Because I received the book do to a review for Library Journal I can’t do a review of it here, but I have to alert you to the amazing Translation as Transhumance by Mireille Gansel. Don’t let the title fool you into thinking OMG this is an academic book full of jargon and things difficult to understand. This beautiful, slim book is actually part memoir and part meditation on the art of translation.

Gansel grew up in the aftermath of WWII in a family that lost everything to the Nazis. She has translated Vietnamese and East Berlin poets into French in order to bring their words of dissent to a wider audience. She writes about her experience translating these poets and how translation creates a bridge between languages that fosters empathy and understanding. The chapters are short meditations that made me sigh many times in satisfied happiness.

I made it a starred review for LJ, something I have only done about two other times in the three or four years I have been writing reviews for them. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss this book!

Something you might be interested in reading is an article in School Library Research, “Becoming a Reader: Significant Social Influences on Avid Book Readers” by Margaret K Merga. Here’s the abstract:

Understanding how social influences can foster avid book reader identification is a key research goal that warrants further investigation beyond a limited early-years lens. The author’s 2015 International Study of Avid Book Readers (ISABR) explored, as one of its key research questions, the influence positive social agents can have on avid book readers, relying on the retrospective reflections of respondents from a range of countries and supporting quantitative data to explore this research focus. Early influences were examined, with data suggesting that maternal instruction is the most prevalent source of early reading teaching. Most respondents (64.3 percent) were the recipients of positive influence from a social agent. Indirect avid reader influence, author influence, fostering access, shared social habit, reading for approval, recommendations and supporting choice, and exposure to reading aloud were recurring mechanisms of influence. The multiple mechanisms of influence identified constitute opportunities for engagement and subsequent intervention by literacy advocates, including librarians.

The PDF is available online for free.

I just finished reading Solar Bones by Mike McComack. The book was longlisted for the Booker and, well, I didn’t like it much. Trying to put together my thoughts about it. I also have a long backlog of other books to tell you about including a bushel of graphic novels and comics. I will keep chipping away at posting about them and one of these days I might actually catch up. Ha!