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

So 2015 is on its way out, but there’s still a little time left to get your translation on and plenty to go to, including several events being presented as part of Read Russia’s Russian Literature Week 2015. Here’s what’s on tap before the holidays:

Tuesday, Dec. 1:

Seductions of Surveillance: Hilbig_WebseiteThe Writings of Wolfgang Hilbig, featuring the translator of two new books by Hilbig (the collection of stories The Sleep of the Righteous and his novel I), Isabel Fargo Cole.

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Submit Now for the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation


Cliff Becker

This is the fourth year of the annual Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation, created to honor Cliff Becker, who was the much-beloved director of literary programs at the National Endowment for the Arts until his untimely death in 2005. To compete for the prize, translators are invited to submit bilingual manuscripts of translated poetry postmarked by Nov.

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What I Learned at ALTA 2015, Pt. 1


Matvei Yankelevich discusses the art of the mistake

This year’s ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) conference in Tucson, AZ was one of the best-attended in recent history, with initial estimates of around 370 attendees. Unfortunately I didn’t arrive until Thursday evening, so missed the ALTA Fellows‘ reading (and indeed all the Thursday programming that preceded it), but did manage to catch the announcement of the 2015 ALTA awards.

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Translation on Tap in NYC, Nov. 16 – 30, 2015

Early November was crowded with events, and now we’re settling in for a calmer end of month, but you won’t want to miss this:

grammarofgodThursday, Nov. 19:

A Public Space presents translator Aviya Kushner talking about her new book The Grammar of God, an investigation of the Hebrew Bible and how language shapes belief, looking at (among other things) lots of different Bible translations.

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2015 ALTA Prizes Announced

NewWawGreetings from Tucson, of which I have seen, so far, only the airport, the highway, and the American Literary Translators Association conference hotel, but I wanted to lose no time in letting you know the winners of the four ALTA prizes that were announced this evening at the  conference – which, by the way, has record attendance this year: there were at least 350 people there in the hotel ballroom when the awards were given out, creating an excellent standing-room-only effect.

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2015 Italian Prose in Translation Award Shortlist

ALTAlogoThe American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) has just announced the finalists for the inaugural year of the Italian Prose in Translation Award. The winner of the prize will be announced during this year’s ALTA conference, which is being held starting this evening in Tucson, AZ. If I have understood correctly, this means we’ll know who won the prize tomorrow evening.

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

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 11.08.06 AMIt’s November again, which means it’s time for the New Literature from Europe Festival, which this year features two excellent-sounding translation events, listed below starting Nov. 7 (or see the complete festival schedule here).

Wednesday, Nov. 4:

The Bridge Series presents Aaron Lacayo discussing his translations of Gordon Matta-Clark’s art cards as part of McNally Jackson Live, a new variety show; more information here.

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