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LES and WESS Join Forces at ALA Annual 2010

Friday, June 11th, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an excellent program at ALA Annual. This year’s program is co-sponsored by LES and the Western European Studies Section (WESS) and is entitled Contemporary European Fiction in Translation:

Globalization and migration across linguistic borders create cross-cultural awareness and increase the need for translated fiction. Most North American readers rely on the publication of translated works for access to contemporary European and World literature, yet many publishers are hesitant, claiming that American audiences do not respond positively to literature in translation. What do librarians need to know to build collections and promote European literature in translation? Panelists will explore translation theory and cultural studies, publishing translations in North America, and translation poetics and pragmatics.

Our prestigious panel will be moderated by Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer at Brigham Young University, and will include:

  • Chad Post, Director, Open Letter, Rochester University, discussing “The State of Literature in Translation Today;”
  • Alane Salierno Mason, President, Words Without Borders and Vice President and Senior Editor, W.W. Norton & Company, discussing “The Promise and Peril of Authors as Cultural Ambassadors;” and
  • Dr. Edwin Gentzler, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of The Translation Center, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), discussing “The Cultural Turn in Translation Studies”

Hope to see you there, Saturday, June 26, 1:30-3:30pm, Renaissance Washington Hotel (999 9th St. NW), Renaissance West Room A/B.

More program information is available on the WESS Wiki:

You can also view our event flyer: Invitation.pdf