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    04/03/2018 to 04/05/2018
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Author Hwang Jungeun Focus of Tokyo Literary Events
The Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) (President: Kim Sa-in) held a publication event for novelist Hwang Jungeun in Tokyo, Japan, from April 3rd to 5th. The event was centered on Amudo Anin (Someone Who is No One), and Savage Alice, which were both published in Japan earlier this year. Hwang met with local readers and was interviewed by members of the Japanese press.
Amudo Anin (Someone Who is No One), published in Japan in February, was the focus book for the session on April 3rd. About 40 readers attended the book club event at Tokyo’s bookstore district of Jinbo-cho. The book is the first of Hwang’s short story anthologies to be published in the country, and the fourth in the ‘Gifts from Korean Literature’ series that Shobunsha has been publishing since the second half of 2017 under an agreement with LTI Korea. Literary critic Kuramoto Saori, and Saito Mariko, the translator of the book, joined the event, allowing for an in-depth discussion with readers.
The event on April 4th celebrated the publication of Savage Alice in Japan with a talk session with readers at the Kinokuniya bookstore in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The event was titled ‘At the Forefront of Korean Literature: Literature and Society Today’, where Hwang was again joined by translator and poet Saito Mariko as she spoke with over 50 publishers, readers, and members of the press. Attendance at the event required pre-registration online through the bookstore and publisher, with seats filling up only days after registration began.
Hwang wrapped up her schedule on the 5th on the rooftop of Kawade Shobo Shinsha, the Japanese publisher of Savage Alice, giving interview with members of prominent press including the Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Nikkei newspapers. Increasing interest in Hwang’s work, along with Kim Young-ha’s recent victory at the Japan Translation Prize for his novel Salinjaui Gieokbeop(A Murderer’s Guide to Memorization), shows that Korean literature will continue to gain popularity in Japan this year.

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