Translation on Tap in NYC, June 1 – 15, 2015

I’m on my way to London to participate with Jenny Erpenbeck in an event on Tuesday at the London Review Bookshop for finalists for the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize; the prize itself will be announced Wednesday evening U.K. time (wish me luck!) And when I get home I’ll be turning right around to travel to Vermont to teach in the first ever Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference.

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2015 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize Shortlist

poster_oxford_translation_day_2015_2To my delight, my translation of Jenny Erpenbeck’s The End of Days has been named a finalist for the 2015 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. This annual prize honors the art of translation and is awarded during a day of workshops and talks called Oxford Translation Day – to be held June 13 this year (program here).

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Apply Now to Become a 2015 ALTA Fellow

ALTAlogoIf you’re an emerging translator, attending the American Literary Translators Association conference is one of the best things you can do to jump-start your career, especially if you land one of the coveted $1000 fellowships given out every year to help newcomers to the field attend. Everything I wrote about this last year still applies; and you can read here what last year’s fellows had to say about the experience, and last year’s program is still online.

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2015 PEN Translation Prizes Announced

If you’ve been on tenterhooks ever since the shortlists for the PEN Translation Prize and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation were made public last month, you’re in luck: this year’s winners have just been announced.Griswold_Picture and Bookpsd

The 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation has gone to Eliza Griswold for I Am the Beggar of the World, a collection of work by Afghan women writers translated from the Pashto (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

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Translation on Tap in NYC, May 16 – 31, 2015

Xi Chuan

Finally spring has arrived, a summery spring at that: perfect weather for translation events! BEA will be taking place from May 27-29, and I’ve listed a large number of translation events associated with the expo here. And then there’s this:

Friday, May 15:
A Poetry Reading and Conversation with translator/poets Xi Chuan and Eliot Weinberger, introduced by Jeffrey Yang.

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Translation at BEA 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 4.08.15 PMIt’s about time for Book Expo America (May 27-29), the big New York-based trade fair for the book industry, and this year’s programming includes a large number of translation events. The featured country this year is China, so look for a lot of events featuring Chinese publishers, editors, and authors. I’ve included the most translation-centric of these in my listing below, and you can find more here (China-related events) and here (all others).

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Talking Translation at the 2015 PEN World Voices Festival: Bloggers and the Slam

This was such a productive PEN World Voices Festival in terms of translation that I wound up blog-exhausting myself yesterday on just the one panel, but there were two more events I attended that I’d like to share some information about. The first was the bloggers’ panel directly following the Women’s Voices in Translation one – both were organized by the PEN Translation Committee and held on Saturday IMG_4884in the gorgeous ballroom/event space across the hall from Albertine, the prettiest little bookstore you’ll ever see, featuring only French-language literature – both in French and in English translation – tucked away in a Fifth Ave.

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