READ RUSSIA unveils $10K Translation prize at Book Expo America 2013

Read Russia!

New York, NY, —Read Russia, an initiative aimed at introducing Russia’s contemporary writers and literary heritage to new audiences, returns to Book Expo America May 29–June 1, 2013. Concurrently with the Expo, Read Russia will host a series of free public events at literary venues around the city, including Strand Book Store, Poets House, Brooklyn Public Library and NYU’s Kimmel Center.

The program will once again bring together leading Russian authors, American literary translators, scholars and publishing insiders to engage with readers on contemporary trends in Russian literary culture and Russia’s rich literary traditions.

Critically acclaimed Russian authors Maxim Amelin, Andrei Gelasimov, Irina Muravyova, Aleksey Varlamov, and Olga Slavnikova will be joined by U.S. editors Mark Krotov (Overlook Press), Ann Kjellberg (Little Star Journal, New York Review of Books) and Rohan Kamicheril (Words Without Borders), as well as renowned literary translators Marian Schwartz and Antonina W. Bouis, in a series of free readings and discussions.

Read Russia will also unveil a translation prize of up to $10,000 to be awarded in New York every spring for the best new translation of Russian literature into English.

The authors’ appearances are part of an ongoing series of events in New York and beyond, and follow on the heels of an event-packed Read Russia presence at the London Book Fair in April. The program will continue in the U.S. this summer and fall with author visits, events, and educational endeavors around the country.

Read Russia, founded in 2012, is a New York-based initiative established to celebrate Russian literature and Russian book culture. Through innovative programs supporting the English-language translation and publication of Russian works, Read Russia provides audiences worldwide with fresh opportunities to engage—in person, on screen and online—with Russia’s literary leaders and heritage.

The full schedule of events available at

To find more details about the prize follow the link

For more information, please contact:

Sommer Hixson

(646) 644-1546

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