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Women in Translation Month: Q&A with translator Margaret Carson

As part of our continuing series celebrating Women in Translation month, we bring you this interview with translator Margaret Carson. Carson specializes in Latin American and Spanish literature and has translated works by Sergio Chejfec, Mercedes Roffé, José Tomás de Cuéllar and Griselda Gambaro. She also runs the Women in Translation Tumblr. When she stopped into Book Culture the other day, we knew we had to ask her some questions about Women in Translation month and her work as a translator; here are her responses. 

Women in Translation Month: Q&A with translator Susan Bernofsky

This month we've been talking, blogging, and tweeting about women in translation. We started with recommendations from the staff; next, we wanted to hear from the translators themselves! First up is Susan Bernofsky, the acclaimed translator of Robert Walser, Franz Kafka, Jenny Erpenbeck, and Yoko Tawada, among others, and the director of the Literary Translation program in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University. Bernofsky was kind enough to answer some questions for us about Women in Translation month. 

 

August is Women in Translation Month!

There's a widely cited statistic that only three percent of books published in the U.S. are works in translation. This should trouble those of us who love to read: imagine what we're missing out on! But the statistics are even worse when it comes to women in translation. Translator Meytal Radzinsky started Women in Translation Month two years ago in order to draw attention to the problem. According to her statistics, only 30% of new English language translations are books by women--which means that books by women in translation make up less than one percent of all books published each year in the U.S. That's pretty dismal. 

The Potter Family, Part 2: Read Alikes for Young Adults

The Cursed Child is coming out! Jim Kay is illustrating the series! Newt is getting his own movie! These are all excellent things, and there is so much joy in this series that I’m glad we can spend more time with what J.K. Rowling has created. However, there are plenty of other books that can be read in addition to them. This is part two of a series on Harry Potter read likes for all ages. Next up: Read alikes for young adults.

Q&A with "Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It" contributors: Tina Donvito, Victoria Russell, and Cara Bradshaw

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, published ten years after Elizabeth Gilbert's original Eat Pray Love, is a collection of essays by nearly 50 different authors celebrating the original message of Eat Pray Love. Read our Q&A with three contributors to Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, Tina Donvito, Victoria Russell, and Cara Bradshaw. 

Our Summer Reading Picks: Book Culture on Broadway

Summer's finally here and with it comes the greatest of warm-weather activities: summer reading! In case you need any ideas for what to read on the beach (or for sitting in front of the AC in your apartment, as the case may be), we here at Book Culture have decided to share our summer reading lists. Whether we're reading the hot new release, or returning to a classic we somehow missed in school, everyone here has a lot of books they're excited to read in the coming months. We hope this list provides you some inspiration for a great literary summer! 

Our Summer Reading Picks: Book Culture on 112


Summer's finally here and with it comes the greatest of warm-weather activities: summer reading! In case you need any ideas for what to read on the beach (or for sitting in front of the AC in your apartment, as the case may be), we here at Book Culture have decided to share our summer reading lists. Whether we're reading the hot new release, or returning to a classic we somehow missed in school, everyone here has a lot of books they're excited to read in the coming months. We hope this list provides you some inspiration for a great literary summer! 

Our Summer Reading Picks: Book Culture on Columbus

Summer's finally here and with it comes the greatest of warm-weather activities: summer reading! In case you need any ideas for what to read on the beach (or for sitting in front of the AC in your apartment, as the case may be), we here at Book Culture have decided to share our summer reading lists. Whether we're reading the hot new release, or returning to a classic we somehow missed in school, everyone here has a lot of books they're excited to read in the coming months. We hope this list provides you some inspiration for a great literary summer! 

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