Alex Zucker

Bio: Alex Zucker's first visit to Czechoslovakia was in 1987. He was inspired to translate by Peter Kussi, his Czech instructor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where in 1990 he received a master's degree. From 1990 to 1995 he lived in Prague. City Sister Silver, his translation of Jáchym Topol's first novel, was selected for the guide 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. All This Belongs to Me, his translation of Petra Hůlová's first novel, received the National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association. He currently works for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, a not-for-profit organization for genocide prevention.

Events: Day of Translation (2018)


Mary Kay Zuravleff

Bio: Mary Kay Zuravleff is the award-winning author of American Ending, inspired by both her grandmothers and her coal-mining grandfathers. Her third novel, Man Alive!, a Washington Post Notable Book, was praised by People magazine for its "impressive intelligence and sly humor," and the New York Times called her second, The Bowl Is Already Broken, "a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world's bickering and scheming." She is the recipient of the American Academy of Art's Rosenthal Award, the James Jones First Novel Award, and multiple Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts. She has taught writing at American University, the Chautauqua Institution, Johns Hopkins and George Mason Universities, and she has written and edited extensively for the Smithsonian. Her essays and short stories have appeared in such venues as The Daily Beast, American Short Fiction, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, This Is What America Looks Like, and Why I Like This Story. She was born in Syracuse, New York, raised in Oklahoma City, educated in Houston and Baltimore, and has made Washington, DC, her home.

Events: Researching the Past for the Present