The American Translators Association (ATA) isn’t always the association that comes to mind first when you think of literary translation. It should not, however, be dismissed. The Literary Division (LD) is active and growing stronger every year.

The annual ATA conference is coming up very soon, from November 5 through 8, in Chicago. It’s all in the conference program, but I wanted to highlight the LD events for anyone who’s going:

Pre-Conference Seminars

Pushing the Envelope: Translating Invented Languages, Mock Words, Puns, and Wordplay, with Ioram Melcer – Tuesday, November 5 from 9 am to 2 pm

“The Other” in Literary Translation, with yours truly 🙂 – Tuesday, November 5 from 2 pm to 5 pm

*Note that there is an additional cost to attend Pre-Conference seminars. You must register in advance.


Literary Division Open House  – Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm. There’s no better way to start the conference than immediately connecting with like-minded peers.

Literary Division Annual Meeting – Thursday,  November 7 at 4:45 pm. Hear what the Division Administrator has been up to, how you can volunteer to help, and learn a little about issues around copyright.

After Hours Café – Friday, November 8 at 9 pm. This is the best part of the whole conference! (Well, one of the best for sure…) Come read your translated work, or listen to those who do. The variety is always astounding and inspiring.


L-1: Literary Translation as a Tool for Nation-Building: The Case of Modern Hebrew, with Ioram Melcer – Thursday, November 6 at 3:30pm

L-2: Odd Couple Collaboration in Poetic Translation, with Lydia Stone – Friday, November 7 at 10 am

L-3: How to Self-Publish Your Translations, with Rafa Lombardino – Saturday, November 8 at 8:30 am

L-4 What’s in a Name? On Translating (or Not) Titles, Character Names, Place Names, and Cultural Referents in Literary Texts, with Mercedes Guhl, Paula Gordon, Faiza Sultan and Abraham Haak – Saturday, November 8 at 10 am

L-5 Ethics of Cultural Translations: Homi K. Bhabha, Third Space, and Fictional Representations of Mexico City, with Alice Whitmore – Saturday, November 8 at 11:30 am

Yup, this conference has plenty to offer literary translators.

See you there?!