Events

June 5, 2016 Visit us at the Bay Area Book Festival!

The Center for the Art of Translation is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2016 Bay Area Book Festival, June 4 & 5 in downtown Berkeley.

WIth more than 120 literary readings and events with 280 authors--including plenty of family events--plus a film and literature screening series in collaboration with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), we're expecting more than last year's 50,000 people.

We're excited to have been involved in bringing many international authors to the festival. Don't miss "The Art of Translation" panel on Sunday, June 5 at 11:45 am, led by Center Executive Director Michael Holtmann and featuring translators Katrina Dodson, Amara Lakhous, Jung Young-Moon, and Idra Novey. Check out the full festival schedule.


Make sure to stop by our table on Literary Lane to buy Two Lines Press books, get special deals, and chat with staff!

  • June 4 and 5, 2016
  • Downtown Berkeley (festival map)
  • 10:00 am- 7:00 pm
June 5, 2016 Center for the Art of Translation at the SF Silent Film Festival

We're thrilled to be sponsoring screenings of two classic French silent films at this year's San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Edward Gauvin (translator of The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome and others) masterfully translated the intertitles for René Clair's The Italian Straw Hat (Un chapeau du paille italien) and Les Deux Timides.

The Italian Straw Hat is the story of a man on the way to his wedding when his horse eats the hat of a married woman who is having a secret tryst with a soldier, and the hapless groom must replace the chapeau or face the wrath of the lady’s lover. Pauline Kael called it “one of the funniest films ever made, and one of the most elegant as well.”

Live musical accompaniment by the Guenter Buchwald Ensemble

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • 7:30 pm
  • Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco
  • Ticket price: $22 general, $20 member


René Clair’s last feature-length silent, Les Deux Timides features a bumbling young lawyer (a wonderful Keatonesque performance by Pierre Batcheff) defending a client who is accused of beating his wife. As he describes his version of what happened, it plays out on the screen in all its ridiculous, convoluted glory, with escalating hilarity. The lawyer and his brutish client later become rivals for the hand of a shy young lady.

Live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

  • Sunday, June 5, 2016
  • 6:30 pm
  • Castro Theatre
  • TIcket price: $16 general, $14 member