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Trade Report
Vol.20 Summer 2013 (Page 4-2)
 
English Rights Sold for Shin Kyung-sook's I’ll Be Right There
by Joseph Lee

1. I'll Be Right There
Shin Kyung-sook
Munhakdongne Publishing Corp.
2010, 400p, ISBN 9788954611275

2. If the Waves Belong to the Sea
Kim Yeon-su, Jaeum & Moeum Publishing Co., Ltd.
2012, 328p, ISBN 9788954428224
The rights for I’ll Be Right There by Shin Kyung-sook, a bestselling The New York Times author and the author of Please Look After Mom, have been sold to Other Press, an independent publisher of literary fiction and nonfiction in the U.S., in March 2013. It will be published in April 2014. So far, I’ll Be Right There has also sold rights to Italy, Spain, Norway, Israel, Poland, China, and Vietnam. In 2012 it was selected as a Best Book of the Winter in Poland and in 2011 it also received the 21st Century Annual Best Foreign Novel Award in China. The overseas rights for Shin’s Please Look After Mom, have been sold to 33 countries.
      Meanwhile, French publisher Editions Philippe Picquier recently bought the rights for Kim Yeon-su’s recent novel If the Waves Belong to the Sea. This is the first step abroad for Kim’s novel. Also, Jeong You-jeong’s Seven Years of Darkness and Gong Ji-young’s The Crucible have been sold to China. The rights for Seven Years of Darkness have already been sold to Germany and Thailand, and The Crucible has also sold rights to Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Leadership of Loneliness by seasoned journalist Chun Youngsik, which portrays 60 years of Korea’s first female president Park Geun-hye’s life, will be published in China. SBS Running Man (Vol. 1), an educational comic book which uses characters from the famous TV variety show as its protagonists, was sold to a publisher in Indonesia. The comic book is also in the process of being sold to a Taiwanese publisher.