This June I’m off to Germany to meet with Jenny Erpenbeck and 8 or 9 other translators of her new novel into various languages. I’m hoping we’ll go through it page by page. Should be interesting! But if you’re going to be around in NYC, you might want to go to a translation event or two. So far, I’ve just got a couple on the books, but will add more as I hear of them. If all else fails, maybe you’ll get some sunshine instead and take a nice translated book to Coney Island with you?
Friday, June 3
American authors on Czech themes: Translator and PEN Co-Chair Alex Zucker has just joined the lineup (also featuring Ivan Backer, Richard Katrovas, Anna Nessy Perlberg, Kevin J. McNamara, and Jo Anne Elikann), reading from his translations of Tomáš Zmeškal and Magdalena Platzova. More information here. Ballroom, Czech Center, 321 E. 73rd St., 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7
Prize ceremony, Translation Prize of the French-American Foundation (winner TBA), with a keynote address by Lydia Davis, reservations required, more information here. The Century Association, 7 W. 43rd St., 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 8:
Chasing Lost Time: Biographer Jean Findlay talking about the subject of her latest book, Proust’s first great English translator (and international spy, it turns out) C.K. Scott Moncrieff. RSVP recommended, more information here. The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St., 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 9:
Prize ceremony for the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize (to Daniel Bowles) and the Gutekunst Prize (to Laura Caton), reservations required, more information here. Goethe-Institut, 30 Irving Place, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, June 13:
An Evening with Leta Semadeni and Tess Lewis: Translator Tess Lewis joins Swiss writer Leta Semadeni (who writes both in German and Rhaeto-Romanic) for a reading and conversation. More information here. NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, 6:30 p.m.
Monday June 20:
Elsewhere: Translator Tess Lewis joins author Doron Rabinovici to discuss her translation of his novel Elsewhere. More information here. Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E. 52nd St., 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28:
Celebrating Poetry in Translation, part of the Poetry Society of American series at the Bryant Park Reading Room, cosponsored by New York Review of Books Classics, featuring translators Hiroaki Sato, Richard Sieburth, Matvei Yankelevich, and Jason Weiss reading from their translations of Sakutarō Hagiwara (Japanese), Louise Labé (French), Alexander Vvedensky (Russian), and Silvina Ocampo (Spanish), respectively, with conversation. More information here. Bryant Park Reading Room (42nd St. side of park, halfway between 5th and 6th Aves.), 7:00 p.m.