the author meetings, with particular note on those who have works translated into English (see the purple text). The authors usually sign autographs after their sessions, and are often charmingly surprised to see non-Koreans at their events.

The complete schedule is below this slideshow from two years ago:

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SCHEDULE

Wednesday the Seventh

ROOM 403

1:30 – 3:00
Tateno Akira: Lecture on the establishment of diplomatic relations

3:30 – 4:30
유제환, 전소연: LOL – Something having to do with animation?

5 – 6:30
George Conte and Stephan Soria (Here I am guessing the Romanizations, and a Google search doesn’t reveal much).

ROOM 203

2 – 3:30
임동근 (City of Life and Death)

4 – 5:30
피터 어스본 A publisher, apparently

ROOM 208

1:30-2:30
황선미 Hwang Sun-Mi The Hen Who Thought She Could Fly

3:30-4:30
Oliver Publishing House

4:30-5:30
이수지 (A picture book of pleasures (Dragons))

Thursday the eighth

ROOM 203

11 – 12:30 Hwang Sun-Mi The Hen Who Thought She Could Fly

2 – 2:30
Kim Yun-duk: adult writing classes

3 – 4:30
Why do you Read a Book?

5 – 6:30
임진모 Pop Music’s Soft Power


ROOM 201

10:30 – 12
정여울 – Dreaming of Traveling Humanely or When the Traveler is Dreaming of Humanities

12:30 – 2
Marco d’Eramo (this is an utter guess from the Romanization) – How the City Has Killed Art

2:30 – 4 박상진 750’th Anniversary of Dante’s Birth.

4:30 – 6
명로진 The Pleasure of Reading the Classics


ROOM 208

10:30-11:30
이상희 : 그림책, 맛있게 먹는 법 (Picture books: The Pleasure of Eating)

12 – 1
이호백 Create Fun and Artistic Images in Children’s Books (Funny Faces)

1:30 – 2:30
이호백 Creating Square Image Folding Children’s Books (Funny Faces)

3 – 4
김의향: Why Read? The Power of Imagination that Cannot Come from Texbooks
4:30 – 5:30
이옥수 Teen Storyteller’s tale: “Finding My Inner Teen”


Friday the ninth

ROOM 203

10:30 – 12
신병주 Heroes and Shipbuilding: The diaries of General Lee

12:30 – 2
Mariuccia Ciotta and Roberto Silvestri

2:30 – 4
성석제: The reason we’re invisible

4:30 – 6
[Artist’s den] <1961> North-concert (new spring publishing house) – I HAVE TO ADMIT I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS MEANS.^^

 ROOM 201

11 – 12:30
Author Roberto Carne (Another exciting guess based on Romanization)

1 – 2
Lecture: Children with Nature; Observing Nature

2 – 3:30
지영석: Digitization of the publishing industry and the future of the publishing industry in Korea

4 – 5:30
Flavio Santi: “Write about your town, then you’ll gain universality”

6 – 6:30
Cho Jae-min: ‘ American Express ‘ late-night conversations with the artist (Yi Seo Won)

ROOM 208

10:30 -11:30
이루리: Play With Picture Books

12 – 1
Let’s write better!

1:30 – 2:30
Hwang Sun-mi (again!)

3 – 5:30

Something grand, I’m sure.. but I can’t figure it out: Perhaps a quiz/lecture by김서윤?^^
[체험] 「사회는 쉽다!」 퀴즈 대회 / [강연] 김서윤: 우리가 사회를 공부하는 진짜 이유 (비룡소)


Saturday the tenth

Room 203

11 -12:30
정용실 : Open All Possible Doors

1 – 2:30
Yes, Yes(!), YES it’s Hwang Sun-mi AGAIN!

3 – 4:30
김난주: The Translation of Tomorrow

5 – 6:30
이승우: Talks About Being an Author

7 – 7:30
Creating the next generation of E-books (probably pimping a particular software)

ROOM 201

10:30 -12
Giuseppe Bronzini: “Europe’s dream is a nightmare?” An introduction for Korea

12:30 -2
말레네 뤼달 (This is a non-Korean author, but I can’t figure out the Romanization): Denmark like People (?)

2:30 – 4
LOL – No idea

4:30 – 6
김원중: Fraud seen through people’s success, Koreaㅇ strategy-the story of Titus and those who stand up for themselves

6:30 – 8
강양구: New science communication, science’s ability.


ROOM 208

10:30 – 11:30
[Lecture] 조성자: The Book Grew Me

12 – 1
Obstinate Father, With Mom Makes our House (LOL.. maybe?)

1:30 -2:30
[Reading] Popular children’s books, in English, United States (United States Embassy)

3 – 4
Making a fairy tale pop-up book “Grew up with the Rabbit”
4:30 – 5:30
이태수: You don’t have to go far to see nature in your head, you can see lots of it nearby

6 – 7
이경애: I also have designed a children’s books


Sunday the eleventh

ROOM 203

11 – 12:30
Yi Mun-yol Reading !!! Our Twisted Hero, Pilon’s Pig, The Poet, An Appointment With My Brother

1 – 2:30
실비아 브레 & 고은 / Sylvia Burae and Ko Un!!: Your Reality is my Art

3 – 4:30
Theatre project coffee: Korean literature reading concert (new spring publishing house)

ROOM 201

10:30 – 11:30
Korea and Nepalese Coffee

11:30 – 12:30
LOL.. more on “beautiful coffee”

1 – 2
김정운: Editing Kim Jung-Woon’s compilations

2:30 – 4
hmmmm… Broadcaster Awards (Very uncertain about this one)

ROOM 208

10:30 – 11:30
Playing with paper decoration

12 – 1
김석신:  Find my career in food – delicious food culture

1:30 – 2:30

[Experience) 남동윤: Children’s comics in the classroom

3-4
Traveling the world, learning English by making characters into drawings