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March 2020 translation news roundup

Even as many of us had to shelter in place there were plenty of translation and publishing news and goings-on in March! Here are highlights.

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It’s been a crazy month, but that didn’t stop us from rounding up the latest news in translation and publishing for you.


The 2020 PEN Translation Prize was awarded at the annual ceremony on March 2.

João Gilberto Noll’s Lord (translated by Edgar Garbelotto) is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for 2020.

The National Book Critics Circle Awards ceremony had to be canceled but the winners were announced on schedule.


Many of our independent bookstore friends have closed due to the current crisis but are still taking orders online. Find your local indie bookstore, shop online, or donate to help struggling booksellers.

Sadly, we lost pre-eminent Russian translator Jamey Gambrell to cancer in March.

That We May Live, the first in our new Calico book series, came out March 12 and earned starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

That We May Live was also featured in Ms. magazine‘s March list of new books by writers from historically underrepresented groups.

Electric Literature featured b, Book, and Me on its list of 15 New Books for Your Winter Mood.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced $75 million in emergency funding for arts organizations.

Reading List

March is Women’s History Month, and the Academy of American Poets shared a great list of poems by women for the occasion.

With book tours canceled for the time being, debut novelists have had to rethink book promotion.

A poetry reading list for our current moment from leading poets.

Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and others on the books that bring them comfort.

Omani author and 2019 Booker International Prize winner Jokha Alharthi talked about her unexpected fame and translating the peculiarities of Omani culture.

Looking for more reading suggestions? We collected Spring 2020 books in translation we’re excited about.