The year feels like it’s just gotten started, but look, it’s already March, the month in which Spring officially arrives, ushered in by a lovely bouquet of translation events. Here’s what’s coming up:
Monday, March 4:
Jacques Schiffrin: A Publisher in Exile, from Pléiade to Pantheon: book launch and discussion with translator Sandra Smith, author Amos Reichman, Eric Jennings, Susan Suleiman, and Robert O. Paxton, moderated by Adam Tooze. RSVP requested, more information here. Columbia University, Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall. 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5:
A Night of Poetry: Translator Rachel Hadas presents her new translations of Euripides’s two Iphigenia plays as part of a poetry line-up also featuring Charlie Bondhus, Andrés Cerpa, and Gardner McFall. More information here. Book Culture, 536 W. 112th St., 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6:
Found in Translation: New Books from Poland, featuring translator Jennifer Croft in conversation with Polish Book Institute director Krzysztof Koehler. More information here. Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St., 12th Fl., 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Also Wednesday, March 6:
Now, Now, Louison: Translator Cole Swensen will be joined by author Jean Frémon to discuss his new book, Now, Now, Louison, inspired by the art and life of Louise Bourgeois. More information here. Albertine, 972 Fifth Ave., 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13:
Book Talk: Launch event for Mars, featuring translator Jennifer Zoble in conversation with author Asja Bakić. More information here. Columbia University, International Affairs Bldg., 420 W. 118 St., Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, Rm. 1219, 6:15 p.m.
Also Wednesday, March 13:
The Trilling Lecture: translator Lydia Davis speaks about her work. RSVP highly recommended, more information here. Columbia University, Lenfest Center for the Arts, Lantern, 615 W. 129th St., 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 14:
Mars: Translator Jennifer Zoble joins Asja Bakić for the launch of their book of stories by Bakić translated from the Bosnian by Zoble. More information here. McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., 7:00 p.m.
Also Thursday, March 14:
A Life in Many Worlds: Translator Peter Filkins presents his new biography of German author H.G. Adler, whom he’s been translating for years, in conversation with Eric Banks. More information here. Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19:
Ugly Duckling Press: The First 25 Years: Benefit party featuring speeches (incl. by Translationista™) in honor of Burning Deck Press and Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop. There’s also an afterparty. Tickets required, more information here. The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 21:
Dreaming Murakami: This documentary film directed by Nitesh Anjaan (Denmark, 2017, 58 mins) follows the work of Danish literary translator Mette Holm. RSVP required (free of charge), more information here. Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 30
Festival Neue Literatur: a festival of German-language writing featuring two writers each from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, curated by translators Liesl Schillinger and Tim Mohr. This year’s festival authors include Daniela Emminger, Laura Freudenthaler, Pierre Jarawan, Stefanie de Velasco, Dana Grigorcea, and Gianna Molinari. Advance RSVPs highly recommended for all events. (Only the events featuring translators are listed below, see Festival Neue Literatur website for full program.)
Friday, March 29:
Words with Writers: All six festival authors interviewed live on stage by graduate students from local universities, moderated by translator Tim Mohr. RSVP recommended, more information here. Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E. 52nd St., 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30:
Double Lives: Writers Who Translate, featuring translator-writers Idra Novey, John Keene, and Jennifer Croft, moderated by Karen Phillips. RSPV recommended, more information here. Goethe Institut New York, 30 Irving Place, 3:00 p.m.
Another Country: Distant Lands Close Up and Personal, featuring Daniela Emminger, Pierre Jarawan, Dana Grigorcea, and Min Jin Lee, moderated by translator Liesl Schillinger. RSVP recommended, more information here. Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31:
The Author’s Voice: Six German-language authors read from their work (English-language translations will be read by actors Adelind Horan and Robert Lyons), discussion moderated by translator Tim Mohr. RSVP recommended, more information here. Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, 2:00 p.m.