By Kang Hyun-kyung

Several embassies, including the US Embassy, and cultural institutes in Seoul will take part in the Seoul International Book Fair to be held on June 17-21 at COEX in southern Seoul.

Three countries, Norway, Israel and Azerbaijan, will participate in the book fair for the first time.

The Embassy of Norway said it would have a booth in collaboration with Norwegian Literature Abroad.

“We are thrilled to see several great Norwegian authors attending this year’s Seoul International Book Fair,” said Norwegian Ambassador to Korea Torbjorn Holthe.

“Norweigian literature has been growing steadily in popularity over the years and I really hope that the book fair can give the literary exchange between Norway and South Korea a big boost.”

Four Norwegian writers will participate in the book fair

They are crime writer Tom Egeland, children’s book writer Kari Stai, and knitting and designer duo Arne and Carlos.

Egeland will provide an overview of his literary world. He wrote crime fictions and thrillers with the themes of archaeology, religion, psychology and mythology.

Stai will read her book “Yesper and Noper” before the audiences on June 19 and 20. Arne and Carlos duo will introduce their popular handicraft and unique life-

This year’s fair will feature the theme of the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence from Japanese colonial rule.

The five-day event will showcase the changes of the publication culture of Korea since 1945 to highlight the anniversary.

Italy will be the guest of the honor, according to the fair authorities. The Embassy of Italy will set up a booth featuring 2015 Milano Expo Special Zone inside the guest of honor country exhibition hall.

“It will be a unique opportunity to explore the hidden charm of Italian literary works,” the fair said.

Hwang Seon-mi, a renowned children’s book writer, was chosen as the noteworthy writer of the year She will meet the audiences under the namesake program Her book, “The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly,” has sold more than 2 million copies since it went on sale in 2000. The book has been translated into 27 languages.