May 5, 2016 Two Voices Salon with Doug Slaymaker on Japanese author Hideo Furukawa

Hideo Furukawa has built a name for himself as one of the titans of contemporary Japanese literature. His book Horses, Horses, in the End the Light Remains Pure is a groundbreaking work of creative nonfiction that deeply entwines his own life and the disaster in Fukushima, Japan, as it was devastated by an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown.

To better understand this powerful, moving story, we’ll talk with Doug Slaymaker, who brought it from Japanese into English for Columbia University Press. We’ll talk about how he dealt with the various strands of fiction, history, and memoir in this book, as well as touching on some authors whose work this book resembles, including W.G. Sebald. We’ll also discuss the unique aspects of the Japanese language and culture that make this such and interesting book to translate.

This will be our last Salon until the fall, so please do join us for a wonderful night of literature, friends, snacks, and drinks.

  • May 5, 2016
  • Center for the Art of Translation office
  • 582 Market St., (at Montgomery) Suite 700, San Francisco
  • FREE food and drinks
  • 6:00-7:00 pm
May 19, 2016 Iranian Author in Exile Yaghoub Yadali at Diesel Bookstore in Oakland

Join us at Oakland's Diesel: A Bookstore to hear Iranian author Yaghoub Yadali read from his latest book, Rituals of Restlessness. The book is the first novel to be released in Phoneme Media's City of Asylum book series in partnership with the Pittsburgh non-profit City of Asylum, which provides shelter for exiled writers.

Engineer Kamran Khosravi wants to die in a car accident. His professional life in the Iranian hinterlands is full of bureaucratic drudgery, protecting dams, for example, from looters. His wife Fariba can no longer stand it, and has left him to rejoin her family in Isfahan. She is anxious for him to choose a life with her, or to let her go and persist with things as they are, but Kamran's issues run deeper than anybody imagines.

Translated by Sarah Khalili, Rituals of Restlessness won the 2004 Golshiri Foundation Award for the best novel of the year and was named one of the ten best novels of the decade by the Press Critics Award in Iran. In 2007 Yadali was sentenced to one year in prison for having depicted an adulterous affair in the novel. Rituals of Restlessness and his short story collection Sketches in the Garden have been banned from publication and reprint in Iran.

Yaghoub Yadali has directed for television and worked for Roshd Magazine as the editor of the film section. In addition to Rituals of Restlessness and Sketches in the Garden, he is the author of the short story collection Probablity of Merriment and Mooning. His short stories, articles, and essays are published in Iran, Turkey, and the US. He has been writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa, Harvard University, and City of Asylum in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • May 19, 2016
  • Diesel: A Bookstore
  • 5433 College Ave., Oakland (map)
  • 7:00 pm
  • FREE
June 4, 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