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19 April 2021

Gregory Limpens

Gregory Limpens is a Belgian living in South Korea and working for Open Books, a Korean publishing company founded in 1986 and specializing in literature in translation.

Gregory studied law in Belgium and worked a few years as an intellectual property counsel (trademark law in particular) in Belgium (2001-2005) and in Korea (2005-2007). In 2008 he switched gears and joined Open Books, a publishing house based in Paju Book City near Seoul. He has been active both as a rights manager (mostly acquisitions) and a reader involved in the selection of new titles (mostly foreign fiction). Some of his projects at Open Books led to translations of works by Roberto Bolaño, Ali Smith, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Pierre Lemaitre, Maylis de Kerangal, Paul Beatty and Charles Bukowski, to name a few. He also helped Open Books' sister company, Mimesis, build a list of foreign graphic novels, including works by Craig Thompson, Bastien Vivès, Manuele Fior, Brecht Evens, Stephen Collins and many others. Gregory lives in Seoul.