June 18th, 2013 § § permalink
Huge if belated congratulations to all my fellow winners of 2013 English PEN grants! Sixteen projects (books + publishers) were selected for funding via the PEN Translates! program, which
awards grants to UK publishers for translation costs and is supported by Arts Council England. English PEN accepts submissions of fiction (including children’s literature), non-fiction, poetry, prose or plays (for print edition), but not magazines, in all languages. The main criteria for assessment are literary quality, strength of the publishing project and making a contribution to literary diversity. Titles are selected from a long list assessed and reviewed by an expert panel chaired by English PEN trustee and professional translator, Ros Schwartz.
I’ll be working with Tartarus Press on one of my dream projects: editing and translating an anthology of French and Belgian fantastical tales from 1940 to the present, tentatively entitled I Do Not Write to be Believed.
The PEN Translates! grants cover an impressive range of languages, with French coming in first at 4 books, followed by Spanish with 3, and Chinese and German with 2 each. Other languages represented include Occitan, Polish, Farsi, Portuguese, and Hebrew. I’m also proud to report that indie publishers scooped both grants and in the prize category for the PEN Promotes! program.
June 16th, 2013 § § permalink
The English original of H.V. Chao’s short story “My Father’s Hand” is now available for the first time in print in the latest issue (#173) of Canadian litmag The Antigonish Review (Spring 2013). Spring comes late to Canada… hence the funereal cover.
June 15th, 2013 § § permalink
Ledig House! It’s a terrific residency! Have a project? You should apply! Deets below:
Writers Omi at Ledig House
, a part of Omi International Arts Center, has been awarded a grant from Amazon.com to fund Translation Lab 2013, a 10‐day special, intensive residency for four collaborating writer‐translator teams in the fall of 2013.
Writers Omi will host four English language translators at the Omi International Arts Center for 10 days. These translators will be invited along with the writers whose work is being translated. All text‐based projects—fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.—are eligible.
This focused residency will provide an integral stage of refinement, allowing translators to dialogue with the writers about text‐specific questions. It will also serve as an essential community‐builder for English‐language translators who are working to increase the amount of international literature available to American readers.
The dates for Translation Lab 2013 are November 6-15, 2013. All residencies are fully funded, including airfare and local transport from New York City to the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. Please note: accepted applicants must be available for the duration of the Translation Lab (November 6‐15, 2013). Late arrivals and early departures are not possible. Please do not submit a proposal unless both parties involved (translator and writer) are available for all dates.
Writers Omi will be accepting proposals for participation until July 15, 2013. Translators, writers, editors, or agents can submit proposals. Each proposal should be no more than three pages in length and provide the following information:
- Brief biographical sketches for the translator and writer associated with each project
- Publishing status for proposed projects (projects that do not yet have a publisher are still eligible)
- A description of the proposed project
- Contact information (physical address, email, and phone)
Proposals should be submitted only once availability for residency participation of the translator and writer has been confirmed. All proposals and inquiries should be sent directly to DW Gibson, director or Writers Omi at Ledig House at: email@example.com
June 14th, 2013 § § permalink
where for the last month I have enjoyed a residency courtesy of the Villa Gillet and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in NY. As part of my duties, I gave a translation workshop on Friday, May 31 to this year’s talented class of graduating students in NYU’s Master’s in French translation program, conceived of and run by Emmanuelle Ertel. It was part of the Villa’s annual festival, Les Assises Internationales du Roman.
I was housed in Les Subsistances. I blogged about it and the festival for French Culture, the website of the Cultural Services. My life here has been pleasantly low-key: rain or shine, I spend much of the day, nose to the grindstone, in the room I describe in that article. I often lunch out, instead of dinner–it’s cheaper, the set menus make for a pleasingly complete culinary experience. The walk to lunch and back breaks up the day, allowing me to see the various neighborhoods of Lyon. Perhaps more, someday, on various author visits.
June 12th, 2013 § § permalink
Lisa Carter, owner and founder Intralingo, who profiled me in at her site, is hosting a virtual literary salon on Saturday, June 29th to celebrate the launch of The House of Impossible Loves, which she translated. It is the first novel for adults by prizewinning Spanish YA author Cristina López Barrio.
You’ll be able to e-meet the author, translator and acquiring editor Christina Morgan in a live online conversation and book giveaway. Invite your friends, bring your questions and join the discussion! For more information about the participants and to register for this complimentary online event, go to www.intralingo.com
June 8th, 2013 § § permalink
Come out and celebrate the launch of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology 2
at River Styx in Greenpoint on Monday, June 10th from 7 till 9. It is a beautiful book that has been in the making for a long time. There will be plenty of beer, wine, writers, translators, editors, artists, friends of The Brooklyn Rail
, and hopefully, you!
The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology 2 features Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud’s wonderful story “The Only Mortal,” which first appeared in the pages of The Brooklyn Rail and was later collected in A Life on Paper from Small Beer Press. I can’t help but think Châteaureynaud would be pleased with this choice of venue: he’s always had a fascination for the mythological River Styx, from his story “The Styx” (first published in The Harvard Review and also later collected in A Life on Paper) to Écorcheville, the city on a bend in the river Styx where his novel The Other Shore is set.
River Styx 21 Greenpoint Ave BK NY 11222
G Train to Greenpoint Ave then walk to the water
June 7th, 2013 § § permalink
Cover art by Marcela Bolivar
Exotic Gothic 5 will be released this month and is currently available for pre-order. It was edited by the wonderful Danel Olson, scholar of all things Gothic, for PS Publishing, the UK’s foremost specialist genre publisher. Volume 1 features the first ever English translation of Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud’s story “The Open Mirror.” This first appeared as one of a triptych of stories about writer’s residencies that appeared as a chapbook in France. The title story from this chapbook, “Final Residence,” was published last summer in Subtropics. Among his most recent stories, neither of these are available in the collection A Life on Paper from Small Beer Press.
As with most PS books, this is a deluxe jacketed hardcover edition with a print run of 300 (numbered 201-500); 200 special slipcased two-book sets numbered 1-200 are also available.
This year, Olson has taken his series has gone farther than ever before to find authors who evolve the Gothic genre: the twenty-six stories, fully half of which are by women, represent eleven countries.
June 5th, 2013 § § permalink
Huge congratulations to my friend and fellow French translator Alyson Waters for winning this year’s Florence Gould Prize from the French-American Foundation!
This year’s nominees were an incredibly strong group—I’m so glad to see my friend Jordan Stump among the nominees, and Laurent Binet’s HHhH, a novel Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud said was destined for great things (a member of the editorial committee at Grasset, he was among those who recommended it for publication).
June 4th, 2013 § § permalink
The inaugural issue of ThunkBook will be featuring H.V. Chao’s story of raves in the shipbreaking yards, “The Scene” (also available online at theredline). What is ThunkBook? Well,
ThunkBook is a literary journal published out of Taiwan that has had its roots on this wild island since 2004 in the form of its mysterious cousin, Pressed, Taiwan’s English Literary Journal.
So what’s with the name, ‘ThunkBook‘? Well, apart from thunk’s Seussian roots, and hailing from the notorious ‘unk’ family of rhyme, whose dratted heritage of auditory cursedness include such gems as: sunk, funk, skunk, stunk, gunk, plunk, spunk, bunk, punk, junk . . . it, perhaps more pertinently, also happens to be the sound of an epiphany finding its mark deep down in your noggin’s abyss. And so, when thunk is married to something as monumentally sonorous as ‘book’, it creates in itself an entity as ineffably resonant as your thoughts on the matter. ThunkBook.
For those of you on hand in Taiwan to celebrate (who knows? the mysterious H.V. Chao may even make an appearance, for if ye know his momentum, then you cannot know his position), there’s a launch party this weekend featuring “readings, live music, drink specials, and top-drawer magnificence”–details below:
May 15th, 2013 § § permalink
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy ran a fascinating series recently called Picture This! It brought together like-minded authors of children’s books and comics to talk shop and craft. The speakers duos included Hervé Tullet & Mo Willems, Boulet & Gabrielle Bell, Olivier Tallec & Oliver Jeffers, with Antoine Guilloppé & Istvan Banyai still to come on this Monday evening, May 13 at the SVA Theatre.
To help promote this initiative, the Cultural Services asked me to interview two of the artists on their list, whom I happen to translate: Alex Alice, author of Siegfried, the second volume of which is soon due from Archaia, and Blutch, whose book So Long, Silver Screen just came out from PictureBox. Sadly, the Blutch-David Mazzucchelli event is postponed for now.
Alex Alice and Ron Wimberly © Colombine Depaire
You can read my short interview with Alex Alice at the French Culture site. A pity the interview was conducted remotely, through an intermediary; I would’ve liked to pin Alex for some more question about the fantastique, in which I consider myself something of an connoisseur… With any luck, the Blutch interview should be forthcoming.