Nordic Cool 2013: Literature Panel: From Classics to Crime--Translating Nordic Fiction for American Readers
Join us for a lively conversation with award-winning translators Steven T. Murray and Tiina Nunnally, who have plenty of stories to tell about the joys and controversies they have encountered in nearly three decades of translating Scandinavian fiction.
- Mon., Mar. 4, 2013, 7:00 PM
- Terrace Gallery
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For the duration of Nordic Cool 2013, the Terrace Gallery will become the Cool Club, an extension of the Nordic Design Illustrated exhibition. The Cool Club will feature the iconic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, on loan from Fritz Hansen, the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C., and Furniture from Scandinavia, and a new curtain made from fabric by Marimekko.
Join us for a lively conversation with award-winning translators Steven T. Murray and Tiina Nunnally, who have plenty of stories to tell about the joys and controversies they have encountered in nearly three decades of translating Scandinavian fiction. Tiina Nunnally is best known for her translation of Sigrid Undset's epic trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter, as well as Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, and fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Steven T. Murray is the renowned translator of Stieg Larsson's best-selling "Millennium" series, as well as detective novels by Henning Mankell and Camilla Läckberg. Together they have translated more than 80 classic and contemporary books into English. The panel will be moderated by literary columnist Katherine A. Powers.
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
Katherine A. Powers, USA (Moderator)
Katherine A. Powers is a literary columnist, twenty years for the Boston Sunday Globe and currently for Barnes and Noble Review. She is the editor of Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J. F.Powers, 1942–1963, forthcoming (August, 2013) from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She lives in Cambridge, MA.
Tiina Nunnally, USA
Nunnally is an award-winning translator of Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish, who sometimes uses the pseudonym Felicity David when edited into UK English. Her translation of Kristin Lavransdatter III: The Cross by Sigrid Undset won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize in 2001, and her translation of Peter Høeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow won the American Translator's Association's Lewis Galantière Prize. The Swedish Academy honored Nunnally in 2009 with a special award for her contributions to "the introduction of Swedish culture abroad." Nunnally is married to Steven T. Murray.
Steven T. Murray, USA
Steven T. Murray is an American translator of Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and German. He sometimes works under the pseudonym Reg Keeland when edited into UK English. He has translated the bestselling "Millennium" trilogy by Stieg Larsson, three crime novels and two African novels by Henning Mankell, three psychological suspense novels by Karin Alvtegen, and works by many other authors. In 2001, he won the Gold Dagger Award in the UK for his translation of Sidetracked by Henning Mankell. Murray founded Fjord Press and was editor-in-chief from 1981 to 2001, publishing mainly Scandinavian and German fiction in translation and a few American titles. Murray is married to Tiina Nunnally.
This is a FREE event. General Admission tickets will be distributed, two (2) per person on a first-come-- first-serve basis, in front of the theater, 30 minutes before the performance begins.
The Nordic Cool 2013 Literature Series is curated by Danish Arts Council, Norwegian Literature Abroad, Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet), Finnish Literature Exchange, and Icelandic Literature Foundation.
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter,
Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation,
David M. Rubenstein, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.