The Criticism of Translated Books: A Words Without Borders Conversation

Room 2208, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, February 10, 2024
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Three leading critics and translators—Sarah Chihaya (book critic and author The Ferrante Letters), Laura Marris (translator of The Plague), and Justin Rosier (chair, National Book Critics Circle Criticism Committee)—will discuss the challenges and benefits of reviewing translated literature with Words Without Borders Books Editor Adam Dalva. The conversation will focus on both the ethics of reviewing books in translation and practical tips on how to best write compelling contemporary criticism.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_EVENT_OUTLINE.pdf



Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, and New York Review of Books. He is the senior fiction editor of Guernica magazine, serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, and is the books editor of Words Without Borders.

Laura Marris’s criticism appears in the New York Times, the TLS, and The Point. Her translations include Camus’s The Plague and To Live is to Resist, a biography of Gramsci. She has received support from MacDowell and the Silvers Foundation. Her first solo-authored book is forthcoming from Graywolf.

J. Howard Rosier's writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Poetry, the Nation, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. He is is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle and a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Michele Filgate


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center