18 August 10 | Chad W. Post

And here it is—the official Fall RTWCS schedule. We have three great events lined up with a possible surprise fourth in the works (more info on that when/if it happens), and hopefully any and everyone in the Central NY area will come out for these. And if you’re not living in the CNY, you can always fly in . . . Anyway, here are the specifics:

Robert Walser and His “Microscripts”

September 23, 2010
Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
(free and open to the public)

Susan Bernofsky (German translator of Walser, Yoko Tawada, and more) will talk with Barbara Epler (publisher of New Directions) about the legendary Swiss author Robert Walser and his recently deciphered “microscripts,” published in English translation by New Directions.

The State of International Publishing

October 28, 2010
Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
(free and open to the public)

Yana Genova (Bulgarian translator, Next Page Foundation), Steve Dolph (Spanish translator, CALQUE publisher), and Chad W. Post (Open Letter publisher) will discuss the ins and outs of publishing translations, touching on a host of topics from international funding to ebooks.

Ledig House Roundtable

November 9, 2010
Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
(free and open to the public)

Four International Writers in Residence at the Ledig House will read from their works and discuss literary trends from around the world.

We’ll post more information about each event as the time grows nearer, and will make videos of all the events available as well.


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