August is Women in Translation Month! It’s also a great month to go to the beach. But lucky you, if you do wind up spending the month in town, you’ll have some splendid #WIT Month celebrations to go to. Check them out & I’ll probably see you there! (And thanks to @Biblibio for the great #WIT Month graphic!)
Tuesday, Aug. 6:
Women in Translation Month event #1 sponsored by the PEN America Translation Committee and featuring women translators of women writers: Larissa Kyzer, Nancy Naomi Carlson & Catherine Maigret Kellogg, Elina Alter, Jacqui Cornetta, and Kira Josefsson will read. More information here. Greenlight Books, Prospect Lefferts Gardens Store (632 Flatbush Ave.)‚ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 22:
Women in Translation Month event #2 sponsored by the PEN America Translation Committee and featuring women translators of women writers: Sevinç Türkkan (The Stone Building and Other Places, by Aslı Erdoğan); Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee (Neapolitan Chronicles, by Anna Maria Ortese); and Inea Bushnaq (Pearls on a Branch, by Najla Khoury). The event will be moderated by Jenny Wang Medina and Alex Zucker (translator of Czech literature). More information here. McNally-Jackson, 52 Prince St., 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Tuesday, Sept. 3
The Miracle of the Little Prince: This documentary film by Dutch director Marjoleine Boonstra includes interviews with literary translators (unfortunately unnamed in the publicity materials – I’ll add that info if/when I can get it) who have translated Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic book into several beleaguered and/or endangered languages: Tibetan, Tamazight (spoken in North Africa), Sámi (spoken in northern Finland and Scandinavia) and Nawat (spoken in El Salvador). Tickets and more information here. Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. The 8:10 p.m. show on Wednesday, Aug. 28 (use discount code “borders” for this showing only for $12 tickets) will include a Q&A with director Marjoleine Boonstra moderated by Susannah Greenblatt of Words without Borders.