Cheon Myeong-kwan is a novelist and screenwriter. His debut short story, Frank and I, earned the prestigious Munhakdongnae New Writer Award (2003). His first novel, Whale, received the Munhakdongnae Award for Best Novel in 2004 and is being translated into English by Chi-Young Kim, with publication due in 2021 by Archipelago.
His novels, including Whale and Modern Family (adapted for the screen as Boomerang Family and a word-of-mouth hit), have been translated into several languages including Chinese, English, French, Thai, Russian and Vietnamese. A translated extract from his latest novel, My Uncle, Bruce Lee, was published in Asia Literary Review, spring 2016.