Announcing The James H. Ottaway Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information
Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
E-mail Address: joshua@wordswithoutborders.org
Web site Address: wordswithoutborders.org

New York City, New York, March 25, 2013—Words without Borders announces the creation of the James H. Ottaway, Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature

Words without Borders, a nonprofit and online magazine, has announced the creation of the James H. Ottaway, Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature (aka The Ottaway). The Ottaway is named in honor of the organization’s first chair and current Chair Emeritus, James H. Ottaway, Jr., in recognition of his leadership during the organization’s formative years. It will be first presented  at WWB’s 10th anniversary  dinner in October of this year  and thereafter at the organization’s annual benefit dinner to an individual whose work and activism have supported the mission of Words without Borders, of promoting cultural understanding through the publication and promotion of international literature.

"With this award, we are recognizing Jim's critical support during the formative years of WWB.  It is no exaggeration to say that without his leadership and dedication, WWB would not be what it is today.  As we celebrate our tenth anniversary this year, we also celebrate Jim's commitment, which has been a boon to WWB and serves as an inspiration to the publishing and philanthropic communities as well."

Nominees for The Ottaway will be solicited from the large community of translators, authors, publishers, agents, editors, and activists, and the final honoree chosen by a select jury. The Ottaway will not honor a translated work or body of work, but instead honor individuals who have succeeded in furthering literature in translation in the United States.

For additional information, please contact:

Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Email Address: joshua@wordswithoutborders.org
Web site Address: wordswithoutborders.org


Founded in 2003, Words without Borders is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of global understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. To date WWB has translated over 1,600 pieces of literature and poetry representing 92 languages by writers from 119 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 numerous literary blogs. Our most recent print anthology is Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010).

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