Crossing Borders with Books: Books in Translation from Multiple Perspectives
The Publisher’s Side
What Are Some of the Challenges in Selling and Buying Literature in Translation Today?
Moderator: Carmen Pinilla (Literary Scout, Aragó & Pinilla, Spain)
Hilit Hamou-Meir (Publisher, The Armchair, Israel)
Elena Ramirez (Director International Fiction Planeta Group/ Director Seix-Barral, Spain)
Deborah Harris (Director, The Deborah Harris Agency, Israel)
Gisele Sapiro (Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, France)
Carmen Pinilla was an editor and subagent in Munich before managing the foreign rights at the Carmen Balcells Agency in Spain. In 2007, she co-founded Aragó & Pinilla, a Literary Scouting company, based in Barcelona and Berlin, reporting about books and authors from diverse languages for client publishers in over a dozen countries.
Hilit Hamou Meir is the founder and publisher of The Armchair Publishing House (founded in 2009). The Armchair is a boutique publishing house working in partnership with Modan publishing. Previously to starting her own house, Hilit worked for eight years at Keter Publishing House as part of their editorial team.
She studied English Literature and Psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
In between her academic work and a publishing career, Hilit also pursued Boulangerie studies in Paris, opened a bakery and published a best-selling bread recipe book, as well as a poetry book titled “The Fish of Thought”.
Elena Ramírez was born in Madrid. She studied Philosophy and received her master’s in Publishing from Stanford University. She worked as a freelance writer for several magazines before she joining Alfaguara as an editorial assistant in 1994. She worked in different departments before moving to coordinate the International Department of two different divisions in the Santillana Group. In 2000 she moved to Barcelona to work as Executive Editor in Seix Barral, the literary imprint of the Planeta Group. Since 2013 she is also the Director of the International Fiction Department of Planeta, in charge of the international fiction of the imprints Planeta, Espasa, Destino, Martinez Roca and Seix Barral. Photo: Sonia Fraga
Deborah Harris founded The Deborah Harris Agency in 1991, representing the international rights of writers in Israel. Amongst her clients are Nadav Eyal, David Grossman, Yuval Noah Harari’s SAPIENS, Daphna Joel, Dorit Rabinyan, Meir Shalev, and the Estates of Yehudah Amichai and Batya Gur. Photo: Lanie Klein
Gisèle Sapiro is Professor of sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Her interests include the sociology of literature, publishing and translation. The author of La Guerre des écrivains, 1940-1953 (1999; English transl.: French Writers’ War, Duke UP, 2014), La Responsabilité de l’écrivain (2011) and La Sociologie de la littérature (2014), she has also edited two collective volumes on the social conditions of translation: Translatio. Le marché de la traduction en France à l’heure de la mondialisation (2008) and Les Contradictions de la globalisation éditoriale (2009). She is currently studying the role and influence of literary agents.