The Positive Impact of Prizes on Translation
Date: September 3, 2020, 19:30 - 20:30
Location: Live Webinar on Zoom
The Bookseller and the Sheikh Zayed Book Award organized a Virtual Webinar titled ‘The Positive Impact of Prizes on Translation’.
Literary prizes have the power to dramatically raise the profile of international writing, bringing new attention to foreign authors and translated works. But what impact do literary prizes have on translators, authors, and publishers? How do they affect and incentivize the market for translated works? How do prizes help overcome barriers to getting works translated and published?
Chaired by award-winning translator Daniel Hahn, who hosted Samantha Schnee (Words Without Borders), Ghassan Fergiani (Darf Publishers), and Nancy Roberts (Translator), the webinar discussed the merits and opportunities for translation around literary prizes, focusing in particular on the interchange between Arabic and other languages, and the issue of translation funding.