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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > September 2017 > Losses and translations

Losses and translations

We say bonjour to French Canadian publishers, and goodbye to a favourite editor

Editor’s note

EVER SINCE the early 1970s, when Quill & Quire narrowed its editorial mandate to the publishing industry, the focus of the magazine has remained centred on English-language books. While many of the same issues, such as copyright laws and the dominance of digital retail giants, also affect the country’s Frenchlanguage publishers, covering the nuances of that industry is a job much better suited to Quebec-based media outlets. Of course, neither industry, nor its books and authors, exist in isolation. Stories bleed, in part thanks to the increasing number of translations available in both markets. There is much to celebrate, given the high calibre of the country’s translators, including the father-and-son team of David and Jacob Homel, and Lazer Lederhendler, whose work on Catherine Leroux’s novel The Party Wall (Biblioasis) earned him a Governor General’s Literary Award and the only Canadian spot on the shortlist for the American Literary Translator’s Association’s 2017 National Translation Award. I was also recently impressed by Susan Ouriou and Christelle Morellis’s nuanced translation of the House of Anansi Press novel Hunting Houses by Montreal author Fanny Britt, who happens to be a translator herself.

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