Winners of Best Translated Book Award 2012 Announced

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

On May 4 at independent bookstore McNally Jackson, the winners of this year’s Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) were announced. In fiction, the winning title was Stone Upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski, translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston and published by Archipelago Books. The poetry winner was Kiwao Nomura’s Spectacle & Pigsty, translated from the Japanese by Kyoko Yoshida and Forrest Gander, published by Omnidawn Publishing. The award event was part of the PEN World Voices Festival, a series of literary events in New York City featuring authors from around the world.

“It’s extremely satisfying to be able to give these authors and translators such a significant cash prize,” said BTBA co-founder Chad W. Post, “and it’s especially pleasing to do so in this environment — at such a great bookstore, during such a great festival.” The BTBA is organized by Three Percent of the University of Rochester and is the only prize in the United States that recognizes international works of literature in translation. For the second year, the prize is supported by Amazon in the amount of $20,000. The prize money is distributed between the winning authors and translators.

The 2012 fiction judges were: Monica Carter (Salonica), Gwendolyn Dawson (Literary License), Scott Esposito (Conversational Reading and Center for the Art of Translation), Susan Harris (Words Without Borders), Annie Janusch (Translation Review), Matthew Jakubowski (writer & critic), Brandon Kennedy (bookseller/cataloger), Bill Marx (PRI’s The World: World Books), Edward Nawotka (Publishing Perspectives), Michael Orthofer (Complete Review), and Jeff Waxman (Seminary Co-op and University of Chicago Press).

The 2012 poetry judges were: Brandon Holmquest (poet, translator, editor Asymptote Journal), Jennifer Kronovet (poet, translator), Erica Mena (poet, translator, host of the Reading the World Podcast), Idra Novey (poet, translator), and Kevin Prufer (poet, academic, essayist).

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.