This week those lucky devils on the East and West Costs have three opportunities to hear some incredible international literature as we launch the latest TWO LINES—Passageways—with events in San Francisco, Berkeley, and New York City.
If you're in town, join us for these great events! Here are all the details:
October 24: Passageways Launch Party in New York City
Join author Naja Marie Aidt and translators Erica Mena and Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren for spirited readings from Passageways. Co-sponsored with the popular New York reading series The Bridge, this event happens at the lovely McNally-Jackson bookstore.
Hear Mena read from the politically inflected Puerto Rican poet Rafael Acevedo, Morgenstern-Clarren on the Brazilian poet Flávio de Araújo, and Aidt read from her short story "Blackcurrant," which involves sex with sheep. You can also be among the first to purchase Passageways and get it signed!
Join the best of New York City's translation scene to celebrate international literature!
October 25: Passageways Launch Party in San Francisco
Come join the staff of the Center for the Art of Translation and select Bay Area translators to celebrate Passageways. It all happens in the book-lined lobby of Chronicle Books, where you'll sip wine and snack on delectable morsels before hearing readings of new writing from all over the world.
Fulbright scholar Katrina Dodson reads from The Summer of Chibo, a novel co-written by renowned Brazilian authors Vanessa Barbara and Emilio Fraia. Dan Bellm reads from Mexican poet Jorge Esquinca's beautiful, elegiac long poem "Description of a Flash of Cobalt Blue," ranging across Esquinca's personal life to the Mexican state of Jalisco and even Hans Christian Andersen's fables. Lastly, local poet Denise Newman reads the bracing, sexy story "Blackcurrant."
Come join us for a drink and meet new friends!
October 26: Passageways East Bay Launch Party
Join acclaimed Berkeley poet Camille Dungy to celebrate Passageways at the lovely Berkeley bookstore Mrs. Dalloway's. Dungy co-edited the book and here reads from Passageways with celebrated Bay Area translators and authors.
We welcome Oakland-based author, translator, and previous TWO LINES contributor Carolina de Robertis. Robertis is the author of two acclaimed novels, Perla and The Invisible Mountain, as well as the translator of Roberto Ampuero’s The Neruda Case, published earlier this year by Riverhead Books.
She reads alongside San Francisco-based translator Deborah Garfinkle, who earlier this year received grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the PEN Foundation for her translations of the renowned Czech author Pavel Šrut.