Welcome to another August, which in Translationland means Women in Translation Month, when we celebrate and read works in translation by women authors. I wrote up a brief history of WiT Month last year, so instead of repeating all the same information this year, let me cut right to the chase: telling you all the ways Women in Translation Month is coming soon to a bookstore near you. A number of New York area bookstores are hosting Women in Translation Month events this year – in fact every single event I have so far on the August 2018 calendar is a #WiT Month event, so check them out!
As with last year, a number of publishers have decided to honor the women authors in translation they publish by offering significant Women in Translation Month discounts. What better reason to pick up some great reading material to sweeten your day at the beach, on the porch spring, or in a local park?
New Vessel Press is offering 40% of all its titles from Aug. 1 through Aug. 4. Visit the New Vessel website to select your books, and enter the discount code womenintranslation at checkout to take advantage of the discount.
Seven Stories Press is offering a 35% discount off seven of their latest titles by women authors from Aug. 1 through Aug. 8. See the Women in Translation page of the Seven Stories website for details and ordering information (and I’m told that a number of bookstores will be honoring the same discount in-store, just ask!).
Transit Books is offering 25% off all their books by women authors all month (use the discount code WIT). Visit the Women in Translation page on the Transit Books website for details.
Deep Vellum Books is offering 25% off all their books by women authors all month (no code needed). Visit the Deep Vellum website for details.
Open Letter Books is offering 40% off all their books written by and/or translated by women all month (with the discount code WIT2018). Visit the Open Letter website for details.
Tilted Axis Press is offering 30% off all books by women authors all month (discount code WIT2018). Visit the Tilted Axis website for details.
Restless Books is offering 30% off all books written by and/or translated by women all month (discount code WIT2018). Visit the Restless Books website for details.
Archipelago Books is offering a pair of 50% off sales in honor of Women in Translation Month, first for books translated by women, then for books written by women (some books will be on both lists, I gather). Use discount code womenintranslation. The first sale is now live on the Archipelago Books website and will be up until Aug. 20.
Other publishers, such as Two Lines Press and Grove Atlantic, aren’t offering discounts but have posted Women in Translation Month features on their websites.
I will continue to update this post as I learn about new discounts and celebrations.
Update 8/17: I’ve just heard that the Princeton Public Library is celebrating Women in Translation month by promoting literature in translation by women authors. What a great idea! Next year, we could all ask our local public libraries to consider doing something similar.
Please tweet about your reads with the hashtags #WomenInTranslation and #WITMonth, follow @Read_WIT (run by Meytal Radzinski, who first declared August Women in Translation Month five years ago and has just published an eye-opening set of Women in Translation statistics for 2018) and the website Women in Translation, and check out M. Lynx Qualey’s tips on ways to participate in Women in Translation Month this year.
Wishing you cool breezes and beautiful books as you celebrate Women in Translation Month!