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September, 2016

Read This If You Love Fashion Month

Image: A scene from Zoolander. Creative Commons. As the fashion industry soldiers through September, marching from New York to London to Milan and on to Paris, we’re sneaking behind the catwalks and browsing behind the scenes in our archives. Try on these five...

The Translator Relay: Kareem James Abu-Zeid

WWB’s Translator Relay features an interview with a different translator each month. This month’s translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question.  For September’s installment, Ming Di passed the baton to Kareem James Abu-Zeid,...

The Many Voices of Lina Prosa’s “Lampedusa Snow”

Image: The Italian Alps, photographed by Andrew Raimondi, 2015. Wikimedia Commons. Allison Grimaldi-Donahue and Nerina Cocchi’s translation of Lina Prosa’s “Lampedusa Snow” appears in the September 2016 issue of Words without Borders: There Is No...

The Nobel Prize in Literature, Round Two

“The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, steady business.” —John Steinbeck As the Nobel Prize announcement nears, the pace is picking up in both speculations and wagering. The cheerily named NicerOdds (owned by one Håkan...

WWB Event — New Italian Voices

Image: Darrin Zammit Lupi, from “Isle Landers,” 2014, photograph. @ Darrin Zammit Lupi.  To celebrate our September issue, There Is No Map: The New Italian(s), Words Without Borders presents an evening with translators Sole Anatrone, Martha Cooley, and...

The City and the Writer: In Skopje with Igor Isakovski

Image: Igor Isakovski, photographed by Marjan Stojkovski. Igor Isakovski was a leading Macedonian poet, prose writer, translator, and editor. He was born on September 19, 1970 in Skopje and died on December 15, 2014. He was forty-four years old. Paired Post: A Tribute to Igor...

A Tribute to Igor Isakovski (1970–2014)

Image: Igor Isakovski. Paired Post: In Skopje with Igor Isakovski A moment with the poems of the energetic, soulful, and eminent Macedonian poet and writer Igor Isakovski on his birthday—September 19. This December 15 will mark two years since Igor’s death at forty-four...

Does “Immigrant Writing” Exist?

Image: Immigrants on the Steamer Germanic, illustration, 1887. Wikimedia Commons. This month’s issue on migration to and within Italy revisits a frequent WWB topic. It’s an endlessly variable subject, as diverse and specific as the people and countries...

Our Guide to the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival & Bookend Events

The Brooklyn Book Festival is this Sunday, with a stellar lineup of literary conversations, preceded by exciting Bookend events all this week. Below is our itinerary of not-to-be-missed festival and bookend events featuring international writers and translators, including WWB...

The Watchlist: September 2016

Every month, Words without Borders reviews editor M. Bartley Seigel shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles he’s excited about, books he hopes you’ll agree are worth our good attentions. From Akashic Books, Brussels Noir, edited by Michel Dufranne;...

We’re Hiring: Communications Intern

Communications Intern Part-Time New York, NY Words Without Borders seeks an outgoing, creative, and highly organized Communications Intern for the fall of 2016. The Communications Intern will work closely with the Executive Director and the...

The Thoughtful Traveler: On Giampiero Neri’s Poetry

Image: Lake Annone in Lombardy, Italy, near to where Giampiero Neri grew up. Wikimedia Commons. Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani’s translations of Giampiero Neri’s prose-poems appear in the August 2016 issue: There Is No Map: The New Italian(s). Martha and...

First Read: From “Landing”

Image: From the cover of Landing (Hispabooks). Landing, by Laia Fàbregas and translated by Samantha Schnee, is forthcoming from Hispabooks (September, 13, 2016). He died while we were landing. During takeoff I had noticed how his hands were riveted to his knees and how...

7 Stories from Classrooms Around the World

It’s back-to-school season in the northern hemisphere, and even those of us who are no longer students can feel the fall offers a fresh start and new opportunities for knowledge. We’re refreshing our own ideas of education with these scenes from classrooms around the...

Our 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Office Pool

Between the Olympics and the World Series comes high season for world literature: time to place your bets on this year’s candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read two of the usual suspects, Adonis and Ko Un, right here, as well as laureates Svetlana...

The City and the Writer: In Beirut with Hala Alyan

Image: Hala Alyan. Photographed by Luc Kordas. If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you...

WWB Weekend: Willy Wonka and the Interstellar Chocolate Factory

With the death of Gene Wilder and the many remembrances of his Willy Wonka days, we’re finding both chocolate and solace in Yoss’s “Interstellar Biochocolate Mousse à la Solitaire . . . For Two,” from our May issue of Cuban speculative fiction....

August, 2016

Keep Reading #WIT with These 13 Taiwanese Writers

Image: Taiwanese writers Ping Lu, Ye Mimi, and Chen Ruoxi. On the heels of WWB’s August issue, Turning Points: Women Writers from Taiwan, here is a selection of full-length contemporary works, featuring writing from WWB contributors Hsia Yü, Qiu Miaojin, Shih Chiung-Yu,...

Running Out of Time? 10 Short Works to Read Before Labor Day.

Not ready to let go of summer yet? Neither are we! Here are ten short works of fiction (all under 150 pages) by authors from all over the world to round out your summer reading:   1. Antwerp by Roberto Bolaño Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer New Directions...

WWB Weekend: When the Earth Moves

Image: Local prefecture in L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy, after the 2009 earthquake. Wikimedia Commons. This week’s horrific earthquake in central Italy sends us back to the accounts of other quakes elsewhere, as survivors testify to the geographical and emotional havoc wrought by...

The Translator Relay: Ming Di

Image: Poet and translator Ming Di.  WWB’s Translator Relay features an interview with a different translator each month. This month’s translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question.  For August’s installment, Mihaela...

The City and the Writer: In Tirana with Ani Gjika

Image: Ani Gjika. If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Tirana as you...

WWB Weekend: Three Summer Jobs from Hell

Image: Cubicles, 2006. Wikimedia Commons. If you, like us, are sulking at your desk while the rest of the world festoons Facebook with holiday snaps, perhaps you'll find some comfort in these tales of less-than-ideal summer jobs:   1. Caregiving in Suburban Amsterdam...

Where Are the Women in Translation? Here Are 31 to Read Now.

Image: Noemi Jaffe, Paulina Chiziane, and Carmen Boullosa. In 2013 Alison Anderson asked, “Where are the women in translation?” In celebration of Women in Translation month, here are books by 31 women writers from around the world to add to your reading list.  ...

The Watchlist: August 2016

Every month, from the reviews desk to you, Words without Borders shares a handful of new titles they are excited about and think you should be excited about, too. This month’s list was compiled by Stephanie Hubble, a student at Michigan Technological University, with...

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