Saturday, October 1, 2016

support literary translation

In honor of International Translation Day, here are some things you can do to support translation every day.

It is celebrated every year on September 30, the feast of St. Jerome - the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators

St. Jerome in his study by Domenico Ghirlandaio

The celebrations have been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953. 

  1. Read translated books & ask your bookstore or library to stock them. Looking for bookstores dedicated to international lit? Check out Albertine and Idlewild (NYC) or Kinokuniya (NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and more). 
  2. Share literature in translation with a friend or on social media. Find free pieces online at 91st MeridianAsymptoteDrunken BoatThree PercentWorld Literature Today, and, of course, right here on Words Without Borders.
  3. Add books in translation to your book club’s reading list (or join a book club devoted to works in translation!). We’re inspired by the Works in Translation Book Club at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Ashville.
  4. Attend an event with an international writer. Check out festivals like PEN World Voices, the Jaipur Literarature Fetival, and Letterature, or international literary events at your local bookstore or library. 
  5. Follow international writers and their translators and publishers on social media and sign up for their newsletters. Check out the list of publishers of international literature below.
  6. Educators: incorporate international literature into your curriculum. Find resources at lesson plans at WWB Campus.
  7. Donate to a non-profit press or literary organization. 

Where to Find Literature in Translation

These publishers and journals are committed to literature in translation, as are #woawomen at wonder | wander | world. 

*Originally posted by The Editors of Words Without Borders 

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