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July, 2015

Translator Relay: Allison Markin Powell

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Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. For July's installment, Tess Lewis passed the baton to Allison Markin Powell, a literary translator, editor, and publishing consultant…...

New Youth and Old Nightmares

2015 has been a good year so far when it comes to contemporary Chinese literature in translation, thanks to the publication of English-language editions of novels by two of China’s most important contemporary writers: Yan Lianke and Yu Hua. Yan’s The Four Books, very ably translated by Carlos…...

June, 2015

The City and the Writer: In Cambridge, Massachusetts and Boulder, Colorado with David Gessner

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Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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 moods of Cambridge…...

The Week in Translation

APPLY what: Writers OMI at Ledig House, Fall 2015 Translation Lab: 12-day residency for five teams of writers & translators this fall when: November 10-21, 2015 where: OMI International Arts Center, Ghent, NY application deadline: July 15, 2015 more info: http://ow.ly/JvRYv   SUBMIT what: Gulf…...

Translation vs. Creative Writing Workshops: Structural Differences

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As a track within the MFA Program at Queens College, literary translation tends to follow the pedagogical models of creative writing in poetry, fiction, and drama. Operating on the principle that better writers become better translators, we require translation students to take writing courses in other…...

Dispatch from Florence’s Festival degli Scrittori

The ninth annual Festival degli Scrittori and the Premio von Rezzori, a Florence-based literary festival that culminates in a ceremony conferring the Premio von Rezzori for best foreign literary work and best translation of a foreign work, was held from June 10 through  June 12, 2015. It opened…...

The City and the Writer: In Portland, Maine, with Kathryn Miles

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Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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,…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: Launch for The Game for Real by Richard Weiner, translated by Benjamin Paloff, who will be joined by Alex Zucker.  when: Thursday, June 25, 7pm  where: Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn more info:http://ow.ly/OCAQW APPLY what: Writers OMI at Ledig House,…...

The City and the Writer: In New Orleans with Sheryl St. Germain

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Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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,…...

The Week in Translation

APPLY what: Writers OMI at Ledig House, Fall 2015 Translation Lab: 12-day residency for five teams of writers & translators this fall when: November 10-21, 2015 where: OMI International Arts Center, Ghent, NY application deadline: July 15, 2015 more info: http://ow.ly/JvRYv   SUBMIT what: Gulf…...

Interview with the Translator: Meg Matich talks to Alison Macomber

Following the Barnard College Translation in Transition conference, Alison Macomber interviewed conference presenter Meg Matich about her translations of Icelandic poetry and translation theory that she’s found useful in practice. Can you tell me a little bit about your current translation project(s)?…...

Translating Tweets from the Catalan Independence Movement

Liz Castro (@lizcastro) on the Power of Multilingual Social Networks  Muira McCammon probes the corners and crevices of cyberspace to better understand the political, legal, ethical, spatial, and ideological challenges involved in translating individual Tweets. She's interested in efforts to…...

The City and the Writer: In Council Bluffs, Iowa, with John T. Price

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Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: Award Ceremony for the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation's Translation Prize. when: Tuesday, June 9, 6-9pm where: The Century Association of New York/7 West 43rd Street/New York, NY more info: http://ow.ly/NHDLa APPLY what: Writers OMI at Ledig House,…...

Translation in Transition at Barnard College: Highlights from Day 2

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The Translation in Transition conference held at Columbia University’s Barnard College in May featured nineteen panelists and three round table participants from colleges and universities across the country. Organized collectively by the Center for Translation Studies at Barnard College, Mary Grace…...

Translation in Transition at Barnard College: Frontiers and Futures of Translation

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Even newer than translation studies is one of its emerging arms and its more-likely-than-not future: the machine in translation. How will and how is the digital age changing the act of translation? All of the presenters at "Frontiers and Futures of Translation: The Machine Age, the Age of the Digital…...

The City and the Writer: In South Lake Tahoe with Suzanne Roberts

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Special Series/Nature Writers 2015 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.                          …...

The Week in Translation

GO what: Award Ceremony for the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation's Translation Prize. when: Tuesday, June 9, 6-9pm where: The Century Association of New York/7 West 43rd Street/New York, NY more info: http://ow.ly/NHDLa APPLY what: ALTA Travel Fellowships…...

May, 2015

The Translator Relay: Tess Lewis

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Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. For May's installment, Donald Nicholson-Smith passed the baton to Tess Lewis, who is a translator from French and German, in addition…...

My Favorite Bookstore: Yardenne Greenspan on Halper’s Books

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Halper's Books, 87 Allenby Street, Tel Aviv, Israel 65134 A path emerges from the busy, smoky, sooty Allenby Street in southern Tel Aviv, leading to a yard fenced in by bookcases. The books in the yard are mostly in French, but the ones inside the shop are in Hebrew and English, too. Tel Aviv’s…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: Best Translated Book Awards, hosted by Chad Post when: Wednesday, May 27, 2:30pm where: Eastside Stage, Javits Center, NYC more info: http://ow.ly/No4uU what: China-America Literary Symposium 2015: Reading Contemporary China when: Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-8:30pm where: SUNY's Confucius…...

2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Hoda Barakat

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Hoda Barakat was born in Beirut in 1952 and brought up in Bsharré, Lebanon. She has worked in teaching and journalism, and has published five novels, two plays, a book of short stories and a book of memoirs, as well as contributing to books written in French. Her work has been translated into…...

2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Ibrahim al-Koni

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Born in 1948 in Ghadames Oasis, Ibrahim al-Koni was brought up on the tradition of the Tuaregs, popularly known as "the veiled men" or "the blue men." Mythological elements, spiritual quest, and existential questions mingle in the writings of al-Koni, who has been hailed as magical realist,…...

2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Katherine Silver

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Katherine Silver is an award-winning translator of literature from Spanish and is the co-director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC) in Alberta, Canada. Her most recent translations include works by Martín Adán, Daniel Sada, Horacio Castellanos Moya, César…...

2015 Man Booker International Prize Questionnaire: Michiel Heyns

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Michiel Heyns attended school in South Africa, in Thaba Nchu, Kimberley, and Grahamstown, and studied at the universities of Stellenbosch (B.Comm., MA, D. Litt.) and Cambridge (MA). He served as professor of English at Stellenbosch University from 1987 until 2002, when he took early retirement to be…...

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