An Asymptote Journal Salon: International Translation Day 2016

Thursday 29th September, 7pm, Watersones Piccadilly

Translated fiction is driving a boom in UK book sales. This year, a survey commissioned by the Man Booker International Prize found that literary fiction in translation is outselling its English-language counterparts. According to Waterstones fiction buyer, Chris White, “Currently 25 percent of our top 20 fiction titles are translated,” with authors like Elena Ferrante and Haruki Murakami topping the charts. But with the general fiction market stagnating overall, what does the future hold for the publishing of translated fiction in this country? How are publishers filling the gaps made clear by underrepresented voices?

Asymptote Journal invites you to meet innovators leading the proliferation of translated fiction in the UK publishing industry: Deborah Smith, founder of Tilted Axis Press and co-winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize; Laura Barber, Publishing Director for Portobello Books; Adam Freudenheim, Publisher & Managing Director of Pushkin Press. Chaired by Jonathan Ruppin, Literary Director for Orson and Co and founder of the English PEN Translated Literature Book Club, this event will include questions from readers worldwide.

Winner of the 2015 London Book Fair’s International Literary Translation Initiative Award, Asymptote is the premier site for world literature in translation. To date, the magazine has featured work from 105 countries and 84 languages, all never-before-published poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and interviews by writers and translators such as J. M. Coetzee, Patrick Modiano, Herta Müller, Can Xue, Junot Díaz, Ismail Kadare, David Mitchell, Anne Carson, Haruki Murakami, Lydia Davis, Ann Goldstein, and Deborah Smith. Read it for free here

Tickets are £5 and can be purchased in store or by telephone 020 7851 2400 or email to reserve a ticket.

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