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Kathy Cohen conquers the Israel Football League. Fans and pros go wild for American football in Israel. Yogi teaches Kathy to quarterback in one crash lesson. What does it mean to love? There are probably still a number of books to be added before the year is out, but we're getting close to having a pretty stable—and pretty In response to a listener email, Tom expands on his comments from last podcast about the American Booksellers Association. Chad shares some data about genre works in translation and wonders about adding this to the Translation Database.
He also has some curious info about Icelandic books in translation and then promotes one She has all the best graphs, pie charts, breakdowns, overviews, recommendations, and more. Go click on that link and spend a day reading everything she has to say. I looked over It was created by Meytal Radzinski back in , and has since spawned Usually I try and make the first post of the month one that's based around some sort of statistical analysis of what's going on with literature in translation.
Since this is Women in Translation Month WIT , it would make a great deal of sense to run a bunch of data about women writers in translation, women translators, It's pretty obvious what's Maybe a lot? Sure seems like it. So, yeah. Thanks to a different writing deadline, the revamping of this website still a bit of a work in progress , and trips to Chicago, Houston, and New York with another NY trip later this week , I've fallen slightly behind with my weekly missives, so expect a bunch of these to drop over the next week or so. First up, I want to Last week, the longlists for the Best Translated Book Award were released and were loaded with books translated from the Spanish.
Eight works of fiction and one poetry collection. Nine titles total out of the thirty-seven on the combined longlists. Twenty-five percent! One-quarter of the Like, for me, if Now that the Translation Database is over at Publishers Weekly, and in a format that makes it both possible to update in real time1 and much easier to query, I want to use it as the basis of a couple new regular columns here at Three Percent. First off, I want to get back to running monthly previews of translations.
Back at last! Chad and Tom reunite after a month in which Tom finished building an entire bookstore and bar, which is now open! OK, so these clues are as late as possible, but I did promise a week of BTBA hints, and technically, I have twelve more hours until the longlists are unveiled. This past Besides, it just looks prettier in that format. Although the main point of this post is pretty general and obvious—the rich get richer by already being rich—it was inspired by some publishing-specific, Rather than include all the things that happened with Open Letter last year—from the success of our 2nd Annual Last October, we put on our first ever celebration or gala here in Rochester.
It was centered around the release of Rochester Knockings, which was translated from the French by local poet-translator Jennifer Grotz who also runs the translation program at the University of Rochester. The local band The Fox Sisters played, Running a little bit late with the BTBA announcments for this year, but over the next week, expect to see the official page updated and an updated to the translation database.
I floated the idea of starting some sort of monthly book club in my year-end poetry list, and after Tom and I talked about it on the latest podcast, I convinced myself that this would be a fun and interesting idea to try and implement.
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My general idea is that every month we would feature two Reading the World Book Club The gender disparity in terms of women in translation has been fairly well documented—see the Considering how many translations are coming out My hope is to produce a bunch of lists featuring literature in translation from , all organized by various rubrics that can allow you to find a handful of recommendations with a As you probably know already, Open Letter Books is a non-profit publishing house.
I really, really want to air my massive grievances with Actes Sud and the French Publishers Agency over how poorly—and, in my opinion, unprofessionally—they handled the sales of U. Spoiler alert: Buy the tickets here. The celebration is set to take place at For the handful of people who read these posts every month I hope there are at least three of you , unfortunately, this one is going to be pretty short. I know! It was like something out of Furthermore, without translations and the people who wrote First off, from Part I: A small percentage of literary books published Michael Orthofer runs the Complete Review — a book review site with a focus on international fiction — and its Literary Saloon weblog.
Go to war with Saddam Hussain; publish a ton of Arabic works. One of the many interesting things about judging the Best Translated Book Award is the sense it gives you of what and how much is actually being translated into English and This Thursday or next the Swedish Academy will likely announce who will receive the Nobel Prize in Literature — still considered the ultimate Originally published in , this sounds like the sort of crazy, About this, I have lots to share.
For everyone interested in the state of literature in translation today, I just posted updates to the Translation Database and the one. First things first: In , AmazonCrossing published more works of fiction and poetry in translation than any other press except for Dalkey Archive, and is the largest publisher Another favorite translator—Allison Powell—has just launched Japanese Literature in English, a website that plays to all of my databasing and list making impulses. OK, so first off, for anyone who saw my little Facebook hissy fit last night about Bookish, I apologize.
That said, and before I get more fully into the Bookish conundrum, a few of the I just found out that And Other Stories, arguable the hottest and most successful new publisher of the past few years, is looking to hire a NY-based part-time publicity director. Just reproducing the press release the GBO sent me, since it says everything that needs to be said in the best way possible: The German Book Office is excited to announce that Kurt Beals has won its first ever translation competition.
Every day I come in with good intentions and ideas for posts, but then I get sucked into planning the ALTA conference, or the never-ending deluge of emails, managing interns, printing things to mail, etc. Years and years ago, when Karl Pohrt and I were launching the Reading the World program to enable independent bookstores to promote more literature in translation, we found out that May was officially World in Translation Month. This was a pretty happy coincidence, since we had already planned all of our activities to take Anyway, to get to the point, I just read this PW piece and am feeling the rage.
A recently introduced bill in the House of Representatives would bar the Back when I was a kid, I used to love the start of every New Year. A fresh calendar, new journal to write in every day for a week before forgetting it in the back corner of a desk, dedicated routines read for an hour a day!
This is a bit of an interlude post in the series.
Super energetic, witty as all get out, he should have his own reality show. Or something. At least a podcast.
Jason: you going to be at MLA? You can subscribe for six months or a year and receive every title that we publish during that time, which means that you receive a book about every five weeks. Also included is a letter explaining how we came to publish that This is a special piece by Sal Robinson, freelance editor and co-founder of The Bridge, the first independent reading and discussion series in New York City devoted to literary translation. Among the small number of translated books published Hopefully probably not. But because no one ever seems to believe me when I mention this, attached below is an email I just received, one that brings up a lot of questions for me.
More after the letter. I know Michael Orthofer always rants about the lack of transparency in what titles have been submitted for particular awards.
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I believe the Man Booker is his big target. Well, the good people at the Goethe Institut directly go against that trend, posting all of the titles submitted for the Helen and Kurt Wolff One of the reasons I go through all catalogs is to add all the new titles to our Translation Well, OK, maybe not swimming in a sea of donations, but thanks to all of you who did donate.
Ever since the year , every year seems less believable to me. Sure, this technically marks the start of a new decade, but since we never named the last one, it feels pretty Yeah, surprising, I know. According to the press release 42 are titles in translation, covering 14 different languages. All original The other week, the first Future of Reading conference took place at the Rochester Institute of Technology. It was a fantastic few days, very interesting, with a range of great speakers. Rather than summarize each panel or person, I want to try and explore a few of the topics that came up.
A lot of these posts will be simply It was one that I had missed in entering info into The Italian Trade Commission organized this trip, bringing maybe 10 or so Americans to the book fair to help promote Creating a translation machine has long been seen as one of the toughest challenges Everyone involved with the One of the best unexpected results of putting together the translation databases is being able to put together an awesome reading list of forthcoming translations.
The spring is a perfect This is a bit of a self-indulgent post, but yesterday I received a copy of the Bog Markedet, a Danish book trade magazine, that contains an article I wrote on the surprising success of Scandinavian literature in English translation.
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Click here for part one. The third part will go up later today, and the fourth over the weekend. Let me back up a bit to give a broader context for how e-books hold some promise to revolutionize the business of publishing I know it was a bit quiet Monica is one of our long-time reviewers and runs the always excellent Salonica World Lit website.
She also works Corridor of Dreams, which is the May issue of Words Without Borders, is now available online and focuses on contemporary Japanese literature. For whatever reason, April is a huge month for literature in translation. According to the translation database there are 39 works of fiction and poetry coming out in translation this month.
As you probably noticed, we underwent a pretty significant redesign over the weekend. When launched, we had no idea Three Percent would come to host Lots of interesting pieces in the new issue of Words Without Borders, which focuses on Greece this month. I believe this was announced a few weeks back, but yesterday I received some information about the newly launched Austrian Translation Prize: The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to announce the Austrian Cultural Forum Translation Prize, aimed at the promotion of intercultural exchange between the Republic of Van Lanen November 25, Articles 0 Comment.
According to a Chakravarthy and Rakesh Khanna , which was published by Blaft Publications earlier this year. Van Lanen October 28, Articles 0 Comment. Our aim is to re-design the Earlier this year, I was trying to write up short overviews of all forthcoming translations. Unfortunately, things got in the way, and this project was sort of pushed to the side.
Which is unfortunate. One of the main reasons we started this website was to promote international literature and uncover great books and