The BookBlast® Podcast

News | Bridging the Divide: Translation and the Art of Empathy

Thursday 30 July at 5 pm sees the launch of a ground-breaking weekly podcast, championing independent publishers, their authors and translators will feature world writers, translators and their publishers in conversation with Georgia de Chamberet and Lucy Popescu including a guest interview with the man behind Nordic Noir.

The two launch podcasts feature Flemish author JS Margot and Adam Freudenheim from Pushkin Press. Rose Baring and translator Robyn Marsack discuss Nicolas Bouvier, and Jamie Lee Searle and Anne Meadows from Granta Books discuss The Great Homecoming by Anna Kim. Lulu Norman discusses Aziz BineBine with Popescu, and Lars Mytting talks about The Bell in the Lake with his translator Deborah Dawkin, followed by an interview with Christopher MacLehose. Chamberet interviews Tahar Ben Jelloun about Terrorism in France on 10 September, while Tommy Wieringa discusses his novel The Blessed Rita with his translator Sam Garrett, followed by an interview with Philip Gwyn Jones. Natasha Lehrer discusses The White Dress by Nathalie Léger, while Goran Vojnović talks about his novel The Fig Tree Tamara Japaridze and Beka Adamashvili wrap up the podcast series on 5 November.

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The BookBlast® 10x10 Tour

The BookBlast® 10x10 Tour in association with Waterstones

Be informed! Click HERE to find out about our celebration of independent publishing.

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Ten risk-taking, innovative publishers and their authors, poets and translators visited nine major cities across England over ten weeks in Autumn 2018. The tour inspired readers to sample writing and ideas from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean — learn more HERE

@LisaAppignanesi — “Congratulations from @RSLiterature on your great tour.”

Visibility for the publishers and their authors-translators was enhanced, with their books displayed in participating Waterstones flagship stores, and reviewed or included in round ups in the quality broadsheets including Sunday Times Culture, Telegraph Review, Observer and i-newspaper among others.

Browse the BookBlast® 10×10 Tour catalogue