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Philip Roughton, Will Chancellor and Ezra Goldstein discuss Salka Valka
July 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join a virtual conversation between Will Chancellor, Ezra Goldstein and Philip Roughton celebrating his translation of Halldór Laxness’s Salka Valka – a feminist coming-of-age tale, an elegy to the plight of the working class, and a poetic window into the arrival of modernity in a tiny industrial town. The event is hosted by Community Bookstore and will take place via Zoom on Sunday, July 19 at 5pm EST.
Philip Roughton has translated the work of Halldór Laxness, Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir and many others. He has been awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize for his rendering of Laxness’s work twice, in 2001 for Iceland’s Bell and again in 2015 for Wayward Heroes. He also received the 2016 Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize for his translation of Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s The Heart of Man. He lives in Iceland.
Will Chancellor is an author of the novel A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall. He studied political theory and environmental policy at Stanford, later finished his post-grad work in Physics and Ancient Greek. Chancellor has written for Bookforum, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Interview Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Scofield, among others. He currently works as an editor of fiction column for Brooklyn Rail and is writing his second novel.
Ezra Goldstein was a co-owner of Community Bookstore and Terrace Books in Brooklyn. Prior to running the stores, Goldstein spent 40 years of his career as a writer for local newspapers, including the Long Island Jewish World. He was a freelance editor and writer, and helped ghostwrite memoirs for some local Holocaust survivors.