Who’s There: a Reading of New Translations in French and English

You are invited to a reading at the Suffolk Poetry Center on Saturday, April 14 with poets DAVID FERRY, JENNIFER BARBER, DANIELLE LEGROS GEORGES, EMMANUEL MERLE, and essayist MARJORIE SALVODON.

Each writer will be presented in both English and French. Translators include PETER BROWN, EMMANUEL MERLE, and CAROLINE TALPE.

This event is free and open to the public.


Négar Djavadi in Conversation with Laura van den Berg: DISORIENTAL

On April 17th, Négar Djavadi will be in conversation with author Laura van den Berg at the Brookline Booksmith as part of their Transnational Literature Series. This series focuses on books concerned with migration, displacement, and exile, with particular emphasis on works in translation.

DISORIENTAL, Djavadi’s début novel, is the winner of several awards, including: the Prix du Style, Prix de la Porte Dorée, Prix du Roman News, Prix Première (RTBF), Emmanuel Roblès First Novel Prize, and Lire’s Best Debut Novel of 2016.

Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them.

“What is obvious from the beginning of this riveting novel is that Djavadi is an immensely gifted storyteller.”
Booklist (Starred Review)

“In a tour de force of storytelling, screenwriter and debut novelist Djavadi deftly weaves together the history of 20th-century Iran […] with the spellbinding chronicle of her own ancestors.”
Library Journal

Porter Square Books: Late Night Poetry Lab

Join Porter Square Books at Aeronaut Brewing on the Duck Village Stage for an exploration of poetry that push boundaries of poetry and poetic performance.  The July 19 performance will be “Take This Cup from Me.”

“Take This Cup from Me” will present multiple translations, interpretations, and reactions to Cesar Vallejo’s poem of the Spanish Civil War, “Spain, Take This Cup from Me”.  Literature can both show us how we are all connected by our fundamental humanity an  the vast diversity of human expression.  This performance engages with the threads that unite us all and the menageries of expression that reveal our potential to converse with art and literature’s long struggle for justice and create of an object of our own resistance.

This event will take place at Aeronaut Brewing in Somerville.