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Biweekly, Wednesday, 10 – 12, Week 1
Workshop Full

“Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.” George Steiner

Are you ready to break out of your literary bubble by listening to some new voices? This workshop will focus on recent European literature, mostly in translation, and will introduce some great books from writers you may not know. You will be asked to choose 12 books from a list of authors spanning the continent, such as Hellgrimur Helgason (Iceland), Donal Ryan (Ireland), Maylis de Kerengal (France), Pajtim Statovci (Finland), and Elif Shafak (Turkey). The expectation is that everyone will read all the selected texts. Each participant will prepare a presentation on the book or author of their choice. Of special interest is the role and art of the translator.


Virginia Clark ( was born in the USA and has been Canadian by choice since she was 22.  She has an M.A. in literature, began her career in publishing, moved to freelance writing and communications, and ended up in the Ontario public service in social policy.

Susan Murphy ( grew up in pre-EU England and earned a mid-life degree in English largely focused on the literature of Britain and North America. She anticipates reading texts in translation will reveal an exciting diversity of expression amongst European writers.

Workshop Notes:

Welcome Note


Workshop Plan and Book list

Session Notes