September 10, 2020

Translation Prize Awards Ceremony

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The French-American Foundation hosted a virtual celebration of the 2020 Translation Prize winners on Thursday, September 10 at 1:00pm ET. The winners, joined with other notable literary professionals, shared thoughts on their work and took questions from interested members of the public. The event was moderated by Emily Nemens, author & editor of The Paris Review.

Since 1986, the French-American Foundation, with the longstanding support of the Florence Gould Foundation, has awarded an annual prize for the best translation from French to English in both fiction and nonfiction. Learn more about this year’s winners.

2020 Recipients

  • Fiction: Alyson Waters, for her translation of “A King Alone” by Jean Giono, New York Review Books
  • Nonfiction: Michael Loriaux and Jacob Levi, for their co-translation of “Murderous Consent: on the Accommodation of Violent Death” by Marc Crépon, Fordham University Press

Watch a recording of the ceremony below:

Emily Nemens: Emily Nemens is a writer, illustrator, and editor. Her debut novel, The Cactus League, was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February 2020. In 2018, Nemens became the seventh editor of The Paris Review, the nation’s preeminent literary quarterly. Since her arrival, the magazine has seen record-high circulation, published two anthologies, produced a second season of its acclaimed podcast, and won the 2020 National Magazine Award for Fiction.

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