August is Women in Translation (WIT) Month. Launched in 2014 by Meytal Radzinski, WIT Month was created in response to Radzinski’s observation that only 30% of books published in translation were by women. Translated works allow us to be more inclusive of writers from different cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. Over the years, Radzinski has included and emphasized works from marginalized women (and transgender, nonbinary, or intersex) writers.
You can support and participate in WIT Month by reading, sharing, and discussing books by women in translation. Suggest these books to your library and book clubs, gift them to your friends and family and share them on social media. To help you get started, we curated a list of 2021 books by women in translation!
Ae-ran Kim’s My Brilliant Life explores family bonds and out-of-the-ordinary friendships, interweaving the past and present of a tight-knit family, finding joy and happiness in even the most difficult times.
The celebrated Danish poet Tove Ditlevsen begins the Copenhagen Trilogy with Childhood, her coming-of-age memoir about pursuing a life and a passion beyond the confines of her upbringing–and into the difficult years described in Youth and Dependency
Already an international literary sensation, an intimate and powerful memoir of a young French teenage girl’s relationship with a famous, much older male writer–a universal #MeToo story of power, manipulation, trauma, recovery, and resiliency that exposes the hypocrisy of a culture that has allowed the sexual abuse of minors to occur unchecked.
From award-winning novelist Argentine Betina González, American Delirium is a dizzying, luminous English-language debut about an American town overrun by a mysterious hallucinogen and the collision of three unexpected characters through the mayhem.
Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with the vanishing residents of the old mining town, dubbed “The Lost Village,” since she was a little girl. In 1959, her grandmother’s entire family disappeared in this mysterious tragedy, and ever since, the unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left–a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn–have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened. But there will be no turning back.
Studiously deadpan and chillingly voyeuristic, The Woman in the Purple Skirt explores envy, loneliness, power dynamics, and the vulnerability of unmarried women in a taut, suspenseful narrative about the sometimes desperate desire to be seen.
In this international bestseller by the award-winning novelist Mariana Leky, a heartwarming story unfolds about a small town, a grandmother whose dreams foretell a coming death, and the young woman forever changed by these losses and her loving, endearingly oddball community.
A lush, sensuous, and original tale of family, love, and history, set against the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath.