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2017 Best Translated Book Award Longlists Announced

The 2017 Best Translated Book Award longlists are here! I’m very delighted to be on the Fiction longlist in such excellent company. Special commendation is due to the inestimable Margaret Jull Costa, who translated three and a half of the books on the Fiction longlist. She’s such a champ – I love her work, as I do that many of the translators whose books are listed here in both poetry and prose. I don’t envy the judges their task.

This year’s juries include Trevor Berrett, Monica Carter, Rachel Cordasco, Jennifer Croft, Lori Feathers, Jeremy Garber, Mark Haber, George Henson, and Steph Opitz (Fiction) and Jarrod Annis, Katrine Øgaard Jensen, Tess Lewis, Becka McKay, and Emma Ramadan (Poetry). Read More →

Translation on Tap in NYC, April 1 – 15, 2017

Spring is in the air, a great season to translate something and talk translation with friends. Here are some opportunities coming up:

Sunday, April 2:

Cedilla & Co: The new translators’ collective that seeks to use collaboration to further literature in translation presents new work from the Cedilla portfolio. Readers include translators Allison Markin Powell, Alta L. Price, Elisabeth Jaquette, Heather Cleary, Jeffrey Zuckerman, Jeremy Tiang, Julia Sanches, Marshall Yarbrough, and Sean Gasper Read More →

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: Read More →

What I’m Reading: Scholastique Mukasonga

I first encountered Scholastique Mukasonga’s work in 2013 when I was working on co-editing, with Christopher Merrill, Landmarks, the 20th anniversary issue of the Two Lines Anthology published by the Center for the Art of Translation in San Francisco. Translator Lara Vergnaud had submitted a short story by Mukasonga entitled “Fear,” from her 2010 collection L’Iguifou, novellas rwandaises, that was so striking (and beautifully translated) that we used it to lead off the anthology. As far as I know, this story that tells of the constant vigilance that a group of Tutsi schoolchildren learn to incorporate into their lives because of the constant threat of violence from Hutu soldiers was the first work by Mukasonga to appear in English. Then in 2014 Archipelago Books published Mukasonga’s novel Our Lady of the Nile, translated by Melanie Mauthner, Read More →

Vote Now for 2017 Albertine Prize

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy has announced a new award, the Albertine Prize (which shares a name with the lovely bookstore run by the embassy), to honor a French-language work in English-language translation published in the U.S. over the previous academic year. This $10,000 prize honors both the original work and the translation, according to the press release sent out with the longlist this week, though I was sorry to see that the press release fails outright to mention the names of the longlisted translators, and also that only 20% of the prize money will go to the translator of the winning book. Let’s hope that the translator-appreciation part of this award is still a work-in-progress. The ten-book longlist was assembled by the Albertine staff and approved by the prize’s co-chairs (Lydia Davis and François Busnel).  Read More →

Apply Now for 2017 Translation Lab at Ledig House

I’ve blogged about Ledig House’s Translation Lab before, and am delighted to blog it again. The program allows four pairs of translators and their authors to work together on the beautiful grounds of Art Omi for 12 days of intense collaboration. This year’s Lab is scheduled for Nov. 8 – 19 2017.

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2017 Man Booker International Longlist Announced

The Man Booker International Prize is now in its second year, having gone last year to Han Kang and Deborah Smith for The Vegetarian. This is one of the largest-ticket prizes out there for translations, with a £50,000 purse split equally between author and translator. And now the 2017 has been announced, and look at all the beautiful books on it! Read More →