Panel: The Art of Translation
Good translators convey not only the literal meaning of a text, but also the voice of the author and a reflection of cultural context. Three outstanding translators shared their work and discussed the process in a free, public event. Panelists included Wayne Rebhorn (translator of The Prince by Machiavelli and The Decameron by Boccaccio); Adria Frizzi (translator of contemporary Brazilian literature); and Mary Jo Bang (translator of Dante’s Inferno).
A Reading by Poet Mary Jo Bang, Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Mary Jo Bang is a renowned poet and a professor in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She has written several books of poetry including the prize-winning debut Apology for Want (1997), Louise in Love (2001), and Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (2001), and the critically-acclaimed Elegy (2007). Bang’s poetry has been praised for its linguistic energy, subtle imagery, and innovative technique. Mixing philosophical or “post-modern” concerns with chiseled, formal control, Bang’s work has been frequently cast as a pioneering example of “hybrid” poetry.
The Nourishing Art of Food Writing
Lisa Solomon writes about food—and about life, history and culture through her experiences with food. Her literary essays and feature articles have been published in several newspapers, national magazines and anthologies, and her holiday food columns have been published in dozens of media outlets across the country. Solomon shared an assortment of homemade pastries with students in the Joynes Reading Room and discussed food writing. She read her first published food column, and shared her writing about a continually evolving range of nourishing food experiences.
New Writers Project Presents: Alexander Chee
Alexander Chee’s first novel, Edinburgh, won the Michener Copernicus Prize in Fiction, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Literary Award, the Lambda Editor’s Prize and the Whiting Award. He is a recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council of the Arts, Civitella Ranieri and MacDowell. His stories and essays have appeared in in Tin House, The Awl, OUT, The LA Review of Books, Apology, Salon, The New Republic and TriQuarterly. His new novel, The Queen of the Night, appears from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015.
Award-winning British journalist Gary Younge
Gary Younge is a feature writer for The Guardian and a columnist for The Nation. In his visit to the Joynes Reading Room, Younge discussed his most recent book, The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream.
Novelist Ann Patchett
Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett spoke in the Joynes Reading Room. Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has received many awards and fellowships for her writing, including England’s Orange Prize, a PEN/Faulkner award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2012, Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Bilingual Poetry with Adélia Prado and Ellen Doré Watson
Brazilian poet Adélia Prado has published six books in Portuguese, and two in English—both translated by the American poet Ellen Doré Watson. For her Joynes room visit, Prado read her work in the original Portuguese, and Watson read the English translations.
One-man show on the life and work of Walt Whitman – by Bruce Noll
“Pure Grass” is a program created by Bruce Noll, consisting entirely of excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. This event was free and open to everybody.
Magnum Photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti
As a tie-in to the Magnum photography exhibition that was at the Harry Ransom Center, the Joynes Reading Room hosted Magnum photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti on Friday, October 25th at 2 p.m. Sanguinetti has published two books of photography, and has worked for The New York Times Magazine, LIFE, Newsweek and New York Magazine. She is a Guggenheim fellow, and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and of course in the HRC. Sanguinetti showed slides of her work in the Joynes Room and discussed her recent projects. This event was free and open to all honors students.