VIRTUAL - The Art of French Translation

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - 7:00pm

Brazos Bookstore is so excited to partner with Cultural Services of the French Embassy for this virtual evening celebrating the art of French translation.

We will be joined by translators Anna Moschovakis, Caitlin O'Neil, Emma Ramadan, and Lara Vergnaud. This event will be moderated by Kavita Ashana Singh.

This event will be hosted on Zoom. Click here to register.

To learn more about the French Cultures Festival and view their full calendar, click here.

Kavita Ashana Singh is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Houston. Her research focuses on the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean, and she is completing her first book, titled Carnival Language: Performance and Multilingualism in the Post/colonial Caribbean. Dr. Singh is a former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, and her Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature with a Certificate in African-American Studies from Princeton University.

Anna Moschovakis has translated fiction, poetry, and prose by a range of Francophone writers including Annie Ernaux, Jean-Luc Nancy, Albert Cossery, Marcelle Sauvageot, Samira Negrouche, Claude Cahun, and Robert Bresson. Her most recent translation is of David Diop’s At Night All Blood Is Black (Frère D’Âme). 

Caitlin O'Neil is a translator and copy editor based in Minneapolis. She is the translator of Belgian writer Corinne Hoex's Gentlemen Callers, out now from Dalkey Archive Press. She holds an MA in French from The University of Texas - Austin, with a specialization in translation studies and linguistic ideologies. 

Emma Ramadan translates books of all genres from French. She is the recipient of the PEN Translation Prize, the Albertine Prize, an NEA Fellowship, and a Fulbright for her work. Her recent translations include Abdellah Taïa's A Country for Dying, Kamel Daoud's Zabor, or the Psalms, and Anne Garréta's In Concrete.

Lara Vergnaud is a translator of prose, creative nonfiction, and scholarly works from the French. Her translations include novels by Ahmed Bouanani, Zahia Rahmani, Mohamed Leftah, and Joy Sorman. Lara is the recipient of two PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants and a French Voices Grand Prize, and her translation of The Last One by Fatima Daas was shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize. She lives in Washington, D.C. 


At Night All Blood Is Black: A Novel By David Diop, Anna Moschovakis (Translated by) Cover Image
By David Diop, Anna Moschovakis (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781250800206
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Picador - August 17th, 2021

Gentlemen Callers (French Literature) By Corinne Hoex, Caitlin O'Neil (Translator) Cover Image
By Corinne Hoex, Caitlin O'Neil (Translator)
ISBN: 9781628973686
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - March 1st, 2022

A Country for Dying By Abdellah Taia, Emma Ramadan (Translated by) Cover Image
By Abdellah Taia, Emma Ramadan (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609809904
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Seven Stories Press - October 6th, 2020

Born of No Woman: A Novel By Franck Bouysse, Lara Vergnaud (Translated by) Cover Image
By Franck Bouysse, Lara Vergnaud (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781635420227
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Other Press - October 26th, 2021