Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson is WLT’s managing editor.

  • Vladimir Lorchenkov
    March 18, 2014 | Michelle Johnson
    New Vessel Press recently released The Good Life Elsewhere, Vladimir Lorchenkov’s scathing satire from Moldova. Born and currently living in Moldova, Lorchenkov is a laureate of Russia’s 2003 Debut Prize and the 2008 Russian Prize. For ten years, he was the crime section editor of a Moldovan newspaper. The Good Life Elsewhere follows the tragicomic efforts of the citizens o...
  • The Good Life Elsewhere
    February 18, 2014 | Michelle Johnson
    A Conversation with Ross Ufberg Today is the release date for The Good Life Elsewhere, Vladimir Lorchenkov’s scathing satire from Moldova. Born and currently living in Moldova, Lorchenkov is a laureate of Russia’s 2003 Debut Prize and the 2008 Russian Prize. For ten years, he was the crime section editor of a Moldovan newspaper. The Good Life Elsewhere follows the tragicomic ef...
  • Lillehammer
    January 28, 2014 | Michelle Johnson
    Lillehammer. Photo by Ulf Bodin/Flickr Netflix viewers are eagerly awaiting the third season of the original series Lilyhammer, a bilingual Norwegian series set in Lillehammer, the city previously best-known as the venue of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Frank Tagliano is a mobster who testifies in exchange for witness protection, but only if the government will relocate him to Lillehammer....
  • Joshua Safran
    October 28, 2013 | Michelle Johnson
    Joshua Safran Writer, lawyer, and occasional rabbi Joshua Safran’s new book, Free Spirit: Growing up on the Road and off the Grid, chronicles a childhood spent on the road with his unconventional mother. Though much of his legal practice focuses on land use and real estate law, Safran has received many awards for his advocacy on behalf of women’s rights and domesti...
  • Yardenne Greenspan
    October 15, 2013 | Michelle Johnson
    Translator Yardenne Greenspan Today is the release date for Some Day, the English translation of Israeli filmmaker Shemi Zarhin’s first novel. Zarhin’s many award-winning films include Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003), Aviva My Love (2006), and The World Is Funny (2012), which was nominated for fifteen Israel Film Academy awards. The novel...
  • August 6, 2013 | Michelle Johnson
    A Conversation with Peter Orner Today marks the release of Peter Orner’s second short-story collection, Last Car over the Sagamore Bridge. (This collection includes a story from WLT’s January 2013 issue, “Renters.”) In the conversation that follows, WLT’s managing editor asks Orner about his work, the writers we should b...
  • Alda Sigmundsdottir
    June 20, 2013 | Michelle Johnson
    Photo: Annie Atkins Last Christmas Day, NPR ran a story about the preeminence of the book among Christmas gifts in Iceland. In a country that has the most books per capita in the world, publishers release a majority of these books between September and early November, just in time for the “Christmas Book Flood.” But what of this flood is available in English translation? And why is reading so po...
  • Karla Gruodis
    April 9, 2013 | Michelle Johnson
    A Q&A with Translator Karla Gruodis This month, Guernica will publish A Small Map of Experience: Reflections and Aphorisms by Lithuanian writer Leonidas Donskis, a philosopher, cultural critic, and currently a member of the European Parliament. Last week’s blog featured excerpts from this book. In this Q&A, WLT talks with Karla Gruodis, who translated the book from Lithu...
  • March 19, 2013 | Michelle Johnson
    Despite the recurring dismal reports of the number of books translated into English, we’re already seeing many exciting translations in 2013. For those seeking to read broadly, and abroad, we offer a handful of translations from four languages: Arabic, Dutch, French, and Greek. Return to ancient origins or explore Egypt’s Facebook generation; experience Morocco’s final days of French colonial occ...
  • Kafka
    February 26, 2013 | Michelle Johnson
    Photo by blacque_jacques/Flickr Later this year, Bloomsbury will release Michelle Woods’s newest book, Kafka Translated. This will be the first book-length study about translating Franz Kafka’s work. WLT talks with Woods about translating Kafka’s style, his humor, and even his image. The Marx Brothers, David Foster Wallace, and Federico Fellini? But of course. How can you talk about...
  • November 5, 2012 | Michelle Johnson
    Photo Flickr/PennStateLive British journalist Sam Leith is the author of one novel and three nonfiction books, most recently "You Talkin’ to Me?": Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama. Here he talks about real and fictional rhetoricians, including Bill Clinton, Mark Antony, Humbert Humbert, and Satan. Michelle Johnson: Did you hear Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC?...
  • Elizabeth Laird
    September 25, 2012 | Michelle Johnson
    Elizabeth Laird (elizabethlaird.co.uk) is the author of many books for children, young adults, and those beginning to read in English. Born in New Zealand, Laird has lived in England, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Scotland, India, Iraq, Lebanon, and Austria, and run writing workshops in Kazakhstan and Palestine. Here she and WLT's managing editor continue a conversation they began during the Edin...
  • September 12, 2012 | Michelle Johnson
    From the Clinton Library, a view of a bridge crossing the Arkansas River. Every two years a group of outstanding international writers gathers for the International Conference on the Short Story in English (http://www.shortstoryconference.com/). Though cities in Spain, Portugal, and Ireland have served as venues, New Orleans and Iowa City have also hosted the event. This year, writers and schola...
  • September 11, 2012 | Michelle Johnson
    Michelle Johnson: I heard Matías Néspolo speak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last month, and he praised your translation of his novel 7 Ways to Kill a Cat. He wrote the book in the street language of the Buenos Aires slums. Did this present some particular translation challenges? If so, how did you address them?  Frank Wynne: Matías’s nove...
  • August 29, 2012 | Michelle Johnson
    In this new series of blog posts we open a window into the creative spaces of our writers all around the world, getting a brief glimpse into how and where they each uniqely work through the creative process. In our first installment, writer Sylvia Petter gives a before and after of her workspace in Vienna, Austria.   Sylvia Petter's writing workspace before and after. Mine is a real mess, but...
  • August 22, 2012 | Michelle Johnson
    He decided to make a selection that would be as arbitrary as it was brilliant. . . . Very quickly the idea of selling books that he himself would not advise people to read infuriated him. . . . All that remained in his little shop were those books which enchanted him. —  A Novel Bookstore, Laurence Cossé, translated from the French by Alison Anderson Edinburgh is a city of indep...