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May, 2014

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Romeo and Juliet in the Dessert Aisle

Like a Portuguese baker preparing creamy pastéis de nata, to write this post I need to start with eggs. Yolks, to be specific. During the Colonial period, Portuguese convents and monasteries used the whites (clara) for starching clothes in their laundries, while the yolks (gema) were simply thrown…...

From the Abu Dhabi Book Fair

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (April 30–May 5) has just wrapped up its seventh year. As in the past, the fair was an enormous undertaking, with school field trips, dozens of author events and book signings, cooking demonstrations, book sales, professional seminars, publisher-to-publisher…...

The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Andri Snær Magnason

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 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 Reykjavik as you feel/see…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: Launch for The Book of Rio and The Football Crônicas, featuring Lucy Greaves, Toni Marques, Jethro Soutar, and Diego Trelles Paz. when: Monday, June 2, 7pm where: Free Word Lecture Theatre more info: http://ow.ly/wK7vA what: 45th Poetry International…...

From the Translator: One-handed Translation

When presumably innocent Susan Harris and Samantha Schnee were in touch about translating a story by Israel Centeno titled “Romanza Pornomilitar,” selected by editor Ana Nuño for the special Venezuelan issue, the answer, honestly, was a no-brainer. I was “encantada” (a…...

The Short on “Short”: An Interview with Alan Ziegler

Alan Ziegler—beloved Columbia University professor, master teacher of teaching, writer in his own right, and champion of short prose—is also the editor of Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms.…...

My Favorite Bookstore: Emily Vizzo on Bart’s Books

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302 West Matilija Street, Ojai, California 93023 I have a particular affection for Bart’s Books in Ojai, California. When I first started driving cars, just getting there was an adventure. To get there from my hometown, you have to take a deep, veering right-hand turn off the coastal 101 North…...

The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Kristín Ómarsdóttir

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 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 Reykjavik as you…...

PEN World Voices -  Master/Class: László Krasznahorkai and Colm Tóibín

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On my way to see Colm Tóibín interview László Krasznahorkai I read Will Self's Guardian article "The novel is dead (this time it's for real)." I can only conclude after listening to Mr. Krasznahorkai speak about his life and art that the novel is dead only in…...

PEN World Voices Festival 2014: Balkan Literature

5pm, Saturday, May 3, 2014 Invisible Dog, Brooklyn NY Participants: Aleksandar Hemon, Igor Stiks, Ognjen Spahic, Vladimir Tasic Moderator: Mika Buljevic Presented in association with Invisible Dog and Trust for Mutual Understanding. During this lively panel in the sprawling, sunlit loft on the top floor…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: 45th Poetry International Festival, In Other Words translation project when: June 10-14 where: Rotterdam more info: http://ow.ly/uSSSG SUBMIT what: Workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages when: June 16-20, 2014 where: University of Illinois…...

PEN World Voices: A Windy Indy Book Fair at the Literary Mews

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After record-breaking rains this week, Friday dawned sunny and windy—near-perfect weather for a book fair along the picturesque pedestrian alleyway known as the NYU Mews. Words without Borders was one of 20-some independent presses and magazines convened by the Council of Literary Magazines and…...

PEN World Voices 2014: Babette’s Feast 2.0

Amid the impressive and overwhelming lineup of this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, “Babette’s Feast 2.0: 101 Spring Street” stood out for its tantalizing premise. Who could resist the opportunity to hear readings from five prominent, mostly Nordic, writers—a literary…...

PEN World Voices 2014: Literature of the Great War

7 pm, Wednesday, April 30 The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square Participants: Geoff Dyer, Justin Go, & Liesl Schillinger Moderator: Janne Teller Co-sponsored by Cooper Union, Melville House, and New York Review Books Classics.     When someone in…...

Development Intern

Words without Borders (WWB) seeks a highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented Development Intern. The Development Intern will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Administrative Coordinator to support the organization’s fundraising activities including institutional…...

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Interview with Paulo Henriques Britto

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The title of Paulo Henriques Britto’s most recent poetry collection, Formas do nada (Forms of Nothing), should tip you off to the kind of writer he is—concise yet expansive, simultaneously straightforward and existential. His smart, playful poems, usually written in Portuguese but occasionally…...

April, 2014

Talking about Taboos: Dutch and Flemish Writers at BookCourt, Tomorrow May 1

163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited--please RSVP.  Join us for a lively panel discussion and reading in celebration of the May 2014 issue of Words without Borders featuring new Dutch and Flemish writing on taboos. Joseph O'Neill will…...

From the Translator: Han Yujoo’s “Lament”: Writing Through the Blank Page

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you’re Han Yujoo and life gives you writer’s block, you write about it and create something beautiful in the process. Let me begin by clarifying: I’m a translator, and I’m also a writer. Or, as I like to say, I’m a translator…...

The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik, Iceland with Sjón

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Special Series / Iceland 2014 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 Reykjavik as you…...

From the Translator: Totalitarian Capitalism in a Windowless Room

In the winter of 2007, I ditched my plans to go to medical school and chose Mouthwatering by Kim Aeran as my first translation project. Like all derailing decisions I’ve made in my life that in time proved sound, a woman was behind it. Her name was Saein. She wanted to be a poet. Before I met her,…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: PEN World Voices Festival when: April 28-May 4 where: NYC, various locations more info: http://ow.ly/weU4N what: 45th Poetry International Festival, In Other Words translation project when: June 10-14 where: Rotterdam more info: http://ow.ly/uSSSG APPLY what: University…...

WWB Writers and Translators at PEN World Voices Festival

Monday kicks off the ten-year anniversary of the PEN World Voices Festival, and we here at Words without Borders could not be more excited. This year, the festival is celebrating those authors who live life “on the edge”—risking it all to share both their craft and their beliefs with…...

“Thank You, Gabo”: Translators on García Márquez

In response to the death of Gabriel García Márquez, some of our translators from Spanish share thoughts on their first encounters with his work. We'll hear from others in the near future. "It was mid February 2001 when I first read Cien años. Like a lot of people, I remember…...

My Favorite Bookstore: Tommy Zurhellen on Paperback Exchange

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Paperback Exchange, Via delle Oche 4R, Florence, Italy Walking though Florence can feel like drowning. Just navigating the constant undertow of tourists that ebb and flow every day between the towering Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica can be exhausting. But next time, do this: halfway down Via Roma,…...

International Books & Roses Day: April 26

what: Literary crawl through Brooklyn’s DUMBO community in celebration of La Diada de Sant Jordi, also known as “International Books & Roses Day” and UNESCO’s “World Book Day.” The event, which will highlight literature in translation, will take place in partnership…...

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