French-American foundation translation prizes announced

This week, the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation announced the winners of their 22nd annual translation prizes. At the 2008 ATA conference in Orlando, we were fortunate enough to have Sandra Smith, a previous winner of this award (for her translation of Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française) as a speaker; and it was the first book that Sandra ever translated, if you need some inspiration! This year’s winners are: in the fiction category, Jody Gladding & Elizabeth Deshays for Small Lives by Pierre Michon (Archipelago Books). In the non-fiction category, Matthew Cobb & Malcolm DeBevoise for their translation of by Life Explained by Michel Morange (Yale University Press/Odile Jacob).

It’s interesting that both of this year’s winners are translation teams; all of them were honored at a ceremony in New York last night and they received a $10,000 cash prize.

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