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October, 2013

The Week in Translation

Festival de la Palabra Oct 16 events Lehman College: 250 Bedford Park Blvd W (4 train to Bedford Park Blvd/Lehman College); Carmen Hall 224  6:00pm −8:40pm in Carmen Hall 224: Encuentro de estudiantes de “Literature of the Caribbean”, con Juan Carlos Méndez…...

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature: Down to the Wire

We're down to the wire: the Swedish Academy will announce the Nobel Prize in literature this Thursday at 1:00 pm Stockholm time. This decision breaks with the tradition of holding the literature prize till the week after the others, which could suggest an early consensus (or, more…...

The City and the Writer: In Santiago de Compostela, Galicia with Yolanda Castaño

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...

Join WWB for its Tenth Anniversary Gala

Words without Borders invites our readers to join us for our Tenth Anniversary Gala on October 29, 2013 from 6-9 PM, at Tribeca Three Sixty in New York City. Ticket information can be found on our Eventbrite page.   Celebrate ten years of WWB with us and join us in honoring distinguished book…...

We Have a New Executive Director!

We’re pleased to welcome Karen Phillips as the new executive director of Words without Borders. She joined us in late September and has hit the ground running with preparations for our upcoming 10th Anniversary Gala and preparations for the launch of Words without Borders Campus. Karen comes to…...

September, 2013

Upcoming ‘Walls and Bridges’ Events

what: Found in Translation: Discussion when: Friday, October 18, 11-5:30 where: NYU Institute for Public Knowledge  20 Cooper Square (at 6th street) 10003, 7th Floor more info: http://ow.ly/pmmdF what: Foreign Language Hopscotch, Performance Featuring Polyglot NewYorkers. Co-presented…...

Spain’s Great Untranslated on Tour

We're delighted to announce the fall tour for the anthology Spain's Great Untranslated, the print edition of our March 2013 issue. The tour kicks off Monday, September 30, in Miami, then continues to Houston on October 2 and Albuquerque on October 4. In Miami, editor and translator Valerie…...

Translator Relay: Breon Mitchell

What is your connection to the language(s) you translate from and/or the place(s) where the books you translate are written? I grew up on the plains of Kansas and had no knowledge at all with any foreign language until I took beginning German in high school. I assume Mr. Goering,…...

The Week in Translation

what: "What Translation Means" Symposium when: Friday, September 27 where: James Gallery, City University of New York Graduate Center more info: http://ow.ly/pabyz what: Landscape with Yellow Birds: A Bilingual Reading when: Friday, September 27, 6:30-7:45pm where: Instituto Cervantes, 211 E 49th…...

WWB Writers at the Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday

New York readers, we hope you'll spend your Sunday afternoon with the many WWB contributors appearing at the Brooklyn Book Festival. You can kick off at 11:00 with our Andy Tepper leading Alexander Maksik, Juan Gabriel Vásquez , and Oonya Kempadoo  in thoughts on national…...

The Week in Translation

what: "What Translation Means" Symposium when: Friday, September 27 where: James Gallery, City University of New York Graduate Center more info: http://ow.ly/oXvFj what: Landscape with Yellow Birds: A Bilingual Reading when: Friday, September 27, 6:30-7:45pm where: Instituto Cervantes, 211 E 49th…...

The City and the Writer: In Bogotá with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                     —Italo…...

The Week in Translation

what: The Bridge Series: Russian Translators when: Friday, September 13, 7pm where: Melville House, 145 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY more info: http://ow.ly/oJtAY

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature: Our Office Pool

Between the World Cup and the World Series comes high season for world literature: time to place your bets on this year's candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read two of the usual suspects, Adonis and Ko Un, right here, as well as laureates Herta Müller, J. M. G. Le Clézio,…...

Writing without Smileys: Dmitri Novoselov on “Traders”

Recently I unwittingly offended a friend. He didn’t get the point of a joke I’d made in an e-mail and took it seriously instead. Later he called me to sort things out. I asked why he’d felt snubbed: it was clearly a joke, wasn’t it? Pretty much, he replied, it looked like a joke…...

The City and the Writer: In Granada with Fernando Valverde

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Special Country Series / Spain 2013 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                        …...

August, 2013

Sławomir Mrożek, 1930–2013

Poland's great Sławomir Mrożek died August 15 in Nice. Though best known as a dramatist, Mrożek was also a prolific writer of short stories; we were delighted to include his "Ketchup," in Garry Malloy's witty translation, in our January 2012 issue on apocalypse. Mrożek's…...

Translator Relay: Carol Maier

Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. Ronald Christ passed the baton to Carol Maier, whose honors include fellowships from the NEA, the NEH, and the Illinois Arts Council.…...

“The Infinite Sequence of Minute Decisions”: An Editor at the BCLT Translation Summer School

I spent a rapt and giddy week last month at the British Center for Literary Translation’s summer school, housed at the lagomorphiliac University of East Anglia in Norwich. (I’d heard that the UEA campus is chockablock with rabbits, but did not anticipate that they would be grazing on the…...

The City and the Writer: In Beijing with Jen Lin-Liu

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                     —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe…...

July, 2013

Translation Roundup

READ Honors and Awards WWB is proud to have so many of its contributors included on the shortlist for PEN's 2013 Literary Awards. Congratulations to Rachida Madani and Marilyn Hacker (Poetry in Translation); Aron Aji, Alison Entrekin, Rosalind Harvey, and Katherine Silver (PEN Translation Prize)!…...

The City and the Writer: In Madrid with Patricio Pron

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Special Country Series / Spain 2013 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                     —Italo Calvino,…...

“The Tattered Cloak”: The Story of the Title

The Russophone reader will search in vain for a work by Nina Berberova entitled anything resembling “The Tattered Cloak.”  Yet not only did I publish a long story by her under that title, but the volume in which it appeared, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1991, used it as the title…...

Translator Relay: Ronald Christ

Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. Alfred Birnbaum passed the baton to Spanish translator Ronald Christ, who has translated everything from Mario Vargas Llosa's novels…...

June, 2013

The City and the Writer: In Kathmandu with Samrat Upadhyay

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Special City Series / Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood of Kathmandu as…...

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