Beyond the Realm of Words (and Some Interesting Links)


Here’s a set of links to translation-related essays, interviews, podcasts, virtual events, submission calls, and more to start the working week.

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There’s a whole sub-genre of fiction featuring literary translations or translators. A new novel out last month by Akil Kumarasamy, Meet Us by the Roaring Sea, is the latest addition. I just started reading it and, so far, I’m liking it. So this week’s quote at the end there is from Kumarasamy.

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READ: ‘Do We Need a Support Group? How Translation Can—and Should—Be a Collective Effort’. Michele Hutchison at Literary Hub on creating and maintaining literary community.

READ: ‘Six Introductions That Will Change How You Read These Classics’ by Je Banach at The Atlantic. (note: a few of these are translations.)

READ: Helping Readers Connect With Stories: An Interview with Prolific and Amazing Lawrence Schimel‘ by Betsy Bird at School Library Journal.

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READ: For #WorldKidLitMonth, the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative has a month-long series on #IndiaKidLit with various guest editors.

READ: We Added 370 New Words to the Dictionary for September 2022.‘ Merriam-Webster.

READ: 7 lost idioms of the English language — and what they teach us about who we were‘ by Jonny Thomson at BigThink.

LISTEN: Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell, and Kate Briggs on translation. Hosted by John Plotz on Novel Dialogues, a podcast by Public Books.

WATCH: Queer Theory and Translation Studies: Language, Politics, Desire‘. Brian James Baer in conversation with the editor, Michael Cronin, of the Routledge Series ‘New Perspectives in Translation and Interpreting Studies.’

ATTEND: Modern Literary Translation in India: a virtual conversation about translation with Arunava Sinha, M Asaduddin, Meena Kandasamy, and Megha Pansare.‘ Hosted by Bilori Journal. Sat, 17 September 2022. 19:00 – 20:30 IST

APPLY: The 2023 ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is now accepting applications.

SUBMIT: The Stephen Mitchell Prize for Poetry in Translation at Green Linden Press is open for submissions.

SUBMIT: The 2023 SCHOLASTIC ASIAN BOOK AWARD is open for submissions.

SUBMIT: The 8th Bai Meigui Translation Competition (co-organized by The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing, Singapore Book Council, and Balestier Press) is open for submissions.

SUBMIT: Ethos Literary Journal is looking for contemporary Indian short fiction in translations

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Jenny Bhatt is an author, a literary translator, and a book critic. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student of literature at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has taught creative writing at Writing Workshops Dallas and the PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship Program. Sign up for her free newsletters, We Are All Translators and/or Historical Fiction Craft Notes. Jenny lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Texas.

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