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Kim Sagwa is one of South Korea’s most acclaimed emerging writers. She is the author of several novels, story collections, and works of nonfiction, and has been shortlisted for several major South Korean awards, including the Munji Prize and the Young Writers Award. Kim contributes columns to two major Seoul newspapers, and she co-translated John Freeman's book How to Read a Novelist into Korean.
October 10, 2018 - October 19, 2018

Mina Author Tour with Kim Sagwa

Brooklyn | Chicago | Minneapolis | San Francisco | Los Angeles | Houston | Seattle

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Kim Sagwa travels to 7 cities to talk about Mina, translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton.


Praise for Mina

“Kim Sagwa is South Korea’s young, brilliant, fearless writer. In Mina, Kim has created a frenzied language of three teenagers—Mina, Minho, and Crystal—living in ‘P City,’ which in Korean sounds the same as ‘Blood City.’ Beneath the immaculately manicured middle-class affluence, chandelier glitter, free-market economy, and Western cultural hegemony runs the blood of Korea’s dictatorial conformity and historical fratricide. The trio are hollow teenagers in the age of globalization—they mirror one another, reflecting, deflecting, and signaling their helplessness and hatred for the world that has created them. Mina is a story of ‘abjection,’ to borrow Kristeva’s term—a state in which ‘meaning collapses.’ Mina leads us to a place where mirrors of the self and world fold, collapse, shatter, and bleed to death. Mina is one of Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton’s finest translations.” — Don Mee Choi, author of Hardly War

Mina gets to the core of Korean teenagers. Kim Sagwa’s fragmented rhetoric stands for a generation that has no choice but to set imitation as its standard. The novel, which points out a universal desire for unattainable genuineness, focuses on teenagers while at the same time shining light on Korean society at large. Readers open their eyes wide to the agonizing violence of a character torn up by the inability to bear self-deception.” — Han Yujoo, author of The Impossible Fairy Tale


Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 pm
In conversation with poet and author Laura Sims
Community Bookstore
143 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, October 11, 6:00 pm
Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637

Friday, October 12, 7:00 pm
In conversation with Shannon Gibney
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55145

Sunday, October 14, 3:00 pm
In conversation with author Sisonke Msimang
Litquake
Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 pm
In conversation with author and poet Chiwan Choi
Skylight Books
1818 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bisonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm
In conversation with poet/translator Don Mee Choi
and translators Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Contact:
Leslie-Ann Woofter
415.512.8812
Author
Kim Sagwa is one of South Korea’s most acclaimed emerging writers. She is the author of several novels, story collections, and works of nonfiction, and has been shortlisted for several major South Korean awards, including the Munji Prize and the Young Writers Award. Kim contributes columns to two major Seoul newspapers, and she co-translated John Freeman's book How to Read a Novelist into Korean.