The estimable What the Book in Itaewon invited author Krys Lee (who wrote the epic and sometimes harrowing Drifting House) to give a reading and it was standing room only in the space between the counter and the racks of books. It was so crowded that author Lee read standing up, surrendering her chair to the audience.^^
Attendees included some rather famous folks in the field of Korean translated literature including Stephen Epstein who translated The Long Road by Kim In-suk and Sora Kim-Russell who recently translated Pak Min-gyu’s Is That So? I’m a Giraffe for the Asia Literary Review.
After a short introduction by Penguin Group representative Jeeyeon Oh, Lee introduced herself and read two short passages from her book.
The first passage was from the relatively lighthearted At the Edge of The World, and shaky camera in shaky hand, I filmed it:
Lee read one other section and then it was question time, including a question about Lee’s next work, to which she responded:
A grand time was had by all, and I hope that What The Book does more events like this in the future..
Here is a picture of the crowd..