August is Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth). A look at literature in translation shows that women’s books represent only around 30% of titles published in translation in English. Efforts to shift the balance of work in translation — and attention to the the work in translation — have resulted in the lithub lists of women’s works to translate as well as the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation, which recently announced its debut complete list of nominees:
Although there has been more attention to women’s work in translation in the last three years, since the launch of #WITMonth, of the seventeen books entered for the Banipal Prize for Arabic Literature in Translation, just five were by women.
In 2017, there have been only a handful of books by Arab women in translation. But there should be an uptick — including several titles by Iman Mersal; Dima Wannous’
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