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Seoul’s annual French book fair is opening today, with more selections than ever. The fair is getting a boost as the French Embassy celebrates the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Seoul and Paris.
This is the fourth year that the “Salon du Livre Franco-Coreen” will be held here. The fair not only offers newly released French works, but also sells them for less than half the price in local bookstores.
“This year’s book fair is going to be twice the size it used to be,” said Kim Joo-no, a staff member at the Embassy of France in Korea and an organizer of the event. “Korea is one of the biggest importers and translators of French publications,” something he said French publishers have noticed.
At the fair, Mr. Kim said, visitors will find over 4,000 books in French and some that have been translated into Korean. All books will have a discount of 30 to 70 percent.
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Aside from the book-shopping opportunities, famous French cartoonists and children’s book authors will be here for book-signings. Three cartoonists ― Guillaume Bouzard, Tanquerelle and Vanyda ― have been acknowledged by the Angouleme International Cartoon Festival.
The book-signing event will be open everyday from 2 to 5 p.m. through Sunday.
A writing class will also be offered. On Sunday, Pierre Assouline, the author of “Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Biography,” “Lutetia: Roman” and “Discovering Impressionism: The Life and Times of Paul Durand-ruel” will give a lecture about his works and share his thoughts on blogging.
A photo display will show the works of Gaston Leroux, a late playwright and a journalist, who visited Korea in 1905 when he was a war correspondent to report on the Russo-Japanese war, part of which took place around Incheon.
His book, “Les heros de Chemulpo,” or “Heroes of Chemulpo,” was translated into Korean for the first time this year and will also be on sale, the organizers said.


by Lee Min-a

The fourth “Salon du Livre Franco-Coreen” starts today and will run throughout the weekend at the Samsung Raemian Gallery in Anguk-dong, northern Seoul. The fair is open every day from 10 a.m. and to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery can be reached from Anguk station, line no. 3, exit 4. For more information, call (02) 317-8521
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