ASPP-funded translation receives Governor General’s Literary Award

November 18, 2014
Jessica Clark, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to congratulate Peter Feldstein, winner of this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for French-to-English Translation. He is recognized for his translation of Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography by François-Marc Gagnon, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. This book was supported in part by a Translation Grant from the Federation’s Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP).

The GG’s award committee had this to say about the book: “Peter Feldstein’s translation of Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography is a masterful, fluid, luminous, accurate and exhaustively researched work. His translation is a tour de force that breathes new life into François-Marc Gagnon’s groundbreaking biography of this major Quebec artist. An astonishing accomplishment.”

The Federation is very happy to see an ASPP-funded translation acknowledged in this way. It highlights both the necessity and the desire to make Canadian scholarship available in both official languages. Translation is a vital way to encourage cultural and scholarly exchange, and to help Canadians access and understand the insights of the diverse cultural and linguistic groups that make up our country. Encouraging this sort of understanding and exchange lies at the heart of the humanities and social sciences, and we are grateful for the opportunities to support translations of important scholarly books through the ASPP.

Bravo Peter et François-Marc – merci beaucoup!

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) is a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences. Through this program, the Federation offers five Translation Grants of $12,000 every year, in addition to 180 Publication Grants of $8,000.

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