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October, 2013

Celebrating WWB and Drenka Willen: Our Tenth Anniversary Gala

Tuesday night WWB staff, board, contributors, supporters, and readers gathered at Tribeca 360, where the panoramic view mirrored the sweep of our content, to celebrate our tenth anniversary and present the inaugural James H. Ottaway Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature…...

Dispatch from the 2013 ALTA Conference

On Friday, October 18th, the second day of the 2013 American Literary Translators Association Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington,  keynote speaker Cole Swensen spoke about translating the word “friendship.” She presented the origins and roots of the word in different languages,…...

The City and the Writer: In Baltimore with Mary Jo Salter

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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.                              …...

From the Translator: On Flowers and Maps

Mark Twain once joked that God created war so Americans could learn geography. Luckily for us, humanity countered with a solution of its own: translation. I believe most Americans, upon hearing the word “Moldova,” tend to think of a particularly nasty type of fungus that grows in the interspaces…...

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: It’s Alice Munro

In the agents' center of the Frankfurt Book Fair, a squeal of delight snaps everyone to attention: the Nobel goes to Alice Munro. In what is perhaps an homage to Munro's chosen form, the Swedish Academy's citation notes, simply, "master of the short story." She's the…...

This novel is smoking

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The Museum of Innocence, translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely, was the first novel published by Orhan Pamuk after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. A memory novel of more than 500 pages, it takes the reader back to the Istanbul of Pamuk’s youth, and belies the common belief…...

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.…...

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