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GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali (France)

Nazi Germany. 1936. In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, literally counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen. Max is taken … Continue reading GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali (France)

GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (Equatorial Guinea)

The first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English, La Bastarda is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo, who lives under the watchful eye of her grandmother and dreams of finding her father. Forbidden from seeking him out, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle and … Continue reading GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono (Equatorial Guinea)

GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Defying the Nazis: The Life of German Officer Wilm Hosenfeld by Hermann Vinke (Germany)

Initially an ardent admirer of Adolf Hitler, Wilm Hosenfeld became aware of the Third Reich's relentless brutality against the Poles and Jews when he was stationed in Poland. Witnessing the Nazis' inhumanity changed Hosenfeld from an enemy occupier to a rescuer. Hosenfeld's heroic efforts to save Polish citizens was mostly unknown until a scene in … Continue reading GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Defying the Nazis: The Life of German Officer Wilm Hosenfeld by Hermann Vinke (Germany)

GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan (China)

Sunflower is an only child, and when her father is sent to the rural Cadre School, she has to go with him. Her father is an established artist from the city and finds his new life of physical labor and endless meetings exhausting. Sunflower is lonely and longs to play with the local children in … Continue reading GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan (China)

GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: ALPHA by Bessora & Barroux (France)

Alpha’s wife and son left Côte d’Ivoire months ago to join his sister-in-law in Paris, but Alpha has heard nothing from them since. With a visa, Alpha’s journey to reunite with his family would take a matter of hours. Without one, he is adrift for over a year, encountering human traffickers in the desert, refugee … Continue reading GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist: ALPHA by Bessora & Barroux (France)

2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist

The 2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Committee - amazingly served by Annette Goldsmith, Gene Hayworth, Kim Rostan, Laura Simeon, and Elaine Tai - is honored to announce the 2019 inaugural shortlist. Please help us celebrate these fine translations and the publishers behind them by encouraging your teen readers to explore the world through the … Continue reading 2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist

Publisher Spotlight: Soho Press

Soho Press is an independent book publisher in Manhattan’s Union Square. Since 1986 Soho has published across a number of genres—crime fiction, young adult, and literary fiction. Within these, there are a number of translated titles, in particular the Irene Huss series by Helene Tursten. With over an average of 90 books published year by … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Soho Press

Publisher Spotlight: Autumn Hill Books

A small, independent press based in the Midwest, Autumn Hill Books isn’t just a non-profit press—it’s also one of the most ardent supporters of world translation around. Since 2005 they have published over twenty books in translation from all over the world, including countries like Korea, Japan, Croatia, Greece, Uzbekistan, and Israel. Spotlighted Titles: Gold, … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Autumn Hill Books

The Translator’s Choice by Translator Elizabeth Novickas

My cousin Egidijus Lisauskas put his hand on the book, hesitated for a moment, and then pulled it off the shelf and put it into my hands. It was 1997, we were standing in a bookstore in Vilnius, and I had asked for something to read to improve my Lithuanian, explaining that all I could … Continue reading The Translator’s Choice by Translator Elizabeth Novickas

Publisher Spotlight: Parthian Books

This week we’ll be looking at Parthian Books, an independent publisher that operates from Swansea, Wales within the United Kingdom. Parthian began twenty five years ago as the brainchild of Richard Lewis Davies and Gill Griffiths (initially to publish Davies’ book Work, Sex and Rugby) and has since developed into a leading Welsh publisher. While … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Parthian Books