PEN World Voices Festival: Reviewing Translations

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Writers from around the world convene in New York City to celebrate the written word in action. Engage with literature in bold and unexpected ways and discover how words can be amplified through music, theater, puppetry, film, and much more. Marking PEN American Center’s 90th anniversary, this year’s festival features performances, discussions, one-on-one conversations, and readings. For the complete schedule of the PEN World Voices Festival, which runs from April 30 to May 6, visit

Reviewing Translations
When a translated work is reviewed, what exactly is being critiqued? Is it the work itself or the quality of its translation? How does reviewing a translation differ from reviewing a work in its original language? Should critics be bilingual? Should they be experts in the literature and history of foreign cultures?

Join an panel of international authors, critics, and translators as they explore the nexus of translation and criticism. With Haykanush Avetisyan, Ruth Franklin, Julya Rabinowich, and Lorin Stein. Moderated by Eric Banks and Susan Bernofsky.

Co-sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum, Ledig House, the PEN Translation Committee, the National Book Critics Circle, and the School of Writing at The New School.

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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