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While translating and publishing international literature is at the heart of the mission Words without Borders, we also work to expand the market for writing in translation and to reach new readers. That's why in 2010 we're launching several new initiatives to promote international literature.
The first two a
re newsletters. "Found in Translation: The WWB Quarterly Review of Books" will be launched in March 2010 and will include reviews from the site, recommendations from authors, translators, and booksellers, as well as listings of new releases and book news from around the Internet. You can subscribe using theUpdate Profile link at the end of this newsletter.
"WWB Recommends" is for agents, editors, and publishers and will include information on authors we believe can be successfully published in an English-language market. Those wishing to be added to the list should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third initiative is an education program. We begin the conversation with educators at the MLA conference on December 28. Our panel will be a discussion among six panelists on how they incorporate contemporary literature in translation into their teaching.
After that we will be hosting discussions online and in person with high school and college educators. Our hope is to build a staffed program that provides content, tools, and resources to educators, helping them bring contemporary international literature into their classes.
The education program is an ambitious undertaking and we will need tremendous support. If you are interested in being part of the discussion, we will be providing details in our mid-January newsletter and on our Facebook page. Or you can email@example.com for details.
This film was shot at Manggarai train station in central Jakarta. Ujang, the person who reads Binhad Nurrohmat's poem ("The People on the KRL") works on the train line which runs from northern Jakarta (Kota) to its final station in the south, Bogor. Ujan sells crackers on the train, moving from car to car.[More]
I covered a few events at this year's PEN World Voices festival, and when I arrived at a storytelling event sponsored by The Moth I was lucky enough to be seated next to the poet and author Meena Alexander. She was among those blogging about the event for PEN itself.
We talked about an extensive trip she had recently taken, funded by a Fulbright fellowship, and discovered that we both knew, and had fond memories of, the late Joel Porte, who taught at Harvard when I was an undergraduate there. [More]
Last month, a crumbling castle in the depths of the Styrian countryside became the unlikely meeting place for a motley group of writers, musicians and academics at an event organised by the European literature portal Readme.cc.
The celebrated British poet Lavinia Greenlaw joined fellow writers from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Denmark and France to read and debate at European Literature Days 09, the first of what is hoped to become an annual festival celebrating the diversity and convergences of European literary voices. [More]
Bookshelf New Reviews
Field of Honour by Max Aub Translated from the Spanish by Gerald Martin Verso, 2009
Reviewed by Jonathan Blitzer Field of Honour is a novel of relentless descriptions and namings; its scenes are dense with words." more>>>
Armenian Golgotha by Grigoris Balakian Translated from the Armenian by Peter Balakian with Aris Sevag Knopf, 2009
Reviewed by Mythili G. Rao On April 24, 1915, some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders were arrested in Constantinople.more>>>
Upcoming Events Words without Borders at the Modern Language Association Conference
World Literature in the Classroom: Pedagogies in Literature and Translation
12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., Adams, Loews
A special session
Presiding: Stefanie E. Sobelle, Gettysburg College Speakers: Bella P. Brodzki, Sarah Lawrence College; Karen Emmerich, Columbia University; Susan Harris, Words without Borders; Blake Seana Locklin, Texas State University; Nicole Rizzuto, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; Stefanie E. Sobelle
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