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On Elena Ferrante: Ann Goldstein, Roxana Robinson, and Stacey D'Erasmo

Tuesday September 16, 2014
07:00 pm

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Elena Ferrante's translator Ann Goldstein and novelists Stacey D'Erasmo and Roxana Robinson talked about their passion for the acclaimed Italian writer and about her newest book, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

 

Click here to read Roxana Robinson's review on Ferrante's latest book.

 

Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, The Lost Daughter, and, in her series of Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name. Book three in the series, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, will be published in September 2014.

 

Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. She has translated works by, among others, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alessandro Baricco, Romano Bilenchi, and Elena Ferrante, including My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name, the first two volumes of Ferrante’s Neapolitan trilogy. She is currently editing the Complete Works of Primo Levi in English, and has been the recipient of a PEN Renato Poggioli translation award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 

Roxana Robinson is the author of Summer Light, This is My Daughter, Sweetwater, Cost, and Sparta; as well as three collections of short stories; and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bookforum, and Vogue, among other publications. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. Ms. Robinson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is the president of the Authors Guild. She was a finalist for the NBCC Nona Balakian Award. Sparta won the Maine Fiction Award, and the James Webb Award from the USMC. She divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and Maine.

 

Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, The Sky Below, and Wonderland, and the nonfiction book The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between. She is a former Stegner Fellow, the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, and the winner of an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Review, Bookforum, The New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University.