The Magpie Series opens new horizons in Korean literature in English translation by introducing exciting new literary voices from Korea, past and present. The series includes literary fiction and compelling works from the world of South Korean science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Magpie’s catalogue will be a reflexive picture of Korea and the breakneck speed of its changing interactions with the world. The Magpie Series is the passion project of Sunyoung Lee, the publisher of Kaya Press, and series editor Sunyoung Park, who is an associate professor of Korean literature at the University of Southern California. Kaya Press and the Magpie Series are grounded in the belief that accomplished literary works deserve translation and a beautiful presentation in print. The series aims to set a new standard for the publication of Korean literature for the American and English-speaking markets.
University of Southern California Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative, and Kaya Press is proud to take part annually at this unparalleled initiative. Collaborating with Professor Sunyoung Park (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Gender Studies), Kaya Press and EALC present:
Speaking at this event are award-winning sci-fi authors from South Korea and the United States:
Ted Chiang – The winner of four Nebula Awards, three Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award, three Locus Awards, and the Sidewise Award, and the author of “Story of Your Life”–made into a motion picture by director Denis Villeneuve, Arrival (2016)
Soyeon Jeong – Her short story collection Yeonghui Next Door (Yeopjip ui Yeonghui ssi) includes the award-winning “Cosmic Go” and was honored as the 2015 Book of the Year for Young Adults in South Korea. In addition to her prolific writing, she also serves as the chairperson of the Science Fiction Writers Union.
Sang Joon Park – Has been responsible for publishing more than 100 sci-fi works in Korean translation and has contributed to cultivating a new generation of Korean sci-fi writers by serving as the founding editor for Fantastique (2007–2010) and the organizer of a wide range of reading communities and visual-art events on speculative fiction.
Gord Sellar – Has published and presented papers on Korean sci-fi cinema and the uses of sci-fi in South Korean academic and public discourse. He is also a contributor to the magazine Miraegyung and a reviewer of SCI-FI and Korea-related books for The Kyoto Journal, The Japan Times, and Cascadia Subduction Zone.
The event is also the official launch party of the highly anticipated Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction. Readymade Bodhisattva is the first book-length English language translation of its kind, bringing together thirteen stories from the past and present of South Korea. Join us for the reception after the talk, meet and greet the speakers, and get your books signed by the authors!