2015 Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize Announced

tessThe Austrian Cultural Forum has just announced that its 2015 translation prize is being awarded to Tess Lewis for her translation-in-progress of Maja Haderlap’s novel Engel des Vergessens (Angel of Oblivion). The $5000 award will be presented at a March 24 ceremony at the Austrian Cultural Forum (details to come). Lewis, whose previous translations from French and German include works by Peter Handke, Alois Hotschnig, Julya Rabinowich, Melinda Nadj Abonji, Pascal Bruckner, and Jean-Luc Benoziglio, is also the curator of Festival Neue Literatur, which will take place next month (Feb.

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Apply Now for a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant

Michael Henry Heim

As most readers of this blog probably already know, winning a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant is one of the best ways to break into the translation scene as a newcomer, or to draw publishers’ attention to an unusual but worthy project. The size and number of available grants fluctuate every year along with the stock market, but usually there are something like a dozen grants awarded (last year there were 15), usually ranging from $2000-4000).

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Translation on Tap in NYC, Jan. 16 – 31, 2015

Here’s what’s coming up in Translationland:

Saturday, Jan. 17:

Why Retranslate the Classics? Panel discussion to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Asymptote Journal, with the great Edith Grossman talking about her retranslation of Don Quixote, Translationista talking about her ditto of The Metamorphosis, Damion Searls and Tara FitzGerald, moderator. This is a ticketed event (fundraiser), details here.

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An Officer and a Translator

Davis-210x300This is just a little post to note that the great Lydia Davis, whose translations (e.g. Madame Bovary, Swann’s Way, etc.) are as luscious as her own fiction writing, is about to be named an Officier of the French Order of Arts and Letters by Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy Antonin Baudry, in a closed ceremony in New York on Jan.

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Apply now for the 5th Biannual Graduate Student Translation Conference

Translation.banner.6The Biannual Graduate Student Translation conference is a splendid tradition dreamed up by Michael Henry Heim and launched in 2004 at UCLA; additional iterations of the conference (generally staged more than two years apart, alas) have since taken place at Columbia University, the University of Iowa and, most recently, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (in 2010, with Translationista as keynote speaker).

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Translation on Tap in NYC, Jan. 1 – 15, 2015

julialiviHappy new year, everyone! I’m looking forward to sharing another year of excellent translation events with you. Here’s what we’ve got to start us out:

Tuesday, Jan. 6:

The Art of Literary Translation: How Meaning Translates Across Languages, with PEN Translation Committee Co-Chair and National Translation Award winner Alex Zucker and Julia Livi, author of the bilingual children’s book series Voltaire: The Franco-American Hipster Dog.

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Translation at the 2015 MLA

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 11.45.46 PMTranslationista won’t be at the Modern Language Association’s annual convention this year, even though it’s the 5th anniversary of the legendary 2009 convention at which then MLA President Catherine Porter declared the master theme of the convention “The Tasks of Translation in the Global Context,” inspiring a spate of translation-flavored panels.

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