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New York Times reviews American Literary Translation Association Conference in Rochester

University of Rochester

New York Times, October, 19, 2012
By Jascha Hoffman

Last year, an Australian news anchor who was interviewing the Dalai Lama with the aid of an interpreter opened the exchange with a joke: “The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop and says, ‘Can you make me one with everything?’ ” His Holiness’s baffled stare, viewed by nearly two million people on YouTube, presents a lesson in the risks of translating humor.

2012 American Literary Translators Association Conference in Rochester

University of Rochester

October 3-6, 2012
Memorial Art Gallery and the Radisson Rochester Riverside

The 35th annual ALTA conference will take place in Rochester, NY, from October 3-6, 2012. The conference features panels, bilingual readings, roundtables, workshops, interviews, movies, celebrations, and more.

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Rochester Translation Student Chosen for Prestigious Summer Residency Program

University of Rochester

June 2, 2011
University of Rochester

Andrew Barrett, a graduate student in the University of Rochester's Master of Arts in Literary Translation program, is the only student from the United States selected to attend the Banff International Literary Translation Centre's annual summer translation program.

New York Times reviews Open Letter's "Zone"

New York Times

New York Times, January 7, 2011
By Stephen Burn

It is a specifically modernist legacy that obsesses the French writer Mathias Énard in his novel “Zone.” Like Flaubert and James Joyce, Énard seems to have found a model for his omnivorous novel in the Homeric epic, while Ezra Pound’s ghost also haunts “Zone.” Énard describes Pound’s “Cantos” as “magical,” and it seems significant that in a canto beginning with an invocation to “poor old Homer,” Pound reflects on a voice “weaving an endless sentence,” because in “Zone” — aside from three excerpts from an imagined Palestinian fiction — Énard takes up the challenge of writing an endless sentence by including only one period in his long novel.

Amazon Underwrites Best Translated Book Award With Cash Prize

Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Weekly, October 21, 2010
By Rachel Deahl

After years of running the Best Translated Book Awards without any cash prizes, the University of Rochester has received $25,000 in funding from Amazon to give monetary prizes.

Best Translated Book Award Shortlist Announced

LA Times

Los Angeles Times | Books, February 17, 2010
By Carolyn Kellogg

"The Best Translated Book Awards of 2010 will be presented in March; today, the shortlist of 10 works of fiction was announced by Three Percent, the online arm of the University of Rochester's translation program, and Open Letter Press."

Indie Presses Find a Home on Campuses

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly, February 1, 2010
By Judith Rosen

When South End Press relocated from Cambridge, Mass., to the Brooklyn campus of Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York last fall, it joined a handful of presses that have formed partnerships with universities. In some cases, these presses have been launched by academic institutions, which have created such imprints as Open Letter at the University of Rochester.

Translators Struggle to Prove Their Academic Bona Fides

The Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 17, 2010
By Jennifer Howard

In addition to some academic presses, a couple of university-affiliated publishing ventures, Dalkey Archive Press, at the University of Illinois, and Open Letter Books, at the University of Rochester, have created spaces where work in translation is not only tolerated but promoted and—the ultimate compliment—published.

Pamuk, Le Clézio and Bolaño battle for translation prize

The Guardian

The Guardian, January 6, 2010
By Alison Flood

Nobel prize winners Orhan Pamuk and JMG Le Clézio are going head to head with last year's hottest translated author Roberto Bolaño for the title of 2010 best translated book. The prize, set up in 2007 to combat the lack of translated titles on "best of the year" lists, is run by the international literature Web site Three Percent, part of New York's University of Rochester.

Translation has its Moments at MLA

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 31, 2009
By Jennifer Howard

If there were required reading for the 125th annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, which began here yesterday, it would be Walter Benjamin's essay "The Task of the Translator." The German-Jewish critic, philosopher, and translator has emerged as the gray eminence of the gathering, his name invoked repeatedly at sessions on translation—this year's theme, thanks to the MLA's president, Catherine Porter.

Small Publisher Finds Its Mission in Translation

NY Times

New York Times, December 25, 2009
By Larry Rohter

“The publishing industry is in a tailspin; translated works account for, at best, 3 percent of the American book market; and budgets for higher education are shrinking. But none of this seems to deter Open Letter Books, a small, year-old press here affiliated with the University of Rochester that publishes nothing but literature in translation.”