Archive for 2016

New Fellowship to Promote Diversity at University of Iowa

Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while are no doubt used to my periodic handwringing over the fact that Translationworld is just so darn white, to such an extent that it might make you wonder whether the translation community is somehow inhospitable to translators of color. (I’m speaking primarily, of course, of Read More →

Translation on Tap in NYC, Dec. 16 – 30, 2016

The time of year traditional for hibernation seems to have arrived, but not without one last translation event to finish off the season! Check it out (seriously, haven’t you had enough mistletoe yet?), and then maybe it’s time for a nice bear nap until the new year.

Saturday, Dec. 17:

Harlequin Creature Issue 9 launch party: Translators Elisa Wouk Almino, Ellen Elias-Bursac, Meghan Forbes, María José Giménez, and Anne Posten will be reading work from the new HC issue guest-edited by Posten along with Kristin Dickinson and Emily Goedde. More information here. Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 141 Front St., Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m. 

PEN Translation Awards: 2017 Longlists Announced

This week PEN America (the institution formerly known as the PEN American Center) announced the longlists for the PEN Translation Prize (for a book-length translation of prose, judged this year by Jennifer Grotz, Kyoo Lee, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips) and the PEN Poetry in Translation Award (judged by Mara Faye Lethem, Jeremy Tiang, Elizabeth Lowe, Annie Tucker, and Dennis Washburn). The shortlists will be announced on Jan. 18, and the winners on Feb. 22. Have you got holiday shopping to do? How about a lovely translated book hand-selected by these expert judges for your enjoyment? Or maybe you just need a break from the horrific specter of (political) life in the United States. Again, international literature is your best friend. Check out these beautiful lists: Read More →

Translation on Tap in NYC, Dec. 1 – 15, 2016

cover-600x750It’s starting to look a lot like winter; what better time to curl up with a great translated book, and when you get stir-crazy, to go to a translation event! Here’s what’s coming your way:

Thursday, Dec. 1:

Jägerstetter: The staged reading of this play by Felix Mitterer (based on the life of a real-life figure – Terrence Malick is at work on a biopic) will be followed by a conversation with the play’s translators, Gregor Thuswaldner and Robert Dassanowsky, director Guy Ben-Aharon, and screenwriter/producer Elisabeth Bentley, moderated by Carol Gilligan. Reservations Read More →

Translation on Tap in NYC, Nov. 16 – 30, 2016

asterix-logo-smallThe first half of this month was packed with events, but now the election has cast a pall over the entire planet, it seems, and I for one don’t even want to get up off the sofa, though I’d best make myself do so tomorrow if I don’t want to miss my own Nov. 15 event at the Austrian Cultural Forum. Read More →

Postcards from Knut

Knut having a snooze, July 2007

Once upon a time there was a baby polar bear born in the Berlin Zoo. He was really cute, and everyone who saw him instantly fell in love with him. Because his mother had rejected him at birth, he was raised by a zookeeper, a man named Thomas Dörflein, and in July 2007, when he was half a year old, I went to visit him in the zoo together with Yoko Tawada, a favorite author of mine whom I’d been translating since the early 1990s. Knut had recently been separated Read More →

Translation on Tap in NYC, Nov. 1 – 15, 2016

This is the month you were waiting for all summer during the annual summer drought. Time to enjoy a veritable deluge of great translation events!

fnf_slider2Tuesday, Nov. 1:

The annual Words Without Borders gala celebrating literature in translation and the translators who get it there. This year’s Ottaway Award will go to Barbara Epler, publisher of New Directions, presented by Hilton Als. There’ll be lots of translators in attendance. Pricey, and advance reservations required, since it’s a fundraiser. To be followed by the easier-on-the-budget Globe Trot later in the evening. Three Sixty, 10 Desbrosses Street, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Also Tuesday, Nov. 1:

Ferrante Night Fever: Ferrante translator Ann Goldstein celebrates the launch of two new Ferrante titles (!) with Roxana Read More →


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