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David Colmer in conversation with Ken Kalfus
November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Please join us for a discussion of An Untouched House, Willem Frederik Hermans’ tight, furious novel of the Second World War, featuring translator David Colmer in conversation with Ken Kalfus. This event is free and open to the public.
Friday, November 9, 6:00pm
at the Penn Book Center, 130 S. 34th St., Philadelphia
David Colmer is a writer and translator. He translates Dutch literature in a wide range of genres including literary fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and poetry. He is a four-time winner of the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize, and received the 2009 Biennial NSW Premier and PEN Translation Prize. His translation of Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin (Archipelago) was awarded the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and he received—along with Gerbrand Bakker—the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Bakker’s novel The Detour.
Ken Kalfus‘s new collection, Coup de Foudre: A Novella and Stories, has just been published in paperback. He’s the author of two previous collections of stories, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies. He’s also published three novels, The Commissariat of Enlightenment, Equilateral, and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. His books have been translated into more than ten foreign languages.