Great New Books in Translation

There tend to be a lot of summer reading lists, but what about winter reading? When the weather gets frigid, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a good book. Here are seven great books in translation published in 2017 that I’m excited to recommend to you as the days get shorter.…

Visit to Duke University to Discuss French Translation

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak to a French translation class at Duke University about the translation profession. I’ve previously blogged about starting a translation career, French fashion translation, and avoiding literalism (here and here). For this presentation, based on student interest, I focused on the fields of advertising and marketing, drawing examples…

Thoughts on French Fashion Translation

Translating Laurence Benaïm’s masterful biography Yves Saint Laurent (forthcoming from Rizzoli) was a fascinating and intense experience. For one thing, upon delving into the world of French fashion translation, I discovered more kinds of fabric than I had ever known existed. One saving grace was that for many of these fabrics, the English translation is…

5 Museum Shows to See in NYC this Summer

Here are five museum shows in New York that I’m really looking forward to this summer, in no particular order: Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C. – A.D. 220) currently on view at the Met Museum (through July 16) This show features over 160 objects from 32 museums and archaeological…

10 Pieces of Advice for Translators Starting Their Careers

In the two years that I’ve been running a mentoring program for the New York Circle of Translators, I’ve had the chance to come up with some basic advice for translators. Of course, before you start out, you need to be confident that you can translate accurately and know your source language and target language thoroughly. My advice for…

Scher Collection of Portrait Medals Opens at the Frick Today

The Frick Collection has just received the largest gift in its history: a collection of portrait medals from the Renaissance onwards given by Stephen K. Scher and Janie Woo Scher. To celebrate this donation, a selection of 100 of these medals will be on view today through September 12, 2017. The exhibition is organized by Aimee Ng, associate…

CLOSING SOON: Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968 at the FIT Museum

April 15 is the last day to see the standout show “Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968” curated by Colleen Hill at the Museum at FIT (closed Sundays and Mondays; admission is free). It’s a fascinating look at how the birth of ready-to-wear in France changed the fashion industry in ways that are still being felt today. As the market for…

6 Things I Learned at the Albertine Prize Launch Party

It was wonderful to celebrate the launch of the Albertine Prize last night, a new readers’ prize for French fiction published in English translation in 2016, and to discover the shortlist of 10 books. The event was rescheduled from March 14 due to the blizzard, and although there were still mountains of snow in the streets,…

How Are Translators Like Illustrators?

The eight-episode Netflix documentary Abstract: The Art of Design launched on February 10, and the first episode profiles illustrator Christoph Niemann. The work of illustrators makes for better visuals than that of translators, no doubt, and, true to its subject, the show has captivating images and uses special effects and animated drawings to bring Niemann’s creative process…

Met Museum Makes Trove of Images Available to Public

Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Met, announced yesterday that the museum will make images of public-domain artworks in its collection available for free and unrestricted use. This is a real boon to bloggers, journalists, artists, and Internet users in general. Called Open Access, this policy uses the Creative Commons Zero designation and makes over 375,000…