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May, 2015

2015 Man Booker International Prize Finalists at Words without Borders

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The Man Booker International Prize, given every two years, recognizes writers whose work as appeared in English or been translated into English for literary achievement over the duration of their careers.  Among the eight finalists for the 2015 Man Booker Prize International who write in a...

The City and the Writer: In Cochabamba with Rodrigo Hasbún

Special Series/The Palestinians 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....

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: Women’s Voices in Translation

Saturday afternoon, writers, translators, editors, and publishers, gathered above Albertine bookstore to discuss the gender bias in literary translations published in the United States. “Where are the women authors in translation?” the panel of experts wanted to know—and...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “Édouard Glissant: Everything Scatter, Scatter”

The celebration of the late Martinican poet, writer, and cultural commentator began as moderator Christopher Winks set the room in a trance by reading some of Édouard Glissant’s poetry in its original French. Winks admitted that there is no panel that can sufficiently excavate the life...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “Headscarves and Hymens”

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution is the title of Mona Eltahaway’s new book, described by the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux as “a passionate manifesto decrying misogyny in the Arab world.”...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “In and Out of Africa”

Photo: Molly Leon/PEN American Center Regular attendees at PEN World Voices know that the advertised theme of a panel may have little relation with what you end up hearing from the participants. The more participants there are, the more this may be true. “In and Out of Africa,”...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “The Arrivants”

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN Word Voices Festival of International Literature To celebrate Kamau Brathwaite’s The Arrivants, Teju Cole, Nathalie Handal, and Binyavanga Wainaina spoke about the poet’s life and read from his work. The discussion was moderated by Brent Hayes Edwards at the...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “Queer Futures”

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN World Voices Festival On May 6, 2015, the PEN World Voices Festival brought together South African visual activist Zanele Muholi, Nigerian social entrepreneur Kehinde Bademosi, and Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina for a panel discussion on “Queer...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “African Poets: The New Generation”

On Thursday evening at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, an eager crowd settled in to hear a discussion about Eight New-Generation African Poets, a box set of chapbooks just released last month. Although editor Chris Abani had been unexpectedly waylaid and was unable to make the event, editor Kwame Dawes...

The PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “Divine Punishment”

            Photo: Elsa Ruiz When the award-winning thriller Castigo Divino was first published in 1988, its author Sergio Ramirez was three years into his term as vice president of Nicaragua. The manuscript for the English translation of the novel was...

2015 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature: Coverage at Words without Borders

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The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature returns for an eleventh year, this time focusing on the literatures of Africa. Words without Borders will be be covering many of the events here on our Dispatches blog. Check back daily for ongoing coverage of...

The PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: “Armenian Genocide: A Dark Paradigm”

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In 1915, 1.5 million Armenians perished. Much of the world has yet to acknowledge the systematic killing, torture, and displacement of the Armenians as genocide. On May 6, 2015, PEN scholars gathered to pay tribute to eighty-two writers and cultural leaders who were among the dead. The event was...

The Last Visit: Tomas Tranströmer in December 2013

In Stockholm's old town, the alleys are so packed with snow that you have to climb down to enter stores. The bridge railings seem to be dwarfed, and the black waters of the Baltic Sea, which spill into the city, shine oily and cold. It's December and all festivities are sequestered behind...

The City and the Writer: In Gaza City with Atef Abu Saif

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Special Series/The Palestinians 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: PEN World Voices Festival when: May 4-10 where: NYC more info: http://ow.ly/M98wE what: The Literary Mews: Reading and Lecture with Abdourahman Waberi when: Friday, May 8, 3-4pm where: 19 Washington Square more info: http://ow.ly/MsLeD SUBMIT what: The Guardian's...

April, 2015

Burton Watson Awarded PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation

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PEN has just announced that the renowned scholar and translator from Chinese Burton Watson has won the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. One of PEN’s most prestigious lifetime achievement awards, the medal is given every three years to a translator whose career has...

The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem with Ibtisam Azem

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Special Series/The Palestinians 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: Barnard Center for Translation Studies "Translation in Transition" conference (free and open to the public) when: May 1-2 where: Barnard College, NYC more info: http://ow.ly/M98s1 what: PEN World Voices Festival when: May 4-10 where: NYC more info: http://ow.ly/M98wE SUBMIT...

Crafting a Cultural Idiom of Engagement: The US President’s Persian Poetry (Part 2)

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This the second part of a two-part series on president Barack Obama's use of Persian poetry as a diplomatic tool. Click here to read part one. In his 2015 message, as he had done previously in 2013, the president quoted from the poetry of Hafez. Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafez of Shiraz, who died...

Crafting a Cultural Idiom of Engagement: The US President’s Persian Poetry (Part 1)

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The events culminating in the interim agreement between Iran and the members of the P5+1 group in Lausanne, Switzerland over Iran’s nuclear program are sure to attract historians wishing to understand how two countries with minimal diplomatic ties (severed more than three decades ago) were...

We Have a New Book Reviews Editor

Words without Borders is pleased to announce K. Thomas Kahn has joined us as book reviews editor. Kahn’s criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, The Quarterly Conversation, Open Letters Monthly, Bookslut, 3:AM Magazine, Berfrois,...

The City and the Writer: In Nazareth with Sousan Hammad

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Special Series/The Palestinians 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: Tim Parks discusses his new essay collection, Where I’m Reading From: The Changing World of Books, which examines the rise of the “global” novel and the disappearance of literary styles that do not travel; the changing vocation of the writer today; the...

The City and the Writer: In London with Hannah Khalil

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Special Series/The Palestinians 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

SUBMIT   what: The Guardian's 2015 Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation submission deadline: May 22, 2015 more info: http://ow.ly/HWpxQ   APPLY   what: ALTA Travel Fellowships when: ALTA 2015: Translation & Traffic (Oct. 28-31, 2015) where: Tucson,...

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