The Queen’s Translation Exchange organises Book Clubs for the general public, where we read and discuss literature in translation, three times a year, with the translator in attendance. See below for more information on past clubs and reading suggestions, and upcoming events.

Latest Book Club with ArabLit and Alice Guthrie

Our last International Book Club took place online on Wednesday, 29th March at 7pm.

We were delighted to partner with leading literary review and publisher ArabLit. ArabLit have chosen the short story collection Something Strange, Like Hunger (Saqi Books, 2022) by radical Moroccan writer Malika Moustadraf, and translated by Alice Guthrie, who will be joining our Book Club. Celebrated by Leïla Slimani as ‘At once tender and cruel, insolent and profound,’ Malika Moustadraf’s writing bridges a range of seeming contradictions. With a style as striking as her subject matter, her linguistic creativity only enhances the visceral effect of her unflinching take on everyday life.

The publisher kindly offered an eBook discount to registered participants. We would like to thank Marcia Lynx Qualey of ArabLit, Alice Guthrie, and Saqi Books for their participation.

Past Book Clubs

July 2022 – Phenotypesby Paulo Scott, translated from Spanish by Daniel Hahn.

April 2022 – In the Shadow of the Yalı, by Suat Derviş, translated from Turkish by Maureen Freely.

December 2021 – The German Crocodile by leading German literary critic Ijoma Mangold, translated from German by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp.