Japanese authors star at the Seoul International Book Fair
The 15th Seoul International Book Fair 2009 is being organized by the Korean Publishers Association.
The theme of the event this year is to be more imaginative and to expand the scope of books and writing.
The event not only includes the display of books but also offers book-themed art and films whose stories are based on already published books.
A total of 836 publishers, including 330 Korean publishers from 20 countries including France, Germany and the United States will be present at the fair.
There will be four sections: domestic, international, book arts and the guest of honor.
This year’s main guest is Japan. Some 232 Japanese publishers are taking part, displaying 2,800 books ranging from literature to comic books.
A number of high-profile Japanese authors including Kaori Ekuni, Shuichi Yoshida and Yoko Kamio will sign autographs during the event.
Ekuni is the writer of “Between Calm and Passion - Rosso,” which was also made into a film.
Kamio is famous for “Boys Over Flowers,” which was turned into TV dramas in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. The show has enjoyed huge popularity recently.
They will meet and talk with Korean authors including Baek Young-ok and Jeong Yi-hyeon.
Korean cartoonist Huh Young-man will also sign autographs to commemorate the publishing of his comic book “Sikgaek” in Japan.
The comic book was turned into a film, “Le Grand Chef.” There will be an exhibition of Japanese calligraphy and kimono, too.
The authors include Han Seung-won, Cho Gyeong-ran and Eun Hee-gyeong. Visitors will be able to enjoy watching 16 films including “The Da Vinci Code” and look at book-themed art and original cover art.
The book fair will continue through Sunday. Admission is 3,000 won ($2.40) for adults and 1,000 won for teens. To reach COEX, go to Samseong subway station, line No. 2, exits 5 or 6. For more information, visit www.sibf.or.kr.