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This month is dedicated to the celebration of literary translation

Németh Nikolett
September 1, 2017

In June we learned the great news that the 71th Session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 September to be UN International Translation Day.  The theme for this year’s ITD is going to be Translation and Diversity, so this is certainly going to be a great day to wake up to.

 

But there is more for translators and other translation industry members to celebrate this September, because the first month of autumn happens to be National Translation Month in the U.S.

SO WHAT IS NATIONAL TRANSLATION MONTH ALL ABOUT?

The answer can be found on the initiative’s website:

„National Translation Month (NTM) is a celebration of literary translations throughout the month of September.

Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February), Women’s History Month (March), and Academy of American Poets’ National Poetry Month (April), National Translation Month was founded in 2013 by poet, author, educator, and journalist Loren Kleinman and by Romanian-born poet, editor, and translator Claudia Serea. Along the way, we partnered with numerous organizations, literary journals, publishers, presses, and organizers, most notably At the Inkwell, our events and readings organizer led by Monique Antonette Lewis.”

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE AND HOW?

Even though NTM comes from the U.S., founders encourage everyone to participate and help promote literary translation.

„Everyone from around the world can participate by reading and sharing literary translations from any language into any language. If you can organize a reading with translators in your area—great! If not, you could just gather some friends and read works by any international authors you could find in your local bookstore or library. Make sure you drop us a line and send us pictures to document and promote your event.”

The goals of National Translation Month are to:

  • promote the work of translators and highlight their craft
  • encourage the reading of literature in translation
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of works in translation
  • encourage support for literary translators, authors, and presses from around the world.

WANT TO CELEBRATE, BUT DON'T KNOW HOW?

The founders put together a list of 30 ways to celebrate NTM. They also encourage everyone to find their own ways.

Every effort counts.

Learn more on:

http://nationaltranslationmonth.org/