NBCC at PEN World Voices Festival May 3

By Mark Athitakis

The weeklong PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature kicks off next Monday, April 30, in New York. The National Book Critics Circle will be there, cosponsoring (along with the Austrian Culture Forum, Ledig House, and the PEN Translation Committee) a panel called “Reviewing Translations.” Here are the details:

Reviewing Translations

When: Thursday, May 3
Where: The School of Writing at The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 W. 11th St., New York City
What time: 6–7:30 p.m.

With Arne Bellstorf, Ruth Franklin, Julya Rabinowich, and Lorin Stein; moderated by NBCC president Eric Banks and Susan Bernofsky

Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by Austrian Culture Forum, Ledig House, PEN Translation Committee, and National Book Critics Circle

When a translated work is under review, what exactly is being critiqued? Is it the work itself or the quality of its translation? How does reviewing a translation differ from reviewing a work in its original language? Should the critic be bilingual? An expert in the literature and history of a foreign culture? Join an expert panel of international authors, critics, and translators as they explore the nexus of translation and criticism.

Visit the PEN website for more information on the festival, including a complete schedule of events.