Women in Translation Month 2016

Hey y’all,

Meytal over at the Biblibio blog is hosting the Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) in August. The event attempts to turn the spotlight onto works written by female writers in translation, and to encourage readers, reviewers, publishers, and translators to explore more of those books.Here you can find a FAQ on the event.

Logo courtesy of Charlie Coombe & Meytall.
Logo courtesy of Charlie Coombe & Meytal.

“This year’s goal is simple. No bells, no whistles, no drama.
Just read.


Read women writers in translation. Share books you love. Seek out new ones. Learn about untranslated masterpieces. Look at the statistics posts, whether the ones on this blog or on womenintranslation.tumblr.com or any other site. Research and learn. Read.
And spread the word.” Here.

Here is my list of books to read for #WITMonth:

  1. The Vegetarian by Han Kang (South Korea), tr. Deborah Smith ✓
  2. Ladivine, by Marie NDiaye (France), tr. Jordan Stump;
  3. The Door, by Magda Szabó (Hungary), tr. Len Rix ✓
  4. Crow Blue, by Adriana Lisboa (Brazil), tr. Alison Entrekin ✓
  5. The House in Smyrnaby Tatiana Salem Levy (Brazil), tr. Alison Entrekin ✓
  6. The Pure and the Impure, by Colette (France), tr.  Herma Briffault ✓
  7. UPDATE 17.08: The Wall, by Marlen Haushofer (Austria), tr. Shaun Whiteside ✓

Here you can find my WIT reviews. And I guess that’s all for now.

What are your reading plans, fellow WIT readers? Which books do you recommend? 🙂

Yours truly,


"Morning Sun" (1913) by Harold Knight.
“Morning Sun” (1913) by Harold Knight.

17 thoughts on “Women in Translation Month 2016

  1. Both The house in Smyrna and The Door look interesting, added to my tbr! The Vegetarian is definitely an interesting book, it’s an interesting exploration of South Korean culture as well as many other themes of course. Another South-korean book I’d recommend is “Please look after mom” by Kyung Sook-shin – I thought it was a fantastic exploration of motherhood, woman’s place in society, culture specific aspects as well as universal themes of family. Another great book is “The faster I walk, the smaller I am” by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold, I’d say it’s about aging, identity, loneliness, connection to the world, and more. It’s a short book but it had a big impact on me.

    What a great idea for a reading event! I have just ordered The last quarter of the moon by Chi Zijian so I’ll probably try reading that in August! 🙂

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    1. I have high hopes for The Vegetarian! Thank you for the recommendations, both sound just like my cup of tea. I am particularly interested in stories about motherhood and aging, so I will try to find those books. Thank you 🙂

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  2. For now, I have two German, two Nigerian, one Russian, one Dutch, and one Croatian author on my radar. But who knows what I will feel like reading next month… I’ve been collecting books for this event since last year, so I know I won’t be able to read nearly as much as I’d like to.

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    1. It is really fun, and I try to participate every year. And usually, I have my eyes on more books than I could possibly read in one month… I never read Indiana, so I guess I have to add this one to my list, too… 😉

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      1. I know the feeling. I’m so far behind with my reading and writing, though, so I’m trying to be more practical. I did laugh a little, though, when I realized that I had read all but one of the works in translation on my WCLE list just as Women In Translation Month is about to begin. smh

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  3. The Door and The Vegetarian are on my list too. I like the sound of Ladivine so I’ll be interested to hear how you find it.

    I’ve got a pile of about 9 titles from my shelves to choose from and will be looking to replenish the pile for post #WITMonth reading too.

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  4. Rats! I always want to do this, and then I forget and become all involved in the Man Booker shadow jury event. Which I love as well. At any rate, I was looking for your thoughts on The Vegetarian, which I don’t think you’ve reviewed yet? Would love to discuss that novel with you. And the others, too, of course. xo

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