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Press Release Fun: The May Children’s Literary Cafe

The Children’s Literary Cafe is Pleased to announce the following event on Saturday, May 1st at 2:00 p.m.:

Lost in Children’s Literary Translation

How do children’s books from other countries cross over into the American publishing scene?  What are some of the challenges they face?  Editors Mark Siegel, Cheryl Klein, and Claudia Zoe Bedrick alongside translator Edward Gauvin will discuss the world of children’s literary translation and where they see it going in the future.

Claudia Bedrick was born in Manhattan, where she grew up going to the Donnell Library every Saturday until she was a teenager.  In late 2003, Claudia started Enchanted Lion Books with her father Peter Bedrick (who passed away in 2005), her mother Muriel Bedrick (who continues to provide every manner of support) and her younger sister Abigail Bedrick (who left at the end of 2008). Claudia is the publisher and editorial director of Enchanted Lion Books.

Writer and translator Edward Gauvin has received fellowships from the Clarion Foundation and the American Literary Translators Association. He has been a resident at Ledig House and the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. A consulting editor for graphic literature at Words Without Borders, he translates comics for Archaia, First Second, and Tokyopop. Other translations have been featured in Subtropics , Two Lines, and Absinthe.

Cheryl Klein is the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. Among the titles she has edited are A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, winner of the inaugural William C. Morris Award for a YA debut novel; Marcelo in the Real World , by Francisco X. Stork, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award;  Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano, winner of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for a book in translation, and its sequel, Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness, which won a Batchelder Honor; and many others. She also served as the continuity editor for the last three books of the Harry Potter series.

Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan but grew up in France, where at the age of five he made a postage-stamp-sized book called La femme légère . In 2005 he launched First Second Books, a new imprint of Macmillan Publishers, dedicated to quality graphic novels for every age. First Second books have garnered considerable accolades, and include the Printz Award and National Book Award nominee American-Born Chinese (2006) by Gene Luen Yang, and the New York Times bestseller The Photographer  (2009), by Emmanuel Guibert–and a growing, stellar collection  home to the world’s very best talents in comics today.

This event will be held in the Berger Forum on the second floor of New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.  This event is for adults only.

New York Public Library
Children’s Center at 42nd Street
42nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Jenny Schwartzberg says:

    Groan. I so want to attend this cafe! Please post a thorough report afterwards!!!