Book Signing by Swiss-American Author and Presentation on North KoreaA.C. FRIEDEN
Author of thrillers and
Korea columnist for
The Diplomat magazine
After-Words Bookstore, 23 E. Illinois St., Chicago
Thursday, May 9, 6-8 pm
Swiss-American author A.C. Frieden will present The Pyongyang Option, his latest thriller set in North Korea, that Kirkus Reviews calls "exhilarating... unpredictable and entertaining." As one of the few Western authors to have traveled to North Korea, Frieden will share his research experiences in that reclusive country.
Frieden will be joined by Jenna Gibson, the Korea columnist for The Diplomat magazine, a leading current-affairs periodical for the Asia-Pacific region. Gibson is a PhD candidate at University of Chicago and is the former Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America. Prior to that, she earned a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and lived two years in South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.
Frieden and Gibson will help demystify North Korea and shed light on its ruthless regime and the volatile US-North Korea relationship. The event is free, with a reception (food and wine) following the presentation. A portion of the book sales will benefit the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago.
6:00 pm Introduction
6:15 pm Discussion/Q&A
7:15 pm Book Signing
7:30 pm Reception