Words Without Borders. October 2014: Writing from Guatemala and Syria
This month we present writing from Guatemala.
Rodrigo Rey Rosa describes a fateful trip to the zoo
Mildred Hernández finds a couple transformed by violence
David Unger seeks the facts through fiction
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Words without Borders: New Writing from Guatemala
Where: Community Bookstore, 143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
When: Tuesday, October 14, 7:00
In celebration of our October 2014 issue of new writing from Guatemala, Words without Borders and Community Bookstore will host a bilingual reading and discussion with Eduardo Halfon, Rodrigo Fuentes, and Idra Novey. We hope you'll come out to help us celebrate Guatemalan literature. More here.
Khaled Mattawa wins MacArthur Fellowship
WWB contributor and noted poet and translator Khaled Mattawa has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. You can read through his stunning work in WWB in our archives.
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By Shelley Fairweather-Vega
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The Liberated Voice: Writing from Syria
This October we present a selection of writing from Syria from guest editor Alice Guthrie. Make sure to read her introduction to the work of Zaher Omareen, Mohamed Raouf Bachir, and Rasha Abbas in this illuminating look into the world of Syrian letters.
Also, listen to Beau Bothwell's conversation with Zaher Omareen and Malu Halasa, the editors of the groundbreaking collection Syria Speaks, now out from Saqi Books. Listenhere.
The WWB Globe Trot:
Join us for a celebration of international literature at the first annual Words without Borders GLOBE TROT
Presented by the WWB Young Publishers Committee and co-hosts Rivka Galchen,Dinaw Mengestu, Jess Row, Téa Obreht, and Tiphanie Yanique
Refreshments from Grey Goose, Brooklyn Brewery, Baked, Momofuku Milkbar, FIKA, and Harlem Floridita
Music from DJs Ryan Chapman, Jason Diamond, and Dave Sharma
Door prizes from Phaidon, McNally Jackson, and Momofuku
Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 at the door
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The event follows the Words without Borders Gala. To purchase tickets for the WWB Annual Gala (Globe Trot ticket included), visit:wwb-gala-2014.eventbrite.com. For more information about this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Antal Szerb's Journey By Moonlight
Reviewed by Carla Baricz
This phantasmal, complex novel of ideas takes place in a “wild, precipitous landscape."more>>>
The City and the Writer: In Atlanta with Erica Wright
By Nathalie Handal
What is your most heartbreaking memory in this city?
Atlanta and I recently celebrated our one-year anniversary, so we’re still in the honeymoon period. No heartbreak, yet, but one of my most disappointing moments occurred when I missed General Beauregard Lee’s prognostication on Groundhog Day.more>>>
Translating Heart First: Translation Workshop with Maureen Freely
By Genevieve Guzmán
In preparation for our workshop, Freely asked us students to submit a pesky passage we’d been mulling over unsuccessfully for some time.more>>>