It’s leap year! Plus there are translations to celebrate. Here’s what’s coming up in Translationland:
Tuesday, Feb. 16:
The Bridge Series is presenting a series of events co-organized with the PEN Translation Committee this spring entitled “The Business of Literary Translation.” The first one, “Breaking In,” features translators Allison Markin Powell (PEN Translation Committee Co-Chair), Allison M. Charette, Heather Cleary, Katrine Øgaard Jensen, and Mary Ann Newman talking about how they got started in the business and how it’s going. RSVP strongly recommended, more information here. The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St.(between Madison and 5th Ave), 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 17:
Launch event for The Child Poet: Translator (and writer) Chloe Aridjis speaks with author (and father) Homero Aridjis, more information here.Community Bookstore, 143 7th Ave. (between Garfield and Carroll), Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m.
Also Wednesday, Feb. 17:
An Evening with Alejandro Zambra: Translator Megan McDowell joins Zambra for a reading and conversation moderated by Yasmine El Rashidi. More information here. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 18:
Second launch event for The Child Poet: Translator (and writer) Chloe Aridjis speaks with author (and father) Homero Aridjis, more information here. King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square, Floor 4E, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 19:
Third launch event for The Child Poet: Translator (and writer) Chloe Aridjis and author (and father) Homero Aridjis are joined by Alberto Manguel, more information here. 192 Books, 192 10th Ave., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 25:
Book launch for The Boys with translator Mara Faye Lethem and Catalan author Toni Sala, more information here. Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb 26:
At the first installment of the new series The Grief Diaries (presenting work on the general theme of loss), translator-poets Maximiliane Donicht and Maia Evrona will read, along with Catherine Pond, Ariel Francisco, Ira Thorpe Huff, Kristen Martin, Robert Johnson, and Jeffrey McDaniel. More information here. Book Culture, 536 W. 112th St., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27:
There’s Something about Translation: Last year, the translation event presented as part of Festival Neue Literatur was a big hit, and it looks like this year’s iteration will be even more spectacular. Star translators Ann Goldstein and Natasha Wimmer and will be joined by authors Daniel Kehlmann (who lost his translator last year) and Álvaro Enrigue, and editors Laura Perciasepe and Joshua Rothman. Moderated by the inimitable Sal Robinson. More information here. It’s free, but this one’s going to book up in advance, so RSVP ASAP, I’d say. (And given the early hour, there might be no-shows, so you still might be able to get in at the door.) Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 12:30 p.m.