Women in Translation Month, the success of brick-and-mortar stores, and more

August 18, 2017
Inside a bookstore
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News, Reviews, and Interviews

Restless Books, a nonprofit publisher, has an Indiegogo campaign up, offering rewards for donors, including signed copies of books.

Reviewing David Grossman’s A Horse Walks into a Bar, Niva Kaspi writes, “Translation, as Grossman’s books remind us, is not only the task of paid professionals. The mundane search for linguistic equivalences to what is felt silently and abstractly is part of our lot as humans.”

Two WLT contributors, Dunya Mikhail and Wang Ping, have recently published poetry. 

In light of “A Day without Immigrants,” Electric Literature came up with a list of ten immigrants who have had a significant impact in American literature.

Book Riot has some tips for participating in Women in Translation Month.

The Forward has a conversation with the woman who started Women in Translation Month, Israeli biology graduate student Meytal Radzinski

Writing in The New York Times Magazine about former Neustadt juror Claire Messud and her new book, The Burning Girl, Ruth Franklin writes, “Her work quietly seethes at the idea that a woman needs to be ‘likable’ — or that a man should be the judge of her likability.” 

Here are a few titles of recently released and forthcoming poetry collections, including Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver’s Felicity.


Fun Finds and Inspiration

At the library of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, the world’s oldest continually operating library located on the Sinai Peninsula, ancient manuscripts are being examined to reveal poems and religious texts that had been lost to time. 

Open Letter is featuring six of its translations by women in honor of Women in Translation Month, and it is offering a 30 percent discount through its website on all six with the promo code WITMONTH. 

NPR comments on the continued success of brick-and-mortar bookstores despite forecasts of the demise of the printed book. For an example of a bookstore NPR would likely agree is more than a bookstore, keep an eye out for the Outpost section of our September issue.

Reid Bartholomew is an assistant language teacher on the JET Programme teaching English in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he studies contemporary Japanese literature.