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First Harvest: The BTBA Long List

The past half-year I have had the honor of being a part of the jury choosing the Best Translated Book Award (for fiction), 2018. If you’ve never heard of it before, you might not necessarily view the category as self-explanatory, but actually it’s simple: books that were published in the US in the yea…


Hitting the Road: Translation Workshop in Columbia (the city, not the country)

As readers of this blog might be able to deduce, I wear many hats. I recently wrote about one of them: teaching translation at Leipzig University. I love teaching and one of the advantages of the university context is the chance to go slow, have plenty of repetition, and get into depth on a variety…


A New Semester: The First Class is the Deepest

For those readers who don’t happen to live or have studied in Germany, you may be surprised to hear a new semester was kicked off this week. Here the academic year is divided into two semesters, both with 15 weeks of classes: the so-called Wintersemester from early October to early February and the S…


Breaking the Ice

This blog has been a long time coming. Once I dumped my dissertation around ten years ago and prepared to move to Leipzig and embark on a MA in translation studies, I knew I would need to make an effort to keep my English fresh. Part the prescribed regimen was reading newspapers (online), listening…