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Join us on Zoom on Thursday, June 30 at 7 PM to celebrate Archipelago Books, a nonprofit publisher of translated works.
With evocative and distinct French-flap bindings on all their books, Archipelago is as unique on the bookshelf as their published work is on the page. The original American publishers of Karl Ove Knausgaard's infamous six volume, 3,600-page series, My Struggle, along with noteworthy texts by Aimé Césaire, Julio Cortázar, Claude Ponti, and Caio Fernando Abreu, their books never cease to impress.
The Odyssey is thrilled to feature a selection of Archipelago's releases that are special to us on display throughout July in the store. World Literature is a passion of many of our booksellers, and we wanted to highlight one of the best publishers working today whose love of literature in translation matches our own.
We are thrilled to be able to sit down with Trevor Berrett and Paul Wilson of Mookse and the Gripes podcast, and Tess Lewis, award-winning translator, as they talk about some of their favorite Archipelago titles, what makes this publisher unique in the field, and the joys (and terrors) or translating another author's work.
Tess Lewis's translations include works by Peter Handke, Walter Benjamin, Maja Haderlap, Christine Angot and Philippe Jaccottet. She has been awarded many grants and awards from PEN USA, PEN UK, and the NEA, and most recently a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She has served on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle and as Co-chair of the PEN Translation Committee. Her essays and reviews have appeared in a number of journals and newspapers including Bookforum, Partisan Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and the Miami Herald. Tess Lewis is a 2021-22 Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
Trevor Berrett created and edits The Mookse and the Gripes. He is also a co-host on The Mookse and the Gripes Podcast, The Eclipse Viewer Podcast, and Inside the Box, a podcast about film. You can follow him on Twitter (@mookse).
Paul Wilson lives in Colorado with his wife, two sons and lots of books. He also co-hosts The Mookse and the Gripes podcast. He tweets at @bibliopaul
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