On January 8, AATIA's Literary Special Interest Group presented a literary evening with translator and writer Achy Obejas, whose translation of Ena Lucía Portela's novel One Hundred Bottles was recently published by Austin's own University of Texas Press.
If you were lucky enough to attend, you remember Obejas regaling the audience with stories about meeting and working with Portela, as well as her work with Junot Diaz and Cuban crime fiction.
If you missed the event, or if you would like to relive some of the more memorable moments, video clips are now available. Click here to view all twelve. And check this space soon for a link to a full-length video of a very special evening.
This from the HMH Literature in Translation blog:
“Even in a city as literate as Austin, huge gaps remain in our collective knowledge of world-class writers. And it’s this obliviousness of the world beyond our borders that the Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association works to eradicate: one member, one project, one word at a time.”
I love that I found this link from a blogger living in England.
“HMH” stands for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and this is their recent effort to bring attention to foreign literature in translation—their own and others’. The quote is from Belinda Acosta’s wonderful article in the December 31 issue of the Austin Chronicle.
The blogger in question is brightonblogger, who tweeted about our Saturday, January 8, event:
Uncorking Cuba: One Hundred Bottles
A literary conversation with author and translator Achy Obejas
7:00 PM at the Mexican American Cultural Center
Doors open at 6:30 PM. Refreshments and book signing follow.
Hope to see you there!
Portela is the author of numerous works of fiction, including this novel, now available in a much-praised English translation by Achy Obejas, published this winter by the University of Texas Press.
Portela is one of the most engaging and successful young writers in Cuba today. At the UNESCO celebrations in Bogotá in 2007, she was named one of the “39 under 39,” a group of 39 writers under age 40 (which also included the U.S.-published Junot Díaz and Daniel Alarcón) who critics believe will shape the next generation of Latin American literature. By then, she had already received the 1999 Juan Rulfo Prize for the best Spanish-language short story that year, and the 2002 Jaén Prize for Cien botellas en una pared.
Join us this Saturday, January 8th, at 7:00 pm, at the Mexican American Cultural Center, for a literary conversation with the novel’s acclaimed translator, Achy Obejas.
Join us for a literary conversation with Achy Obejas about One Hundred Bottles, her acclaimed translation of Cuban writer Ena Lucía Portela’s provocative novel, Cien botellas en una pared. Obejas will be interviewed by Austin-based Cuban photographer and writer Eduardo Aparicio. A reception and book signing will follow, as well as an exhibit by BookPeople. Admission is free!
When: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 7:00 PM (Doors open 6:30 PM)
Where: The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX
AATIA is proud to announce
Uncorking Cuba: One Hundred Bottles
Saturday, January 8, 2011
at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
an evening on stage celebrating the University of Texas Press’s commitment to publishing literature from Latin America in translation and the recent publication of One Hundred Bottles, a novel by Cuban author Ena Lucía Portela.
The University of Texas Press has published English-language translations of canonical literary works from Latin America since the press’s inception more than fifty years ago, including works by Pablo Neruda, Juan Rulfo, Gabriela Mistral, Ruben Dario, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Rosario Castellanos, Juan Jose Arreola, Jose Emilio Pacheco, Octavio Paz, Fernando Pessoa, Nelida Pinon, Jose Enrique Rodo, Ramon Sanchez Diaz, Victoria Ocampo, and Agustin Yanez. The Press has worked with such prominent translators of Latin American literature as Edith Grossman, Gregory Rabassa, Margaret Sayers Peden, John Upton, and Americo Paredes. With the publication of One Hundred Bottles, the Press continues its tradition of bringing vital contemporary literature from Latin America to English-language readers across the world.
Join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening with the translator, Achy Obejas.
AATIA is proud to announce its celebration of One Hundred Bottles, just published by the University of Texas Press.
Join us on Saturday, January 8th, at 7:00 pm, for a literary conversation with Achy Obejas, the acclaimed translator of Cuban writer Ena Lucía Portela’s provocative novel, Cien botellas en una pared.
Obejas will be interviewed by Austin-based Cuban photographer and writer Eduardo Aparicio.
A reception and book signing will follow, as well as an exhibit by BookPeople.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Where: The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin
Admission is free!