Honford Star will delay the publication of two titles until next year because of "Covid circumstances", the publisher has said.
Astral Season, Beastly Season by Tahi Saihate, translated by Kalau Almony, was due to be released on 14th September, and has now been pushed back to January 2021. Saihate's novel is a YA title, and has been translated from Japanese. Meanwhile, Bae Myung-hoon's Tower, translated from Korean by Sung Ryu, which has been rescheduled from October to February 2021.
A spokesperson from the independent press said "given the logistical complications few could have forseen, the option of moving the titles was felt to be the only way forward".
Co-founded in 2017 by Anthony Bird, who worked previously at Penguin Random House, and Taylor Bradley, a former international marketing manager at a South Korean printing house, Honford Star focuses on publishing "the best literature" from East Asia.
Bird added: “Planes, trains, ships and automobiles barely sum up the Covid complications we have faced. These titles are brilliant. We feel that by taking them into next year’s schedule they will have a far better chance of getting into book buyers’ hands. Of primary importance are the books and the readers.”