It’s starting to look a lot like winter; what better time to curl up with a great translated book, and when you get stir-crazy, to go to a translation event! Here’s what’s coming your way:
Thursday, Dec. 1:
Jägerstetter: The staged reading of this play by Felix Mitterer (based on the life of a real-life figure – Terrence Malick is at work on a biopic) will be followed by a conversation with the play’s translators, Gregor Thuswaldner and Robert Dassanowsky, director Guy Ben-Aharon, and screenwriter/producer Elisabeth Bentley, moderated by Carol Gilligan. Reservations recommended, more information here. Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E. 52nd St., 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2:
Konundrum: translator Peter Wortsman reads and speaks about his new translations of Kafka, Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka, with translator Tess Lewis. More information here. Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, 6:30 p.m.
Also Friday, Dec. 2:
Rediscovering Roger Dewinter: To celebrate the publication of Story of Love in Solitude and The Attraction of Things by Roger Lewinter, the book’s translator, Rachel Careau, will speak with author and translator Lydia Davis. More information here. Albertine, 972 Fifth Ave., 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 7:
Launch event for Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yoko Tawada, translated by Susan Bernofsky. Author and translator will read and converse as part of the New Literature from Europe Festival. Reservations strongly recommended, more information here. Goethe-Institut, 30 Irving Place, 7:00 p.m.
Also Wednesday, Dec. 7:
New Literature from Europe Festival Translation Slam! You know the score from the PEN World Voices Festival (where this event, MC’d by Michael Moore, is a perennial favorite): translators go head-to-head with competing translations of a single short text, then they and the audience (and the author) discuss the two versions. Featuring Julia Sanchez and Bruna Dantas Lobato translating Susana Moreira Marques, and Marjolijn de Jager and Annemarie Mattheyse translating Tommy Wieringa. Michael Reynolds will MC. Tickets required (cheaper in advance), more information here. Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St., 7:30 p.m.
Also Wednesday, Dec. 7:
HiFi Reading Series, Stonecutter edition, featuring translators Heather Cleary and Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas along with Nicole Sealey, and Sarah Wang. More information here. HiFi Bar, 169 Avenue A, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8:
Olga Chernysheva’s Vague Accent: Translator-poets Pierre Joris and Mónica de la Torre will read and discuss their contributors to the catalogue for Chernysheva’s show. More information here. The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., 7:00 p.m.
Also Thursday, Dec. 8:
Writing to Change Hearts and Minds, with translators Alta L. Price and Peter Constantine joined by New Literature from Europe writers Mihkel Muttand Szczepan Twardoch. Cosponsored by the American Literary Translators Association. RSVP requested, more information here. The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th St., 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10:
From One Language To Another: Translators (Ann Goldstein, Michael Moore), (self-)translating authors (Elena Alexieva, Cristian Crusat, Yoko Tawada) and one author who just switched languages (Jhumpa Lahiri) discuss translation, writing, and the interlingual literary realm. Cosponsored by the American Literary Translators Association. Tickets required (cheaper in advance), more information here. Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St., 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13:
The World on Stage: Readings from Micro-Plays in Translation: join translator Sarah Maitland and distinguished guests celebrating Words Without Borders’s December issue on new theater in translation (edited by Maitland) for staged readings (by actors Lindsay Roberts, Yelena Shmulenson, Stanley Bahorek, and Richard Prioleau) of plays by José Ignacio Valenzuela, Miguel Alcantud & Santiago Molero, and Andrei Platonov followed by a talk-back with Maitland, director Debra Caplan, José Ignacio Valenzuela, and Cheryl Smith. Hosted by fiction writer and playwright Saïd Sayrafiezadeh. RSVP requested, more information here. Martin E. Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.