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Black Women in Translation

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 6:00 pm


August is Women in Translation Month, a designated time to explore and celebrate female world authors in English translation.  This year we are moving our celebration online and will host our second annual event on Zoom.  Our focus is Black Women in (English) Translation and will feature works by brave and talented black women authors from Haiti, Senegal, Angola, Somalia and more.  Their books were written and published originally in their native languages of French, Creole, Portuguese, etc. and then later translated into English.  Click here for a suggested reading list. Many of these books are available now or are coming soon to Delray Library.

Our special guest will be literary translator, Megan McDowell, zooming in from Chile. She has translated many contemporary authors from Latin America and Spain, including Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Mariana Enriquez, Gonzalo Torné, Lina Meruane, Diego Zuñiga, and Carlos Fonseca.  Her translated books are available for checkout from Delray Library https://bit.ly/2OLOHex

Her translations have also been published in The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review, Harper's, Words Without Borders, Granta and more. Ms. McDowell’s translations have won the English PEN award, the Premio Valle-Inclán, and the Shirley Jackson award, and have been nominated three times for the International Booker Prize. In 2020 she won an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
She will talk about the art of translation and share stories from her career as a translator.  If you have specific questions you would like to ask her, please email them to Isabella.rowan@delraylibrary.org
Free; registration not required.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84827049118

Note: If more than one person in your household is registering, please complete a separate registration for each individual. You will receive more information about the course as well as the Zoom code and password after we receive your registration.

Organizer: Isabella Rowan
Email: isabella.rowan@delraylibrary.org