Archive for July 2017

Women in Translation Month 2017

August is Women in Translation Month, and this post is to let you know how it’s being celebrated around the English-speaking world. Please send me events and posts you hear about so I can add them to this post all month long.

One important resource for anyone interested in following #WomenInTranslation is the website Women in Translation, which posts relevant announcements and resources, including the list of books currently being considered for the inaugural Warwick Prize to honor a work in English translation by a woman author. Read More →

Translation on Tap in NYC, Aug. 1 – 31, 2017

August is Women in Translation Month, and I hope you’ll spend these sultry weeks reading some fabulous translated books by women authors. Of course, all year round is the perfect time to read #WomenInTranslation, but the designated month is a great opportunity to remind yourself of all the amazing women writing all over the world whose books have been translated into English for your reading pleasure. Please tweet your reads to me at @translationista with the hashtags #WomenInTranslation or #WITMonth. And if you’re in NYC, maybe you’ll show up to one of the Women in Translation Month events being planned around the city. I’ll update as more information comes in. Here’s what I’ve got so far: Read More →

Remembering John Felstiner

Last February, translator, author, and scholar John Felstiner passed away at the age of 80. Aviya Kushner wrote these words in his memory:

I found John Felstiner’s translations of Paul Celan’s poetry at the bottom of a bonus box of books sent to me to review. At the time, I had a wonderful editor who mailed me a monthly box containing all the new poetry books published in this country. Occasionally, he sent me a bonus—all the translations he could get his hands on, or biographies of poets, or books that made him think of me, like Read More →

2017 ALTA Travel Fellows Announced

The American Literary Translators Association has just selected its new crop of ALTA Fellows for 2017, and it sounds like a really interesting group. I’m looking forward to hearing them present their work at the annual fellows’ reading at the conference. This year’s jury was comprised of Dick Cluster, Sara Novic, and Sebastian Schulman. Speaking of the conference, ALTA40: Reflections/Refractions (it’s ALTA’s 40th anniversary), it’s time to register if you can come. It’ll be held this October 5 – 8 in Minneapolis, MN. Read More →

2017 PEN Translates Awards Announced

English PEN just announced its 2017 crop of PEN Translates awards, which help publishers pay the translation costs for the selected books. I’m delighted to have a book on the list this year (i.e. happy for my UK publisher Portobello/Granta). And especially happy that the list this year has more women authors on it than men. That’s got to be some sort of a first. Just in time for Women in Translation Month, coming up in August. With no further ado, behold the list: Read More →

Translator Named a 2017 Chevalier

The French government knights people for making significant contributions to the arts in France and the world, and among this year’s freshly minted crop of Chevaliers is translator (and journalist, author, and literary critic) Liesl Schillinger, who was honored with the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy last week in New York. According to the French Consulate, “The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.” Other translators who have been singled out for this honor include Ros Schwartz, Alyson Waters, Esther Allen, Jeanine Herman, and Paul Auster (maybe not primarily for his work as a translator). Barbara Wright, legendary translator of Raymond Queneau, was honored in 2002 at the rank of Commandeur, and David Bellos and Lydia Davis are Officiers.