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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 contributors. Wednesday, September 14 7:00pm    PEN Translation Presents “Banned But Translated”  (Word Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn; Free) Members of...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: Literary Quest: Westbeth Edition

Alexandre Vidal Porto reads from his novel Sergio Y. Photo: Bruna Dantas Lobato. I grabbed a map of the Westbeth Artists Housing in the West Village and traced a plan for the evening of salon-style readings, part of the PEN World Voices Festival. On Thursday, April 28, residents of Westbeth opened their homes to sixteen authors from around the world who would share their work. My quest for great literature began in apartment 954H, where Brazilian novelist Alexandre Vidal Porto sat...

We Have a New Book Review Editor!

We’re pleased to welcome M. Bartley Seigel as the new book review editor of Words without Borders. Matt comes to us with experience as poet, writer, literary editor and publisher, journalist, and teacher. He is the author of This Is What They Say (poetry, Typecast Publishing, 2012), and his writing has appeared in literary magazines such as DIAGRAM, H_NGM_N, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Thrush, among many others. Matt was also the founding editor of PANK Magazine, which he...

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

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 events.  In New York? Check out the schedule of events.   May 6, 2015 Events PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: "Armenian Genocide: A Dark Paradigm"  (Explore More: WWB's April...

Viva Translation!

In 2010 the acclaimed American writer Lydia Davis published a new English translation of Gustave Flaubert’s acclaimed novel Madame Bovary. The convergence of so much acclaim did not, of course, go unnoticed. In October of that year Jonathan Raban’s three-page review of the event came out in the New York Review of Books, and in November Julian Barnes devoted a whole bunch more pages to it in the London Review of Books, making full use of that praiseworthy and often thrilling...

We Have to Love Brazil: A FLIP Diary

Day One: Wednesday, July 4 Precisamos adorar o Brasil! We have to love Brazil! Anticipation is running high as FLIP (the Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty, or International Literary Festival of Paraty) kicks off its tenth year this evening. Set in a picturesque colonial village four hours outside Rio de Janeiro and founded by British publisher Liz Calder, FLIP has grown in size and import since its inauguration in 2003. Writers and readers—as many as 25,000...

The Advanced Language Class as Translation Workshop

A wonderful, and perhaps underappreciated, way to bring international literature into the classroom is through transforming advanced language classes into translation workshops. While language classes might seem an obvious home for news from afar, some people associate translation in language classes with a very old-fashioned approach—images conjured of Latin and Greek learned by musty old rote. But the workshop approach has many advantages, including facilitating a deep study of a...

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