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2021 French American Foundation Translation Prize Ceremony

Since 1986, the French-American Foundation, with the longstanding support of the Florence Gould Foundation, has awarded an annual prize for the best translation from French to English in both fiction and nonfiction.

The Translation Prize has established itself as a valuable element of the intellectual and cultural exchange between France and the United States. Its purpose is to promote French literature in the United States and to provide translators and their craft with greater visibility among publishers and readers. The prize also seeks to increase the visibility of the publishers who bring these important French works of literature to the American market in translation of exceptional quality.

Winners are chosen by a jury of translators and literary professionals and honored at an annual Awards Ceremony. 2021 Translation Prize Finalists are:


  • Jordan Stump’s translation of Igifu by Scholastique Mukasonga (Archipelago Books)
  • Mark Polizzotti’s translation of Invisible Ink: A Novel by Patrick Modiano (Yale University Press)
  • Olivia Baes’s translation of Jean-Luc Persecuted by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (Deep Vellum)
  • Natasha Lehrer’s translation of The Last Days of Ellis Island by Gaelle Josse (World Editions)
  • Chris Andrews’s translation of Our Riches by Kaouther Adimi (New Directions)