As the Guest of Honor at the Moscow International Book Fair 2020, Korea proposes "Future-ing" for the main theme. As civilization evolves in the 21st century, the future hits us with a sense of materiality and reality that seems inexplicable, for it comes from a time that hasn't yet arrived. The future is already here in some places—progressing, discreetly entangled with the present—presenting itself in different forms amid premonitions and images of revelation or apocalypse. We are witnessing today the "affect," or embodiment, of the future, as the force with which it hauls the present forward is equal to that of the history that defines the current moment.

The future society of the 21st century has already permeated our reality in the form of a techno-utopia. The remarkable advancement of science and technology is bringing about the Fourth Industrial Revolution, led by artificial intelligence. Twentieth-century cities are transforming into smart cities, as the Internet of Things, augmented reality, and the digital universe infiltrate deep into the physical world, transforming the structure of daily experiences. As it translates biological traces into algorithms, data is evolving to create a new kind of capitalism—one built on technologies that can predict human judgment and behavior.

At the same time, climate change and related ecological problems forecast macroscopic shifts in Earth's ecosystem summarized as the Anthropocene , alerting us to the need to recalibrate the future from a completely different perspective.

One of the major challenges in the future will be to construct a new "socio-politico-literary life" that can address points of contention such as economic and gender inequality, while versatile and imaginative approaches will be required to resolve these issues. How will humanity deal with an imminent and unprecedented future in which it will face post-humanistic transitions and post-truth phenomena?

This year's book fair will be a valuable opportunity to explore how Korean intellectuals envision the imminent future, to question and reflect on how Korean literature is tackling these topics, and to find out what conversations Korea and Russia can hold on these issues.

Humanities and Social Science
Under the main theme, "Future-ing" proposed by the Guest of Honor, the lecture aims to examine the relationship and vision for Korea and Russia's cultural exchange and analyze the socio-cultural context behind the Korean narratives and the structure.
Through the discussion between Korean and Russian authors, we come to envision the world as if it was a setting for a futuristic novel.
Illustration and Children's Book
Korean picture books and young readers' literature present a future narrative under the theme, "Meeting the future across time and space," as our children and youth head for the center of the future world that is upon us.
Authors of Korean Picture Books and Books for Children and Youth
Interviews with 5 Korean authors of picture books and books for children and yout.
Participant: Lee Ukbae, Jung Jinho, Jang hyunjung, Kim Hyejung, Lee Geumi
Meeting the Future Across Time and Space-Picture Books
A video that introduces 30 picture books under 3 categories of "Our Stories," "Expanding Styles of Expression," and "Voices Calling to Everyone"
Curation: Sim Hyang Boon, Kim Seo Jeong (Children's Literature Critic)
Art & Culture
Looking into the history and culture of Korea through various works of art and culture as preparation for taking steps into a future that is connected to the past and present, in context of the main theme, "Future-ing".
reading performance
Fiction Meets Today's Korean Landscape
Readings of three works of fiction that captured diverse aspects of Korea such as Korean history and landscapes through the voice of literature
Literature Meets Food, a Very Tasty Talk with Director Lee WookJung
A literature talk introducing foods that appear in Korean and Russian literature, with insight into their histories and live cooking demonstrations
YouTube Creator Contents
Korean YouTuber Min Kyungha, who is immensely popular in Russia, introduces unique culture of Korea
A cultural link between Korea and Russia
Time to meet new arts of Korea and Russia over the distance of 9800km.
Become one through cultural connections, meet the different side of each country.
We exchange with culture and sympathize with it.
Korean Film Live Streaming
An opportunity to watch two Korean films through online streaming during the Moscow International Book Fair. The first is Korean box-office sucсess Train to Busan. The film's zombie apocalypse genre is popular in the dystopian worldview that is connected to the main theme, "Future- ing" The other is Burning, a critically acclaimed masterpiece that exquisitely captured the divide and conflicts between generation and class.
Train to Busan (2016)
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-Mi, Ma Dong-Seok, Kim Su-An
Running Time: 118mins.

A divorced man, Seok-woo is always caught up at work, leaving him no time to spare with his daughter Su-an. Su-an decides to take the KTX train to Busan by herself to see her mom and Seok-woo is pushed to accompany her to Busan. As the train departs, an abnormal virus spreads from a girl who is infected and people start to transform to zombies. Will Seok-woo and Su-an make it out alive? "Train to Busan" is director YEON Sang-ho's debut feature live-action film, who is loved by Cannes with his edgy animations.

Password: TraintobusanKCC
Director: Lee Chang-Dong
Cast: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-Seo Jun
Synopsis: "Now speak the truth."

Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben, who she met during her trip. And one day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby...

Password: BurningKCC
We introduce books selected for Russian translation. The translation is funded by KPIPA Publication Contents Translation Support Program to promote publication contents trade between Korea and Russia.
Children's writer
Writer-Young Adult
Author and illustrator
Author and illustrator
Children's Literature Critic
Children's Literature Critic
Font Designer
Font Designer
Professor, Bloger
Performance Director
Performance Director
Performance Director
Writer, showman and journalist
Managing editor for "Interlanguage project"
Author and specialist in visual studies and Medieval culture
Professor, Bloger
Performance Director
Literary critic
Literature Translator
Professor of Russian Studies
Valeria Kosyakova
Valeria Kosyakova is a Ph. D candidate. of Cultural Studies, a member of the Association of Art Historians, a specialist in visual studies and Medieval culture, and a lecturer at Russian State University for the Humanities. Author of the books The Apocalypse of the Middle Ages: Hieronymus Bosch, Ivan the Terrible, The End of the World, and The Code of the Middle Ages. Hieronymus Bosch.
Alex Dubas
Alex Dubas is a writer, showman, and journalist, host of the radio program Something Good on Silver Rain and the TV-show the Observer on Culture, author of the bestseller Moments of Happiness.
Kirill Ignatiev
Managing Editor @ Lingua, AST Publishing group, the Russian publisher of such works by contemporary Korean authors as Seven Years of Darkness by Jeong You-jeong, Memoirs of a Murderer by Kim Yeong-ha, Stories I want to Tell the Moon of by Shin Kyung-sook, the Cat School series by Kim Jing-kyung & Kim Jae-hon, The Millennial Dream by Oh Sae-yung, The Bottled Sea by Choi Dong-ho, and such textbooks and culture references as The Complete Course of Korean by I. L. Kasatkina, Jeong Insoon & V. E. Pentyukhova, the Korean Grammar in Use series, Korea: The Impossible Country by D. Tudor, and many others totaling more than 70 titles.
Jung Jinho
Jung Jinho majored in architecture and is currently working as a picture book writer and illustrator. Jung's two books, Look up! and Wall won the 2015 and 2018 Bologna Ragazzi Award, respectively.

Major Works: Look up!; Wall
Baek Heena
Baek Heena has been named the 2020 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the world's most renowned prize for children's literature. She started garnering international attention after being selected for the Illustrator of the Year Award for Cloud Bread at the 2005 Bologna Children's Book Fair. While in 2017, her work Magic Candies was included in the IBBY Honour List in 2017.

Major Works: I Am a Dog, The Strange Visitor, The Strange Mom, The Blowfly in My Dream, The Bath Fairy, Little Chick Pee-yaki's Mom, Last Night, Moon Sherbet

Lee Ukbae
Lee Ukbae tries to draw on and recreate the philosophy and beauty of Korean traditional art, including folk paintings of the Chosun dynasty and genre paintings by renowned Chosun artists such as Danwon and Hyewon. Lee wants to create works deeply rooted in our reality. He was chosen as for the 2010 IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) honor list and in 2019 was named the Korean candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards.

Major Works: When Spring Comes to the DMZ
Lee Geumi
Lee Geumi became a professional writer in 1984 when her children's short story, Together with Yonggu and Heukgu, won the Saebeot Literature Award. A prolific writer who penned more than 50 books, she says she is still full of stories to write about and hopes to be a writer whose next work is always anticipated by readers.

Major Works: Life Traveler, Yujin and Yujin, The Cliff, Sohee's Room, Strange Tales about Youth, and Can't I Go There?

Kim Hyun Taek
Professor of Russian literature and culture at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. Specializing in 20th century Russian literature and culture, published numerous monographs and articles, including The Ice Rink on the Red Square and "V. Shalamov's New Prose: Kolyma Tales." Co-translated The Chunhyangjun into Russian with Anatoly Kim and published it in Moscow. Awarded the Pushkin Medal in 2010 by the Russian government in recognition of contributions to the development of Russian studies in Korea.
Anastasia Doynikova
Anastasia is an aspiring literature translator who has been living in South Korea for over six years. Her dream is to open up the door to the mysterious world of Korean life and culture to Russian book readers.

Instagram @aho_miya

Cho Kangsok
Literary critic and associate professor of Korean Language and Literature at Yonsei University in Korea. He has published several books on Korean Literature and culture. A winner of the Hyundae Munhak Award for Critics (2020), he is teaching Korean modern & contemporary Literature at Yonsei University.

Major work: The Constellations of Aporia (2008), The Empiricist's Clock (2010), A Study on Kim Soo-young's and Kim Choon-soo's Poetics as Dissonant Aesthetic Appearance (2011), Image Motiphology (2014), Korean Literature, and Universalism (2017)

Iliya Belyakov
TV personality, blogger, journalist, and university professor, Belyakov Ilya has been living in South Korea for more than 17 years. He has translated Hyun Jin-geon's A Lucky Day into Russian and has written Russian language textbooks.

Major works: A Lucky Day by Hyun Jin-geon (Russian translation, 2019), Russian language textbooks (to be published in 2020), multiple TV appearances including on Abnormal Summit

Instagram @daehan_russian / YouTube Daehan-Russian
Kim Hong Jung
With a doctorate from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, Kim HongJung currently teaches in the Department of Sociology at Seoul National University. He majored in social theory and cultural sociology and has recently been studying various phenomena of the Anthropocene and future society.

Major work: Sociological Ripple Effect (Munhakdongne Publishing Group, 2016)
Cho Mun Young
Teaching students at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Yonsei University, Cho explores the process of change in the landscape of poverty as the youth and labor, governance, and "the social" intersect, from an anti-poverty activities site to the Foxconn factory in China. Cho is interested in writing pieces that connect multiple worlds, restore ruptures, and fix the direction and speed of connection, with works ranging from newspaper columns to academic articles.

Major works: The Specter of "the People": Urban Poverty in Northeast China (Cornell University Press, 2013) / Edited works: Hell Joseon In and Out (Nulmin, 2017), How We Have Neglected Poverty (21st Century Books, 2019) / Translation: Give a Man a Fish (Yeomunchaek, 2017
Jeong You Jeong
After graduating from nursing school, Jeong You-jeong worked as a nurse and then as a longtime evaluator for the National Health Insurance Corporation. The author began her life as a writer by receiving the Segye Youth Literary Award in 2007 with My Life's Spring Camp. In 2009, she received the Segye Ilbo Literary Award with Shoot Me In the Heart. Two years later, with Seven Years of Darkness, Jeong entered into the ranks of bestselling authors. 28 in 2013, The Good Son in 2016, Jini, Jinny in 2019 also became bestsellers immediately after their publications.

Major work: Seven Years of Darkness, The Good Son, 28, Shoot Me in the Heart
Do Sunwoo
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Do Sunwoo made his literary debut in 2016 when his novel Sparring received the 22nd Munhakdongne Novel Award. In the following year, his novel Justice Man won the 13th Segye Literature Prize in 2017. Do Sunwoo was acknowledged as a newly discovered "hidden gem" and successfully became a part of major literary circles soon after his debut. Reviews on his first book, Sparring, praised the novel for being "an intriguing work that leads the readers through plot at a balanced pace," calling Do Sunwoo a writer with considerable skills and a wealth of experience.

Major work: Sparring, Justice Man, Mojo Society
Choi Eunyoung
Choi Eunyoung has authored the short story collections Shoko's Smile and Someone Harmless to Me. She has received the Writer's World New Writer Award, the Heo Gyun Literary Award, the Kim Jun-sung Literary Award, and the Young Writers' Award.

- Major work: Shoko's Smile (2016), Someone Harmless to Me (2018)
Yu Jiwon
Graphic designer and typography researcher, and an enthusiast of letters and books. She has devoted herself to cross disciplinary borders, including collaboration with a physicist, to inspire the public to gain familiarity and appreciation for typography.

Major works: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (book design), Matrix: Mathematics_Heart of Gold and the Abyss (exhibition, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea), Typographical Scenery (2019), Newton's Atelier (2020)

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Ilya Ruderman
Ilya is a type and graphic designer and teacher, lives and works in Barcelona. After completing the program, he returned to Moscow, where he has collaborated for a number of media: Kommersant, Afisha, Moskovskiye Novosti, Bolshoi Gorod and Men's Health Russia. In 2005-2007 he was art director for Afisha's city guidebooks, following which he was art director for RIA-Novosti, a news agency, for several years. Since 2007 he has also supervised the curriculum in type and typography at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. He has been very active as a consultant on Cyrillic since 2008. In 2014 he founded CSTM Fonts with Yury Ostromentsky.

Major works: Typefaces_BigCity Grotesque Pro, Kazimir, Kazimir Text, Navigo, Permian (a typeface-brand for the city of Perm) and Cyrillic versions of: Austin, Dala Floda, Graphik, Marlene, Moscow Sans (as a consultant), Typonine Sans, Thema.
Lee Dahyeh
Journalist at weekly film magazine Cine21. Lee also works as essayist, hosts the podcasts Lee Dahyeh's 21st Century CinePics and Lee Soo-Jung & Lee Dahyeh's Crime Movie Profile, and gives lectures on related topics.

Major works: Thriller, Incantation on the Way to Work, Conan Doyle

Instagram @alicante / Twitter @d_alicante
Choi Young Seok
Director Choi Young Seok is an artist who does photography and video works, who has a background in stage art. Accumulating experience as art director and production crew member on films, he has been taking photographs and filming performance videos of plays for more than a decade. In recent years, he is concentrating on filming works of drama theatre.

Major works: Solo exhibition: Faces of Actors—Korea Theater Festival (Photography) / Performance-related group projects: National Theater Company of Korea, Myeong-dong Art Theater, Jeongdong Theater, Art Council Korea (ARKO), Creative Group NONI, MJ Planet, Theater Yeonwoo Company / Projects: Human Fuga (play) and "May 15 Memorial Project—A Public Reading in May"

Social media: Facebook @studioraah
Website: www.r2d2studio.com
Kim Ae-ran
Kim began her literary career with "No Knocking in This House," a short story that won her the 1st Daesan Literary Award in 2002 and was published in the Spring 2003 issue of the Quarterly Changbi. Her works include short story collections, Run, Daddy, Run; A Pool of Saliva; Vapor Trail; and Summer Outside; the novel My Palpitating Life; and the essay collection A Forgettable Name.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Yi Sang Literary Award, Dong-in Literary Award, Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, Yi Hyo-seok Literary Award, Today's Young Artist Award, Shin Dong-yup Prize for Literature, Kim Yu-jeong Literary Award, Young Writer Award, and Han Musuk Literary Award.
Bae Yo Sup
Founder of Performance Group TUIDA, Bae Yo Sup has been working as the group's director for two decades since its foundation in 2001. Bae likes to work through encountering artists in theater, as well as in various other genres and fields surrounding theater. He is now attempting to tell the stories of contemporary pain and discord by defamiliarizing them, an attempt to share the experiences of understanding the world by awakening the senses of the body.

Major works: The Weight of This Sad Time (2016), All Different Gil Mok (2019), Human Fuga (2019)
Website: www.tuida.org
Han Kang
After making her literary debut as a poet published in Munhak gwa sahoe (Literature and Society) in 1993, Han Kang began her career as a novelist the next year by winning the Seoul Shinmun Spring Literary Contest with "Red Anchor." Her publications includes novels such as Black Deer, Your Cold Hands, The Vegetarian, The Wind is Blowing, Greek Lessons, Human Acts, and The White Book; short story collections Yeosu, Fruits of My Woman, and Fire Salamander; and the poem collection I Put the Evening in the Drawer. She won a number of awards including the Dongri Literary Award, Yi Sang Literary Award, Today's Young Artist Award by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Man Booker International Prize, and Malaparte Prize in Italy.

The Vegetarian, published in Korea in 2007, has received critical acclaim from English media including the New York Times with its release in English. After winning the 2016 Man Booker International Prize with The Vegetarian, her works that question the human violence and dignity are gaining more attention.

Kwon Byungjun
Kwon Byungjun develops new musical instruments and stage devices and robots for new media performance and exhibition encompassing music, theater, and visual art. His exhibitions include solo shows Lyrics of Cheap Androids 2 (Platform-L, 2020), Club Golden Flower (Alternative Space, Loop, 2018), and group shows Gentil, Gentle: The Advent of a New Community (Busan Contemporary Museum, 2019), and Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2018: Eu zen (SeMA, 2018).

Major works: Lyrics of Cheap Androids 2 (Robot Nocturne) (2020), Forests of Subtle Truth series (2017–2019)

Website: www.byungjun.pe.kr, robotnocturne.info
Kim Cho Yeop
Kim Cho Yeop began her literary career by winning both the Grand Prize with "Book Missing Inside Library," and the second prize with "If We Cannot Move at the Speed of Light" at the 2nd Korea Science Fiction Awards in the Short Stories and Novellas category in 2017. She won Today's Writer Award in 2019 with her first short story collection, If We Cannot Move at the Speed of Light.

Major work: If We Cannot Move at the Speed of Light

Instagram @choyeop_
Lee Wook Jung
TV producer Lee WookJung is an experienced documentary producer of 26 years who made his name known through his cultural historical approach to and visual aesthetics of food and cooking. He is also the CEO of Food Odyssey. His major works include Noodle Road, which sheds light on the cultural history of humanity through noodles, and Food Odyssey, which explored culinary culture through different elements of cooking. He also produced a number of other documentaries that focused on Korean food and cities.

Major works: Noodle Road (2009), Food Odyssesy (2015)

Instagram @wookcookpd
Ko Hyung Jin
Ko HyungJin graduated from Korea University with a BA in Korean language education, and an MA and a PhD in Korean language and literature. He is currently a professor in the Department of Korean Language Education at Korea University. He served as a visiting professor at UC Berkeley and as the chairman of the Korean Poetics Studies Association and the Society of Korean Language and Literature. He is the recipient of the Kim Daljin Literary Award.

Major works: The Fountain of Poets, The Narrative Orientation and Aesthetic Structure of Contemporary Poetry, Reading Baek Seok's Poems Properly, To Read Baek Seok's Poems, Lexicon of Baek Seok's Poems, Standard Works of Baek Seok's Poems, Standard Works of Baek Seok's Short Stories and Essays
Seog Young Joong
Professor in the Department of Russian Language and Literature at Korea University, Seog Young Joong's major research area has been Russian classics, among which Dostoevsky has been her focus of research and teaching. In 2000, she was awarded the Medal of Pushkin for her achievement of translating the complete works of Pushkin into Korean.

Major works: Tasty Code in Russian Literature, Learning Freedom from Dostoevsky, Mapping Dostoevsky
Min Kyungha
Min Kyungha communicates with Russian subscribers through her YouTube channel and promotes Korean culture to Russia and CIS countries. She is playing a vital role as a private diplomat in the field of public diplomacy to improve awareness of Koreans and Korean culture.

Content: "What Happens if Russians Take a Russian Language Test in South Korea?" (YouTube)

YouTube KyunghaMIN Instagram minkyungha
Sim Hyang Boon
Sim Hyang Boon is a researcher and educator of picture books. Sim works with teachers and librarians at the Picture Book School of Sungkyunkwan University. She is currently a representative of KBBY(Korea Board on Books for Young People) and trying to introduce Korean chidlren's and youth books to international readers.
Kim Seo Jeong
Chilren's story author, critic and translator. Kim Seo Jeong is currently teaching children's story and picture book at Chung-Ang University and Kim Seo Jeong Story Point
Oh Se Ran
Children and youth books critic. Oh Se Ran teaches children's literature at Cheongju National University of Education and Gongju National University of Education.
Kwon Byungjun
Kwon Byungjun develops new musical instruments and stage devices and robots for new media performance and exhibition encompassing music, theater, and visual art. His exhibitions include solo shows Lyrics of Cheap Androids 2 (Platform-L, 2020), Club Golden Flower (Alternative Space, Loop, 2018), and group shows Gentil, Gentle: The Advent of a New Community (Busan Contemporary Museum, 2019), and Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2018: Eu zen (SeMA, 2018).

-Major works: Lyrics of Cheap Androids 2 (Robot Nocturne) (2020), Forests of Subtle Truth series (2017–2019)

- www.byungjun.pe.kr, robotnocturne.info