upcoming events

 


litquake
Saturday, October 13,
12:00-1:00
san Francisco, CA

A Sense of Place

Swedish American Hall | 2174 Market St, San Francisco

Geographic sense of place informs a strong and deeply felt identity, and in the case of fiction, this place is also reflected in character, narrative, atmosphere, voice, and language. Hear novelists Carol Bensimon (We All Loved Cowboys) and Ófeigur Sigurðsson (Öræfi: The Wasteland) discuss their recent works, set respectively within a road trip through Brazil, and the desolate landscape of Iceland. Moderated by author Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Lava Falls). 

point reyes books
sunday, october 21, 2018
2:00
point reyes, ca

False Calm: María Sonia Cristoff and Katherine Silver

Point Reyes Presbyterian Church | 11445 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

María Sonia Cristoff and translator Katherine Silver discuss False Calm, a journey through the ghost towns of Patagonia.

Event sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation.

american bookbinders museum
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7:30
san francisco, ca

False Calm: María Sonia Cristoff and Katherine Silver

American Bookbinders Museum | 355 Clementina Street, San Francisco, CA

María Sonia Cristoff and translator Katherine Silver discuss False Calm, a journey through the ghost towns of Patagonia. Wine and refreshments to follow.

Event sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation. RSVP here.



Thursday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
7:00–10:00
E.M. Wolfman
Oakland, CA

transit's Half-Birthday party / River Launch

E.M. Wolfman | 410 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612

We're turning three and a half or one and a half (depending on how you count!) and are throwing a party to celebrate and launch Esther Kinsky's award-winning novel RIVER, translated from the German by Iain Galbraith. Join us at E.M. Wolfman for an evening of drinks, good company, and fluvial puns!

RSVP on Facebook

Sunday, September, 16, 2018
10:00–6:00
Borough Hall
BROOKLYN, NY

 

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

Borough Hall | 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Transit Books will be attending this year's Brooklyn Book Festival. Stop by booth 432 to check out our latest releases, festival sales, limited edition totes, and say hello!

Windham-Campbell Festival
Friday, september 14, 2018
1:30
Yale Center for British Art
NEW Havent, CT

Close Looking: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi on William Etty

Yale Center for British Art | 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

A chance encounter with William Etty’s 1837 painting The Sirens and Ulysses at a museum in her hometown of Manchester, England inspired Jennifer Makumbi’s current novel-in-progress. Matthew Hargraves engages Makumbi in a conversation about her complex relationship with Etty’s work.

Co-sponsor: Yale Center for British Art

 

Windham-Campbell Festival
Friday, September 14, 2018
12:00
New Haven Free Public Library
New HAven, CT

 

Memories, Secrets, and Lies: Writing on Family

New Haven Free Public Library | 133 Elm St, New Haven, CT 06510

How do you write about family honestly without alienating the people you are writing about? Prize director Michael Kelleher engages Lorna GoodisonJennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, and Olivia Laing about the risks and rewards of writing about family.

Michael Kelleher is a poet and the director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes and Literary Festival. His most recent book of poetry is Visible Instruments (Chax, 2017).

Co-sponsor: New Haven Free Public Library

WIndham-Campell Festival
Thursday, September 13, 2018
4:00
Whitney Humanities Center
New Haven, CT

Anticipating an Audience for African Writing

Whitney Humanities Center, Room 208 | 53 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511

When Jennifer Makumbi wrote Kintu, her epic novel of Uganda, western publishers told her that the book was “too African.” Matthew Shenoda talks with Makumbi and her American publishers, Adam Z. Levy and Ashley Nelson Levy, about the journey of her book to the American market and beyond.

Matthew Shenoda is a writer, professor, and university administrator whose poems and essays have appeared in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. His debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press), was named one of 2005's debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and was winner of a 2006 American Book Award. He is currently the Vice President of Social Equity & Inclusion and Professor of Literary Arts and Studies at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Shenoda is a founding editor of the African Poetry Book Fund.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
3:15-4:30
Berkeley, CA

Bay Area Book Festival: Knots of Wonder: Stunning Short Fiction

Hotel Shattuck Plaza - White Cotton Room

Gunnhild Oyehaug, David Hayden, Masatsugu Ono

Short stories and novellas are like knots: compact on the surface, but containing intricately woven ideas that, when unraveled, point to something much larger. How do writers do it? These three authors are world-class exemplars of the form: Norwegian short story writer Gunnhild Oyehaug, who can “produce stabs of emotion, unexpected ghost notes of feeling, from pieces so short and offbeat that they seem at first like aborted arias” (in a profile of her by The New Yorker); Irish writer David Hayden, whose short stories The Guardian calls “brilliantly disturbing and unclassifiable”; and, coming to us from Japan, Masatsugu Ono, whose jewel-like novella mixes the surreal with the profound in a story of a shy, traumatized boy overcoming the shame, anger, and sadness that silence him.

Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation, with additional support from the Norway House Foundation, NORLA - Norwegian Literature Abroad, Culture Ireland, and Transit Books

Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00-11:15
Berkeley, CA

BAY Area Book FestivaL: Ambitious Young Writers from Ireland

Berkeley City College - Auditorium

Eimear McBride, David Hayden, Liz Nugent, moderated by Rosemary Graham

The small country of Ireland has always had an outsize influence on world literature. For the third year in a row, the festival showcases some of today’s most powerful writers who come from this land of literary pioneers. Surrealist feminist author Eimear McBride creates a literary mosaic with her disjointed, artful syntax; NPR called her “one of the most exciting young talents in fiction.” Of David Hayden’s debut short story collection, the Guardian wrote, “Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that really is like nothing you’ve ever read before.” Liz Nugent is a rising star who has written a dark thriller that Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, called “an intense character study” that plays with truth.

With the support of Culture Ireland, Transit Books, and Irish Culture Bay Area

 
David Hayden - The Dial
 

Thursday, april 26, 2018
7:00–9:00
The dial Bookshop
Chicago, IL

David Hayden and Maryse Meijer

The Dial Bookshop | 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605

David Hayden will read from his debut collection, Darker With the Lights On, followed by a discussion with Maryse Meijer (author of Heartbreaker and the forthcoming Northwood) and a signing. Refreshments will be served.

March 8-10, 2018
TAMPA, FL

 

AWP Conference and bookfair

Tampa Convention Center | 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

We'll be exhibiting at AWP at booth 838. Come say hello!

GREEN APPLE BOOKS
(ON THE PARK)

Thursday, September 21, 2017
San Francisco, CA
7:30

Wioletta Greg & Molly Parent

Green Apple Books on the Park | 1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Wioletta Greg will be in conversation with co-owner of Point Reyes Books, Molly Parent. This event is sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation.

Wioletta Greg Los Angeles Review of Books

The study
tuesday, september 19, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
7:00

Wioletta Greg & Piotr Florczyk

The Study,  6356 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

In an event sponsored by the Los Angeles Review of Books,  Wioletta Greg will be in conversation with poet Piotr Florczyk, moderated by Los Angeles Review of Books Executive Editor, Boris Dralyuk

Brooklyn Book Festival
sunday, september 17, 2017
Brooklyn, NY
12:00

Spanning Place and Time: Migration and Memory

Borough Hall Media Room, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY

The immediacy of memory—personal, familial, cultural—creates a sense of being both lost in time and present within it. In Swallowing Mercury, Polish poet Wioletta Greg reaches back to 1980s communist Poland, Norwegian writer Maja Lunde’s The History of Bees explores family legacies impacted by environmental changes, and Colombian author Santiago Gamboa’s Return to the Dark Valley delves into the turbulent lives of global migrants in a violent world. Moderated by Gabriel Sanders of Tablet Magazine.

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Yale University
12:30
 

 

AFRICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION

Yale University | Law School Lecture Theater

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi will be participating in the African Literature Association's annual conference at Yale University. This will be an Auditorium Event with Jennifer Makumbi: 12:30-1:50 chaired by Aaron Bady at the Law School Lecture Theater

BOOKS ARE MAGIC
MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017
BROOKLYN, NY
7:30

 

JENNIFER MAKUMBI & NAMWALI SERPELL

Books Are Magic | 225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, New York, NY 11231

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi will be in conversation with Caine Prize-winning writer Namwali Serpell.

DIESEL OAKLAND
THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017
OAKLAND, CA
7:00

JENNIFER MAKUMBI & AARON BADY

Diesel, A Bookstore | 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Jennifer Nansubuga will be in conversation with Aaron Bady.

GREEN APPLE BOOKS
(ON THE PARK)
TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
7:30

JENNIFER MAKUMBI & SARAH LADIPDO MANYIKA

Green Apple Books on the Park | 1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi will be in conversation with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun.

BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017
BERKELEY, CA
10:00

 

 

 

 

 

WRITING FROM AFRICA

Where is Africa in world literature? After centuries of being confined to a cramped corner of the literary world—to being described by explorers, tourists, journalists, and activists—African writers discuss what it means to tell their own stories, in their own words and languages, and the journey their work takes to arrive in print, at home and abroad. Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky is “completely captivating…whether you’re in Nigeria or Chicago” (Ebony); Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Kintu has been called “a masterpiece of cultural memory” (Publishers Weekly), and Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun is one of the “brilliant books that you really need to read” (Buzzfeed).

Lesley Nneka Arimah, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika, moderated by Aaron Bady.  This event is sponsored by Transit Books.

JENNIFER MAKUMBI & MERON HADERO

MoAD | 685 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi in conversation with Meron Hadero. The program will include a wine reception and book signing. Tickets are $10 for non-members, free for members of MoAD.

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017
OAKLAND, CA
10:00-6:00

 

OAKLAND BOOK FESTIVAL

Oakland City Hall | 50 Frank H Ogawa Plz, Oakland, California 94612

Transit Books will be participating in the 2017 Oakland Book Festival.

Wednesday
April 26, 2017
Oakland, CA
7:00

andrés Barba And Lili Loofbourow

Diesel, A Bookstore | 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Andrés Barba will be in conversation with Lili Loofbourow, culture critic at The Week. Full details.

Tuesday
April 25, 2017
SAN francisco, CA
7:00

 

andrés Barba and Yiyun Li

Green Apple Books on the Park | 1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Andrés Barba will be in conversation with Yiyun Li, author most recently of Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. Party to follow! Full details.

SUnday
April 23, 2017
POINT REYES, CA
5:00

andrés barba and anthony marra

Point Reyes Books | 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Andrés Barba will be in conversation with Anthony Marra, author of The Tsar of Love and Techno. Full details.

Thursday
April 20, 2017
Washington, DC
7:00

Andrés Barba at Upshur Street Books

Upshur Street Books | 827 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Andrés Barba will read from and sign his most recent novel, Such Small Hands.

Wednesday
APril 19, 2017
BRooklyn, NY
7:00

andrés Barba AND Heather cleary AT community

Community Bookstore | 143 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Andrés Barba will be in conversation with translator Heather Cleary. Full details.

Tuesday
April 18, 2017
New YoRK, NY
7:00

Andrés Barba And Idra Novey at McNally Jackson

McNally Jackson | 52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Andrés Barba will be in conversation with Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear, and Lisa Dillman, translator of Such Small Hands. Full details.

February 8-11, 2017
Washington, DC
 


 

AWP CONFERENCE AND BOOKFAIR

Washington Convention Center | Washington, DC

AWP’s bookfair is the nation’s largest marketplace for independent literary presses and journals, creative writing programs, writing conferences and centers, and literary arts organizations. You can find us with our spring titles and totes at table 446.

Friday
October 14, 2016

6:30-8:30
San francisco, CA

Global Fiction: Litquake's International night

Mechanics' Institute Library | 57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104

Antoine VolodineDavid FrancisMauro Javier Cardenas, and Carmen-Francesca Banciu, moderated by Transit Books publisher Adam Z. Levy. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00 for pre-show reception.

Co-presented by Transit Books, Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France, San Francisco, and Mechanics' Institute Library

Saturday
October 8, 2016
9:00-11:00
OAkland, CA

 

Transit Books Presents An alta Afterparty

E.M. Wolfman General Internest and Bookstore | 410 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Transit Books welcomes everyone in town for the American Literary Translators Association's annual conference to join them at E.M. Wolfman, the official bookseller of #ALTA39.