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The Make Books Travel Podcast

42 EpisodesProduced by Marleen SeegersWebsite

The Make Books Travel podcast offers a behind-the-scenes look at the international publishing scene. Literary agent Marleen Seegers interviews the industry's key players, who all have one thing in common: they make books travel, for instance from one language to another, from manuscript to published… read more


S1 E20: Translating from French to English, Its Challenges and Rewards, with Eve Bodeux

Today I’m speaking with French-to-English translator Eve Bodeux.

As a translator, Eve is someone who literally makes books travel. We discuss many things on this 20th episode of the Make Books Travel Podcast, including her professional journey, the challenges and rewards of being a translator from French to English, the American Translators Association, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on her work, and why the English language book market is so challenging for translated literature.

  • Eve’s book recommendations:

– Natalia Ginzburg, Family Lexicon (translated from the Italian by Jenny McPhee; NYRB Classics, 2017)
– Bess Kalb, Nobody Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A true (as told to me) story (Knopf, 2020)

She also mentioned:

– Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman (translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori; Grove Press, 2018)
– Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove: A Novel (translated from the Swedish by Henning Koch; Atria Books, 2014)

Eve Bodeux is a dual French-American national and French-to-English translator with over 20 years of experience. She is certified by the American Translators Association and works with clients in France, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the UK, the US and around the world. In addition to her commercial translation work, she has translated several children’s books, and romance and non-fiction works into English. She is co-host of the long-running Speaking of Translation podcast. She earned a BA in French and Political Science and a graduate degree from the University of Lorraine (Nancy II) in France and an MA from the University of Virginia. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Translators Association through 2021.

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