French-American Foundation Translation Prize 2017 Shortlists Announced

The finalists for the French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation 30th Annual Translation Prizes have just been announced. These are $10,000 awards for the translator of a book published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year in each of two categories: fiction and nonfiction. The winner will be announced on June 8. Meanwhile, behold the lists of finalists:

Fiction:

  • Sam Taylor for The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Natasha Lehrer and Cécile Menon for Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Léger (Dorothy, A Publishing Project)
  • Donald Nicholson-Smith for Paris Vagabond by Jean-Paul Clébert (New York Review Books)
  • Chris Clarke for In the Café of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano (New York Review Books)
  • Lazer Lederhendler for The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux (Biblioasis International)

Nonfiction:

  • Lauren Elkin and Charlotte Mandell for Jean Cocteau: A Life by Claude Arnaud (Yale University Press)
  • Nicholas Elliott for Flaubert by Michel Winock (Harvard University Press)
  • Jordan Stump for Cockroaches by Scholastique Mukasonga (Archipelago Books)
  • Catherine Porter for Freud: In His Time and Ours by Élizabeth Roudinesco (Harvard University Press)
  • Jane Marie Todd for The French Resistance by Olivier Wieviorka (Harvard University Press)

I have to say: that’s a pretty impressive showing for Harvard UP on the nonfiction shortlist! So far I’ve only read one of the shortlist books and loved it, but I’m sure others are excellent as well. More information about these books can be found on the French-American Foundation website. Congratulations to all the shortlisted translators, and may the best book win!

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