The 2019 Best Translated Book Awards in Poetry and Fiction were announced today at the New York Rights Fair. Translator and author of each winning book will receive a purse of $5000.
The winner of the prize in Fiction is Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau (Martinique), translated from the French by Linda Coverdale (New Press, and published by Sharmaine Lovegrove’s new imprint Dialogue Books in the UK under the title The Old Slave and the Mastiff.) The members of the Fiction jury this year were Pierce Alquist, Caitlin L. Baker, Kasia Bartoszyńska, Tara Cheesman, George Carroll, Adam Hetherington, Keaton Patterson, Sofia Samatar, and Ely Watson.
The winner of the prize in Poetry is Of Death. Minimal Odes (Brazil) by Hilda Hilst, translated from the Portuguese by Laura Cesarco Eglin (co-im-press). The members of this year’s Poetry jury were Jarrod Annis, Katrine Øgaard Jensen, Tess Lewis, Aditi Machado, and Laura Marris.
Congratulations to the winning translators!!