Due to her extremely busy academic schedule, Min Eun-kyung, a professor at Seoul National University and one of three judges of The Korea Times Modern Literature Awards, initially planned to just drop by the award ceremony held at the Lotte Hotel in central Seoul, Wednesday, to say hello to the participants.
But she chose to stay until the very end of the ceremony, and even had lunch with other attendees afterward.
Asked why she decided to stay until the end of the event, the soft-spoken English literature professor said she was so touched by the literature-loving people who had gathered there.
"I am struggling managing my time these days because there are so many things to do, but here I got comfort. I'm glad to know that there are still people who are in love with literature," she said. "I'm relieved."
|Novelist Lee Jung-myung reads The Korea Times during the 52nd Korea Times Modern Literature Translation Awards at the Lotte Hotel in central Seoul, Wednesday. He later read an excerpt of his latest book "Broken Summer." Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk|
|Fiction Grand Prize Winner Youngjae Joesphine Bae poses with Deputy Culture and Art Policy Minister Park Tae-young during the award ceremony. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk|
|Poetry Grand Prize Winner Joanne Park poses with Lee Woo-yeul, senior executive vice president and chief human resource officer at KB Financial Group, at the award ceremony. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk|
|Jung Ha-yun, a judge of The Korea Times Modern Literature Translation Awards and a professor at Ewha Womans University, speaks on behalf of the other judges during the ceremony. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk|
|Judge Brother Anthony / Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk|
|Korea Times President-Publisher Oh Young-jin delivers a speech during the ceremony. Korea Times photo by Choi Won-suk|