Call for applications: International meeting for translators of German literature (Berlin / Leipzig, 19-26 March 2017)

Call for applications: International meeting for translators of German literature (Berlin / Leipzig, 19-26 March 2017)

From 19-26 March 2017 the Robert Bosch Foundation and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin will host a seminar for professional translators of German literature. With financial support from the Goethe-Institut, S. Fischer Foundation, Traduki and the Pro Helvetia foundation, the seminar is open to 30 translators from all over the world.

The seminar will be held in Literarische Colloquium in Berlin (http://www NULL.lcb NULL.de/home/).

20th Helmut M. Braem Prize (2016) goes to Frank Heibert

20th Helmut M. Braem Prize (2016) goes to Frank Heibert

On 11th June, the translator, novelist and jazz singer Frank Heibert was honoured for his translation of Tenth of December, a collection of short stories by George Saunders, winner of the British Folio Prize 2014. Heibert translates literature and theatre from English, French, Italian and Portuguese, by authors such as Don De Lillo, Richard Ford, William Faulkner, Boris Vian, Raymond Quenau and Yasmina Reza.

2016 Leipzig Book Fair Translation Prize and 2016 Straelen Translation Award go to Brigitte Döbert

2016 Leipzig Book Fair Translation Prize and 2016 Straelen Translation Award go to Brigitte Döbert

Last March, the German author, editor and translator Brigitte Döbert was awarded two important prizes for her translation of Die Tutoren, the monumental novel by the Serbian author Bora Ćosić, who left Serbia 1992 in protest against the regime. The 800-page cult epic tells the story of five generations and uses a vast array of literary techniques and genres, from farmer’s almanac and folk legend, to instruction manals, quotes from James Joyce, kitchen recipes and imaginary concoctions, constituting an enormous literary compendium of the Serbian language and gaining it a reputation for being hugely challenging for translators.

Call for applications: Workshop for translators of German children’s and young people’s literature (4-9 September 2016, Hamburg)

Call for applications: Workshop for translators of German children’s and young people’s literature (4-9 September 2016, Hamburg)

From 4 to 9 September 2016 the Robert Bosch Foundation and Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V. (Working Group for Youth Literature e.V) will host the seventh annual workshop on the translation of German literature for children and young people entitled ‘Kein Kinderspiel!’

The five-day workshop offers 15 translators the opportunity to tackle specific problems of the genre and discuss current trends.

German “Authors’ and Artists’ United Declaration for Fair Contracts!” reaches 6000 signatures in two weeks

German “Authors’ and Artists’ United Declaration for Fair Contracts!” reaches 6000 signatures in two weeks

The German Initiative Urheberrecht (‘Copyright Initiative’) – a joint undertaking that so far 35 associations in the creative field have signed up to – is pleased to announce the success of its latest initiative: a petition to campaign for reforms to copyright contract law,  and for stronger legal instruments to more fairly balance the relationship between authors, performing artists, publishers, distributors etc.

2016 Johann-Heinrich-Voß Prize for Translation goes to Anne Weber

2016 Johann-Heinrich-Voß Prize for Translation goes to Anne Weber

The German author and  translator Anne Weber has been awarded the 2016 Johann Heinrich Voß Prize for Translation by the German Academy for Language and Poetry (Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung) for her work from French into German. The prize is worth €15,000 and will be presented during the Academy’s spring meeting, which will take place from 21 to 23 April 2016 in Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt.

Translating Books – Building Bridges: Six grants for literary translators from German (Application deadline: 15 February 2016)

Translating Books – Building Bridges: Six grants for literary translators from German (Application deadline: 15 February  2016)

The European Translators Residence Programme of the German Goethe Institut, in cooperation with the Alfred Töpfer Foundation and the Saxonian Culture Foundation, is offering a working grant in Germany for  professional translators of fiction or lyric poetry living in foreign countries.

To qualify, applicants are required to have completed and published two translations of major volumes, and to have a signed publisher’s contract for the translation which the applicant wishes to work on during her/his stay.

German author and Winnie-the-Pooh translator Harry Rowohlt (1945-2015) dies

German author and Winnie-the-Pooh translator Harry Rowohlt (1945-2015) dies

On 15 June 2015 German translator, author and actor Harry Rowohlt died.

Rowohlt established his reputation as a translator with Pu der Bär, his insightful and humorous translation of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Many literary translations would follow. In total he translated over 200 English works into German, among them books by Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Frank McCourt, Robert Crumb, David Sedaris, James Joyce and Leonard Cohen.

Leipzig Book Fair Translation Prize 2015 awarded to Mirjam Pressler

Leipzig Book Fair Translation Prize 2015 awarded to Mirjam Pressler

The 2015 Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Translation has been awarded to Mirjam Pressler for her German translation of Amos Oz’s novel Judas. The Jury commended her work for its natural tonality and for conveying an intimate atmosphere against the backdrop of momentous socio-political events. Mirjam Pressler is an author in her own right, as well as being a translator of Hebrew, English and Dutch literature.

2015 Straelen Translation Award to German – Dutch translator Gerrit Bussink

2015 Straelen Translation Award to German – Dutch translator Gerrit Bussink

The Art Foundation NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia) in cooperation with the EUK Straelen (‘European Translators’ College’) have given this year’s Straelen Lifetime Achievement Translation Award to the Dutch literary translator Gerrit Bussink for his translations from German.

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Bussink, who has been translating since 1972, enables the Dutch reception of important German-language authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland – authors like Martin Walser, Thomas Bernhard, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Christa Wolf, Siegfried Lenz and Peter Handke.

Call for applications: Workshop for translators of German children’s and young people’s literature (23-28 August 2015, Hamburg)

Call for applications: Workshop for translators of German children’s and young people’s literature (23-28 August 2015, Hamburg)

From 23 to 28 August 2015 the Robert Bosch Foundation and Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V. (Working Group for Youth Literature e.V) will host the sixth annual workshop on the translation of German literature for children and young people entitled ‘Kein kinderspiel!’

The five-day workshop offers 15 translators the opportunity to tackle specific problems of the genre and discuss current trends.

CEATL and Amazon discussed AmazonCrossing’s translation license agreement at the Frankfurt Book Fair

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In response to the points raised by CEATL and its members regarding AmazonCrossing’s approach to European literary translators and the translation license agreements it originally proposed, AmazonCrossing, recognizing the need to engage in an open dialogue with our associations, asked to meet the representatives of CEATL during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Call for applications: International meeting for translators of German literature (Berlin / Leipzig, 8-15 March 2015)

From 8-15 March 2015 the Robert Bosch Foundation and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin will host a seminar for professional translators of German literature. With financial support from the Goethe-Institut, S. Fischer Foundation, Traduki and the Pro Helvetia foundation, the seminar is open to 30 translators from all over the world.

The seminar will be held in Literarische Colloquium in Berlin (http://www NULL.lcb NULL.de/home/).

Paul Celan Prize 2014 for translator Gerhard Meier

Paul Celan Prize 2014 for translator Gerhard Meier

On 9 October the Paul Celan Prize 2014 was awarded to Gerhard Meier. Meier (b.1957) was honoured for his corpus of translations from French and Turkish into German. Works he has translated include novels by Amin Maalouf, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Murathan Mungan, Yaşar Kemal and Sait Faik Abasıyanık. The jury made special mention of Meier’s translations of six novels by Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, whose ‘stylistic elegance Meier manages to maintain admirably in German.’

Gerhard Meier studied Romance and German Philology at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität in München and Translation Studies at Mainz University in Germersheim.

The Glass Translator – ‘Weltlesebühne’ celebrates International Translation Day in Germany and beyond

On the occasion of St Jerome’s Day (30 September), ‘Weltlesebühne’, an organisation founded by members of the German Literary Translators’ Association (VdÜ),  has arranged a series of events all over Germany. In cooperation with the Robert Bosch Foundation and the German Goethe Institute the programme also offers events in a number of cities around the world.

Symposium Literary Translators – Artists in commission (Berlin, 19 September 2014)

To mark the European Day of Languages, representatives of the Directorate-General for Translation of the European Commisson, together with the Association of German Translators of Literary and Scientific works (VdÜ) and Weltlesebühne (http://www NULL.weltlesebuehne NULL.de/) are organising a symposium on 19 September 2014 in Berlin.

The symposium will focus on the translation of literary works as the most complex form of translation.

Translating days in Düsseldorf (21–23 May 2014)

From 21 to 23 May the Heinrich Heine-University in Düsseldorf in cooperation with the Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia) will organize Sprachwandeln – Düsseldorfer Tage zur Kunst des Übersetzens (‘Language Walking – The Düsseldorf Days of the Art of Translating’). Activities include discussions, readings, documentaries, material from the archives and an unusual translating competition where  the audience is invited to experience literary translation as art-form.

2014 Leipzig Book Fair Prize for Translation to Robin Detje

The 2014 Leipzig Book Fair Prize for translation has been awarded to  the author, translator, director and editor  Robin Detje for his translation of William T. Vollmanns’ opus magnum Europe Central. Detje’s German translation  of the English original appeared under the same title. The award jury highly commended Detje’s achievement in rendering the diversity of voices in Vollmanns’ great novel into German.