Today’s note is going to be very brief—precisely the sort of thing for which I originally introduced the note format. Call it an addendum to my previous note, if you will.
I received an email from my mother the other day, an email that contained a link to the pre-order page for Black Flower on Amazon. How did she happen to stumble across this? “I don’t know what made me decide to google it,” she claims, “but I did, and Amazon came up.” This is what mothers are for—vanity googling you so you don’t have to.
So go check out the page, if only to see the cover that I mentioned last time. Now that it’s public, I can actually say something about it. At first I wondered about the literal interpretation of the title (you can see black flowers in the lower right of the cover), but I think it works. I also like the art style, and I think it’s great that the Korean title appears on the cover (at the lower left). Neither of Kim’s previous novels represented the original title on the cover, and I really got a kick out of it.
More on Black Flower will be coming later—probably much later. For the next two weeks I am going to be very busy trying to wrap up the semester along with a rather large project. And then, from the middle of the month, we will be taking a trip to the States. It will be our first visit in three years, so we’re looking forward to it. Not only will we be seeing my family, but we’ll also be visiting friends, including Kevin down in VA. We’re going to be heading up to Boston as well, and I’ve already arranged to meet up with the executive editor I worked with on Black Flower. Kim himself is still in New York, so I’ll probably see if I can get together with him for a drink as well.
We’ll be back in mid-July, and that’s when I’ll probably write in more detail during the run up to the official publication date. I’ll try to write again before we leave, but we’ll have to see how it goes.