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The President of the Jury of the International Book Award calls for translators’ royalties

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It’s only fair that translators benefit from the bestsellers and winners they’ve helped create,” said International Book Prize jury president Frank Wynne.

The jury last week announced 13 shortlisted books this year, translated into 10 languages ​​and from 12 countries on four continents.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Wynne, the first translator to chair the panel, called on publishers to reward translators more generously, and urged them to provide royalties when selling books.

“Although very few translated works earn royalties, it is only fair that translators benefit from the bestsellers and award-winning works they have helped create,” he said.

“While most independent publishers offer reasonable royalties, many larger publishers do not or only do so for a small number of translators.”

Wynne added that paying a fair price would make the translation profession more accessible.

The International Bookstore Prize is awarded each year to a book of fiction and “aims to further encourage the publication and reading of quality works of the imagination from around the world, and to appreciate the role of translators,” according to the award.

The 2022 jury panel includes Wynne, author and scholar Merve Emre, writer and attorney Petina Gappah, writer and comedian Viv Groskop, and translator and author Jeremy Tiang.

The shortlist for the International Fiction Prize will be announced on April 7.

The announcement of the winners will take place on May 26 at a ceremony at One Marylebone in London.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/chair-of-international-booker-prize-judging-panel-calls-for-translator-royalties-41451394.html The President of the Jury of the International Book Award calls for translators’ royalties

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