The Great Writers, Great Readings series will present a panel of gifted writers who make the works of foreign authors accessible to readers in other languages. This program, “The Art of Translation,” featuring Giovanna Calvino, Ann Goldstein, and Jenny McPhee, will take place Wednesday, March 14, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, first floor, Axinn Library.
Giovanna Calvino oversees the literary estate of her father, Italo Calvino, whose renowned works include the Our Ancestors trilogy, the Cosmicomics short stories, and the novels Invisible Cities and If on a winter’s night a traveler. She closely follows the retranslation of his complete works into French and some titles into English. She has taught Italian and French literature as an adjunct professor for 15 years at New York University, Baruch College and Harvard College. She is the author of the children’s book Ma Sorcière et Moi, which has been published in Italy and France.
Ann Goldstein is a former editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by – among others – Elena Ferrante (The Neapolitan Novels), Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italo Calvino, and Alessandro Baricco, and she is the editor of the Complete Works of Primo Levi in English. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Jenny McPhee is the author of the novels The Center of Things, No Ordinary Matter, and A Man of No Moon, and she co-authored Girls: Ordinary Girls and Their Extraordinary Pursuits. Her translations from the Italian include books by the authors Natalia Ginzburg, Primo Levi, Giacomo Leopardi, Curzio Malaparte, Anna Maria Ortese, Paolo Maurensig, and Pope John Paul II. She is the Director of the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at NYU’s School of Professional Studies and is a founding board member of the public school The Bronx Academy of Letters.
Great Writers, Great Readings is presents by the Department of English, the MFA in Creative Writing Program and the Hofstra Cultural Center. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.