Is Interest in Translated and Foreign Lit Growing in the US?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

PEN World Voices Festival

By Edward Nawotka

As discussed in our lead story, the PEN World Voices Festival has done much to help promote foreign and translated literature to Americans. There are other signs that interest is growing: a proliferation of small publishers with a strong focus on translation (Open Letter, Archipelago), new tours of foreign writers, even an increasing tolerance for European “intellectuals” who want to pontificate on American culture, or perceived lack-there-of (of course, there are several sanctimonious Americans who do the same). So, is the trend true or is this more of a “false-positive”?

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.