The Power of Books in Translation with Katherine E. Young and Rich Kauzlarich

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Monday, June 17, 2019 from 03:00 PM until 04:30 PM
Central Library, Open to the Public

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No registration required. This event is free and all are welcome.

Learn the back story about a Nobel Prize nominee, now under de facto house arrest in Azerbaijan, persecuted for using his writings to speak out against state repression and ethnic cleansing.

Katherine E. Young, award-winning translator of Russian-language novels and former poet laureate of Arlington VA, will discuss the challenges and power of translating the works of Azerbaijani political prisoner, Akram Aylisli. Click here for book sales, as well as reviews and news items. Ms. Young will be joined by Richard Kauzlarich, former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, for a brief conversation on the current political situation in that country.

Akram Aylisli is a novelist, playwright, and former member of Azerbaijan's National Assembly whose writing has been translated into more than twenty languages, including his non-traditional novel, Farewell Aylis, recently rendered into English by Ms. Young. Words Without Borders names the book one of 11 “groundbreaking works” from 2018.

Arlington Central Library is located at 1015 N Quincy Street between Washington Boulevard and Fairfax Drive. Parking is free at the library, which is midway between the Virginia Square and Ballston Metro Stations, on the Silver and Orange lines. The auditorium is on the first floor.

This program is jointly sponsored by Encore Learning and the Arlington Public Library.