By Margaret Mager, President, and Irena Choi Stern, Publicity Chair, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library
Nov. 14, 2018: The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library will host Ann Goldstein, the translator and the public face of the secretive, critically acclaimed author Elena Ferrante, on the evening of Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Concordia College’s Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.
Ms. Goldstein will be interviewed by Bronxville’s Sissel McCarthy, distinguished lecturer and director of the journalism program at Hunter College. Furthermore, an HBO eight-episode series, My Brilliant Friend, based on the first novel in the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante, is set to premiere on Sunday, November 18, at 9:00 pm.
Ms. Goldstein is a rock star of the translation world. Her translations of Ferrante's Neapolitan series have sold more than a million copies worldwide, making her one of the most sought-after translators of Italian literature.
“We are honored and thrilled to host someone of Ann Goldstein’s stature,” said Margaret Mager, president of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library ("FOBPL"). “And we would like to give special thanks to Bronxville’s Susanne Shoemaker for connecting us to Ms. Goldstein. Elena Ferrante’s novels are one of life’s great book-related pleasures, and it may not have been possible to read them in English without Ms. Goldstein.”
In addition to Ferrante’s novels, Ms. Goldstein has translated works by writers such as Primo Levi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Jhumpa Lahiri and has edited The Complete Works of Primo Levi. She has been the recipient of the PEN/Renato Poggioli Translation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016, her translation of Ferrante’s The Story of a Lost Child was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize honoring international novels in translation. Alongside her career in translation, Ms. Goldstein was an editor at The New Yorker.
The event on January 8 is open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register. There will be a special reserved section for FOBPL donors. Click here to donate to FOBPL.
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Pictured here: Ann Goldstein
Photo by E. Tammy Kim
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