Korean book industry is 'market focus' of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2011

On 15 – 20 March

ABU DHABI - Worldwide recognition is rapidly growing for The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), the annual event organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage which today attracts exhibitors from across the globe. This year, the Korean Book Industry will be a key focal point for visitors during the six-day event on 15 – 20 March at the city’s National Exhibition Centre.
Monika Krauss, General Manager of Kitab – organisers of the Fair – said: “We’re delighted that Korea is this year’s Market Focus country. Visitors will be able to see the opportunities that the Middle Eastern region and Korea have to offer each other through books, new media and digital publishing.”
Mr Moon, Seung-Hyun, Director International Project Department of the Korean Publishers Association said: “Korean publishers have been expanding their overseas markets. As the Arab book market is still relatively unfamiliar to them, they expect the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will be a good platform for them to promote their books in the Gulf region and also in the rest of the Arab World.”
To demonstrate how many Korean book market opportunities are available to international publishers, several prestigious Korean industry professionals will make presentations at the Fair. They include:
Tuesday 15 March, 17:00 – 18:30, Seung-Hyun Moon, Director, International Project Department, Korean Publishers Association, and eminent Emirati journalist Nasser al Dhaheri will co-host an event that will enable Middle Eastern writers to meet their contemporaries from the Far East. Arab writers will have the opportunity to meet leading Korean authors Munyol Yi and Juyeong Kim and the celebrated Korean poet/publisher Minjeong Kim.
Munyol Yi early works articulate life’s dilemmas and the agony of romantic love, while his later books turn to history, politics and authority, focusing on social problems and the abuse of power. His works, which include Until We’re Happy (1989) and Hail to the Emperor! (2000), have been translated into 15 different languages and published in over 20 countries.
Juyeong Kim is considered to be one of the most entertaining storytellers in Korea. He has won many awards for his writing including the 1993 Republic of Korea Literary Arts Prize and the 2002 Kim Dongri Literature Prize. Two of his major works are A Fisherman Does Not Break the Reed (1988) and The Skate Ray (1998), which sold more than 350,000 copies.
Minjeong Kim is a Korean publisher and award-winning poet. She has published two collections of poetry: The Flying Hedgehog Lass (2005) and She Started to Feel for the First Time (2009). Her poetry is candid, energetic and highly autobiographical.
On Wednesday 16 March, 10.45 – 11.45, a business breakfast will be held, followed by a Korean book market presentation. Seung-Hyun Moon will provide an overview of the Korean Book Industry, in particular, Korean children’s books in the international marketplace.
For further information about the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, please visit www.adbookfair.com