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London book fair to spotlight S. Korean publishing

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SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean books and authors will be featured at the London international book fair next month, a local publishers' association said Wednesday.

South Korea will bring some 20 print book and e-book publishers as well as influential authors to The London Book Fair 2014 as its Market Focus country, the Korean Publishers Association said. This year's fair is slated for April 8-10 in Earls Court, London.

It is considered the second-largest book publishing trade fair in Europe next to the Frankfurt Book Fair. More than 25,000 publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians and media and industry suppliers from over 55 countries attended the fair last year.

Under the theme "Books opening the mind, Doors opening the future," the Korean publishing industry will display works by the nation's 10 leading authors -- novelists Hwang Seok-young, Yi Mun-yol, Shin Kyung-sook, Kim Young-ha, Lee Seung-u, Han Kang; poet Kim Hye-soon; children's book author Hwang Seon-mi; and webtoon author Yoon Tae-ho, according to the organizers.

There also will be special exhibitions of e-books, modern literary books, cartoons and webtoons from the country, they said.

The authors will take part in a variety of forums and seminars on various topics, such as the future of the Korean publishing market, children's books and translations of Korean literature.

"This would be a good chance for raising the European people's awareness of the Korean publishing industry," Ko Young-soo, chief of the association, told reporters. He also works as the chief organizer of the "market focus" events.

South Korea has a 2.9 trillion won (US$2.7 billion) publishing market, one of the world's 10 largest.

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