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Ann Goldstein, Acclaimed Translator, to Speak on January 8 PDF Print Email


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 seriesMy 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.

For more information, email CLOAKING .

Pictured here: Ann Goldstein

Photo by E. Tammy Kim

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


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Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

The Fine Arts Gallery is a beautiful gallery in the heart of our village. It sells original art and specializes in local artists from Bronxville past and present. It provides high end custom framing, art consulting, restoration and appraisals. Appointments are available upon request. It also sells the Historical Conservancy Journals which include a history of the village as well as the artists who have lived here and are presenting living here ($20/copy).

99 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

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171 White Plains Road
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Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Womrath Bookshop

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Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss

Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

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Phone: 914-395-4507

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