Friday, July 22, 2011

Meet authors in summer vacation

Summer might be thought of as the perfect season for reading books as people escape to the beaches and mountains and sit back and relax with a good book. With vacation time available, there is no better time for reading.

To help readers choose the summer reading selections, branches of Kyobo Bookstore, the nation’s largest book shop, has launched a special program for the summer vacation.

Kyobo’s Gwanghwamun branch will hold autograph events in which celebrated authors will meet their fans. On July 23, comedians Park Jun-hyung, Oh Ji-heon and Yoon Seok-ju, who co-wrote “Gagmen’s Health,” will hold an autograph event at 2 p.m. The book reveals their exercise secrets and dietary habits and how they have transformed their lives as well as their figures.

At 3 p.m. on the same day, Chung Yu-jeong, author of “Nights of Seven Years,” which has sold more than 100,000 copies in the three months since its release, will meet her fans in the guseojae section. She has been selected as “The Author of July” at the Gwanghwamun branch. The novel is divided into two parts in a story-within-a-story format. The story revolves around a son whose father is a murderer. The son hears that his father was executed and his father’s death takes his son to the crime seven years ago. Also, in the story-within-a-story format, a man who kills a little girl goes crazy and a victim whose daughter was killed by the man takes revenge on the murderer’s son.

On July 24, celebrated baseball player Yang Jun-hyuk, author of “Run! As If Now Is the Last Moment,” will hold an autograph signing event. In this book, the retired player who has entered the entertainment industry candidly shares his personal failures and frustrations rather than his successes as a baseball player. He pens his philosophy — honesty and loyalty — earned through his athletic career.

On the same day, Ko Un, one of the most acclaimed poets in Korea, who has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature several times, will appear at 3 p.m. He has recently released “Sanghwa Sipyeon.” “Sanghwa Sipyeon” is Ko’s first poet collection about love in his 53-year career. Consisting of 118 poems about love, the collection is dedicated to his wife, Lee Sang-hwa. The poems are about his wedding ceremony 28 years ago and the happiness he gets from his wife and his ongoing love for her.

Announcer Sohn Mina who wrote “Who Drew Mimoja?” will sign autographs for her fans at 2 p.m. on July 30. The novel is her first literature work except for previous travel guide books. The novel is about four women and men who are from different backgrounds and fall in love with each other.

In the Gangnam branch, Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura will meet her fans at 1 p.m. on July 23. Nakamura is gaining popularity in Korea for her books such as “Three.” The novel depicts a genius pickpocket who accepts a suspicious suggestion from a man who artfully commits heinous crimes. The author writes about solitude and agony through the main character who is left alone in society and used by others.

Renowned writer Choi In-ho who recently published a new novel “The City for Familiar Strangers” will meet his fans at 2 p.m. July 23. The novel was written while Choi was fighting cancer. The book is regarded as a landmark for his writing career with his literary styles.

Kyobo Bookstore has spearheaded providing electronic services for readers as information technology gadgets such as smartphones and tablet PCs are changing the landscape of the local publishing industry. The bookstore operates an online interview program titled “Real-Time Interview” connecting readers with authors through visual content.

On July 22, Chin Jung-kwon, social critic and professor, who wrote “Western Art History” was featured in the interview program. Readers can watch the videos through their mobile phones and communicate with authors by making real-time comments. Singers Ugene, Park Jae-beom and actress Jeon Hye-bin previously took part in the interview program and professor Jung Jae-seung and author Jo Kyung-ran appeared and received rave responses from online fans.

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