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Saturday, October 12
 

12:00pm

Words Around the World: Crime Outside the Mainstream
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

Three diverse voices share their new novels of murder and mayhem. With S.S. Massouf (pulpy Pakistani neo-noir), Anita Felicelli (surreal Tamil-American legal thriller), and Naomi Hirahara (murder mystery on the island of Kaua’i). Moderated by author Margaret Dumas. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Margaret Dumas

Margaret Dumas writes books about smart, funny women who are searching for adventure, love, and the occasional murderer in the San Francisco Bay area. Her new series, the Movie Palace Mysteries, is set in a classic movie theater that she wishes was real. The first two books in the... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Anita Felicelli

Anita Felicelli is author of the novel Chimerica, and the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent, which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, S.F. Chronicle, Los... Read More →
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S.S. Mausoof

S.S. Mausoof has sinned in Karachi, Kansas and California. The Warehouse is his first book in a noir series set in Pakistan. Published by Hachette and HopeRoad, translated into French as Nuit sans lune au Waziristan, it was selected for the Fresh Blood panel at Crimefest and shortlisted for... Read More →
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Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Southern California. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and gardener, ended with the publication of Hiroshima Boy in 2018. The books have been translated into Japanese, Korean and... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:30pm

Words Around the World: Passports to the World
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

Leading Bay Area author-translators shine a light on their practice, passion, and process to bring readers new work in English. With Dick Cluster, Jeffrey Leong, and Katie Silver. Moderated by Olivia E. Sears, founder of Center for the Art of Translation. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Olivia E. Sears

Olivia E. Sears is the board president and founder of the Center for the Art of Translation. She co-founded the journal Two Lines in 1993 and was its editor for 12 years. Sears has a BA in Humanities from Yale University and a PhD in Italian literature from Stanford University. As... Read More →

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Jeffrey Leong

Jeffrey Thomas Leong is a poet and writer, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, who worked for nearly three decades as a public health administrator and attorney for the City of San Francisco. While earning his MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he translated anew... Read More →
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Dick Cluster

Dick Cluster is a writer and translator based in Oakland, California. His original work includes three novels and two books of history, most recently The History of Havana (with Rafael Hernández). Other Cuban writers he has translated include Aida Bahr, Pedro de Jesús, and Abel... Read More →
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Katie Silver

Katherine Silver is an acclaimed and award-winning literary translator with more than forty published translations. Her most recent and forthcoming publications include works by María Sonia Cristoff, Daniel Sada, César Aira, Julio Cortázar, Juan Carlos Onetti, and Julio Ramón... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

3:00pm

Words Around the World: The Enduring Influence of Persian Poetry
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

Two Iranian-born authors discuss their recent work and how their influences, Sufi poet Attar and trailblazing female poet/film director Forugh Farrokhzad, can appeal to a new generation. With Jasmin Darznik and Sholeh Wolpé. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Sholeh Wolpé

Sholeh Wolpé was born in Tehran to an Iranian father and a Turkmen mother. She spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Wolpé’s work includes six collections of poetry, four books of translations, several plays, and three anthologies.Wolp... Read More →
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Jasmin Darznik

Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel Song of a Captive Bird was a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” book, and a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her books have... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

4:30pm

Words Around the World: I Am God, A Diary of the Almighty
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation
Co-presented by Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

Italian author Giacomo Sartori discusses his diabolically funny novel I Am God, the Almighty’s diary of the existential crisis that ensues when, inexplicably, he falls in love with a human. In conversation with writer/translator Sara Marinelli. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation


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Sara Marinelli

Sara Marinelli grew up in Naples, Italy, and lives in San Francisco. Her writing appears in New American Writing, Blue Mesa Review, Sparkle and Blink, and several Italian publications. She teaches Comparative Literature at the University of San Francisco, and hosts an Italian music... Read More →

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Giacomo Sartori

The novelist, poet and dramatist Giacomo Sartori was born in 1958 in Trento in the Alpine northeast of Italy near the Austrian border. An agronomist, he is a soil specialist whose unusual day job (unusual for a writer) has shaped a distinctive concrete and poetic literary style. He... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

6:00pm

Words Around the World: The Thomas Mann House
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

In 1942, Germany's Nobel Prize-winning author Thomas Mann moved into his new house in Pacific Palisades, California, which quickly became a gathering place for émigrés. Thomas Mann’s grandson Frido Mann remembers his grandfather’s famed residence in his recent book The White House of Exile, which presents a radical case for responsibility and communication in an age of global crisis. Moderated by U.C. Berkeley professor Lilla Balint. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Lilla Balint

Lilla Balint is a literary scholar and cultural critic. She teaches contemporary literature, culture, and intellectual history in the German Department at U.C. Berkeley. Her writings on digital media; memory; and the politics of the novel have been published in various scholarly outlets... Read More →

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Frido Mann

Frido Mann was born in Monterey, California in 1940. He studied music, Catholic theology, and psychology, and subsequently spent many years working as a clinical psychologist in Münster, Leipzig, and Prague. Recent publications include An die Musik: Ein Autobiographischer Essay (Ode... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Goethe-Institut 530 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
 
Sunday, October 13
 

12:00pm

Words Around the World: Child Immigrants
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation

Authors Katya Cengel and Gabriel Mendez discuss their recent and forthcoming oral histories and nonfiction, about the impact of immigration on children who undertake epic journeys to flee their home countries. Moderated by Voice of Witness editor Steven Mayers. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Steven Mayers

Steven Mayers is a writer, oral historian, and professor at the City College of San Francisco. He is co-editor of Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America, a collection of oral histories published by Haymarket Books in the spring of 2019 as part of... Read More →

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Katya Cengel

Katya Cengel has written for The New York Times Magazine and Washington Post, among other publications, and teaches journalism at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is the author of From Chernobyl with Love: Reporting from the Ruins of the Soviet Union (Potomac... Read More →
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Gabriel Mendez

Gabriel Mendez is a UC Berkeley student from Honduras and a narrator in the book Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America. He hopes to empower youth who have survived violence and discrimination and tell them that there is space for them in society... Read More →


Sunday October 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

1:30pm

Words Around the World: Lost Children and Absent Fathers
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation
Co-presented by DoppelHouse Press, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco 

Two leading international contemporary novelists discuss their young female protagonists’ fantastical search for their fathers. Hagar Peeters (Netherlands) imagines the voice of Malva, an eight-year-old ghost of the daughter of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and Michelle Steinbeck (Switzerland) follows a young woman named Loribeth on a disturbing quest through nightmares reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch. Moderated by Neruda biographer Mark Eisner. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Mark Eisner

Mark Eisner has spent most of the past two decades working on projects related to Pablo Neruda, culminating in Ecco's 2018 publication of his PEN Finalist Neruda: The Biography of a Poet. Bay Area novelist Cristina García described it as a "definitive" work that "reads like a beautifully... Read More →

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Hagar Peeters

Hagar Peeters, nominee for Dutch Poet Laureate, has won numerous prizes and published several volumes of poetry: Enough Poems Written About Love Today (1999), Suitcases of Sea Air (2003), Runner of Light (2008), and Maturity (2011). Her latest is the novel Malva, the unknown story... Read More →
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Michelle Steinbeck

Michelle Steinbeck is a Swiss author, curator and editor. She writes stories, poetry, plays, columns, and reportages. Her first novel My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water was nominated for the Swiss and the German Book prize, while a critic on TV stated “if that's... Read More →


Sunday October 13, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

3:00pm

Words Around the World: Family Trauma and Literary Catharsis
Sponsored by Center for the Art of Translation and Babro Pro Suecia Foundation
Co-presented by World Editions, Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco, Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco

Three powerhouse contemporary female writers explore the pain of bereavement, the impact of mental illness, and the isolation of immigration, in searing new works which span from Russia and Sweden, to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. With Linda Boström Knausgård, Chia-Chia Lin, and Sophia Shalmiyev. Moderated by San Francisco Chronicle book columnist Barbara Lane. Coffee provided by Bluestone Lane. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Barbara Lane

Barbara Lane began her time as a books columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 2019 and she can’t remember a time when she didn’t have her nose in the pages of a book. Books have played a large part in her career in print and broadcast media, as a producer and onstage host... Read More →

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Linda Boström Knausgård

Linda Boström Knausgård is an author and poet, as well as a producer of documentaries for Swedish radio. Her first novel, The Helios Disaster, was awarded the Mare Kandre Prize and shortlisted for the Swedish Radio Novel Award 2014. Welcome to America, her second novel, has been... Read More →
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Chia-Chia Lin

Chia-Chia Lin is a graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review and other journals. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Unpassing is her first novel.
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Sophia Shalmiyev

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad to America in 1990. She is a feminist writer and painter living in Portland with her two children. Mother Winter is her first book.


Sunday October 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hotel Emblem 562 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102