LTAC member Lazer Lederhendler has won the 2016 Governor General’s award for The Party Wall, his translation of Catherine Leroux’s Le mur mitoyen, published by Biblioasis. Lederhendler’s translation was also shortlisted for the 2016 Giller Prize.
The jury stated: “In The Party Wall, his masterly translation of Catherine Leroux’s Le mur mitoyen, Lazer Lederhendler deftly captures the spirit, meaning, and emotional punch of the French text. Writing with grace and imagination, he creates a compelling work of art while serving and respecting the original.”
Lederhendler’s work has earned him many distinctions, including the GG for his translation of Nikolski (2008), originally written by Nicolas Dickner, as well as the translation Cole Prize awarded by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. His translations have been shortlisted seven times for the Governor General’s Award.
A full-time translator specializing in contemporary Québécois fiction and non-fiction, his work has introduced English-language readers to a new generation of talented, innovative writers. Lazer Lederhendler is based in Montreal.