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Words without Borders to Honor Sara Bershtel with Ottaway Award


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Words without Borders to Honor Sara Bershtel with Ottaway Award

New York City, New York, April 9, 2015—Sara Bershtel, publisher of Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, will be the recipient of the 2015 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature, Words without Borders announced today.

Bershtel has been a leading advocate for literature in translation during her long career at Pantheon Books, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux/Hill and Wang, and Metropolitan Books. The list of international writers she has published includes such luminaries as Emmanuel Carrère, Ida Fink, Eduardo Galeano, Christoph Hein, Ronit Matalon, Nobel laureate Herta Müller, Anna Politkovskaya, Li Rui, Rafik Schami, and Peter Schneider.

“Sara Bershtel is one of America’s most sensitive and discriminating editors,” said Jonathan Galassi, Words without Borders Board of Directors member and president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. “Time and again she has brought her broad and urbane understanding of literature and politics to the publishing of books that have made a crucial difference to our culture.”

The Ottaway Award will be presented to Ms. Bershtel at the annual Words without Borders gala on November 2, 2015, in New York City, co-chaired by Amy and Peter Bernstein and Jonathan Galassi.

Named in honor of the first chair of Words without Borders, James H. Ottaway, Jr., the annual award recognizes an individual whose work and activism has supported Words without Borders’ mission of promoting cultural understanding through the publication and promotion of international literature. In 2013, the inaugural Ottaway Award was presented to the renowned editor Drenka Willen; in 2014, the recipient was the accomplished editor and translator Carol Brown Janeway.

WWB’s 2014 gala will be held at Tribeca Three Sixty in New York City on November 2, 2015.

Words without Borders
Founded in 2003, Words without Borders is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. To date WWB has translated over 2,000 pieces representing 106 languages by writers from 127 countries. WWB has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the Guardian (UK), Vanity Fair, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as in various foreign-language papers and literary blogs. Our anthologies of international literature include Literature from the Axis of Evil, Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. Our most recent e-anthology is Words without Borders: The Best of the First Ten Years

Published Apr 8, 2015   Copyright 2015

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