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Phyllis Aronoff

Email : paronoff@alterego.montreal.qc.ca


Phone 1 : 514-276-7429


Address : 5922, rue Jeanne-Mance

City : Montreal

Province : QC

Zip Code : H2V 4K8

Country : Canada



Membership category : Full member


Languages

  • French -> English

About / Bio

Born and bred in Montreal and educated at McGill, UQAM and Concordia (MA in English literature), I translate fiction, non-fiction and poetry from French to English, working solo or with co-translator Howard Scott. My most recent translations include Black Thursday, a memoir by French journalist Maurice Rajsfus, and Message Sticks, poems by the Innu writer Joséphine Bacon, and, with Howard Scott, Madeleine Gagnon’s As Always: Memoir of a Life in Writing, the latest of four books by Gagnon that we have translated together. My other translations include novels by Stéphane Bourguignon and Hélène Vachon, poetry by Kim Doré and conversations between Victor-Lévy Beaulieu and Margaret Atwood (all co-translated by Howard Scott), as well as stories by Naïm Kattan. I would be happy to provide a complete list of my publications on request. My literary interests are wide-ranging and I love the challenge each new book brings. The Wanderer, my translation of La Québécoite, by Régine Robin, won a Jewish Literary Award, and The Great Peace of Montreal of 1701, by Gilles Havard, co-translated with Howard Scott, won a Quebec Writers' Federation Translation Award; other translations by Howard Scott and me have graced several shortlists. I have served as president of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and sat on the Public Lending Right Commission of Canada.

Selected Bibliography

  • Madeleine Gagnon, "Against the Wind", translation of "Le vent majeur", co-translation with Howard Scott, Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2012
  • Olivier Fillieule and Danielle Tartakowsky, "Demonstrations", translation of "La Manifestation", co-translation with Howard Scott, Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2013
  • Melissa Blais, "I Hate Feminists!", translation of "J'haïs les féministes", co-translation with Howard Scott, Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2014
  • Hélène Vachon, "A Matter of Gravity", translation of "Attraction terrestre", co-translation with Howard Scott, Talonbooks, 2014
  • Hélène Vachon, "Lashing Skies", translation of "Ciel à outrances", co-translation with Howard Scott, Ekstasis Editions, 2014
  • Madeleine Gagnon, "As Always: A Memoir of a Life in Waiting", translation of "Depuis toujours", co-translation with Howard Scott, Vancouver, Talonbooks, 2015
  • Christian Vandendorpe, "From Papyrus to Hypertext: An Essay on the Evolution of Text and Reading", translation of "Du Papyrus à l'hypertexte", co-translation with Howard Scott. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, forthcoming
  • Stéphane Bourguignon, "A Slight Case of Fatigue", translation of "Un Peu de fatigue", co-translation with Howard Scott, Vancouver, Talon Books, 2008
  • Madeleine Gagnon, "My Name is Bosnia", translation of "Je m'appelle Bosnia", co-translation with Howard Scott, Vancouver, Talon Books, 2006
  • Jacques Galinier, "The World Below: Body and Cosmos in Otomí Indian Ritual", translation of "La Moitié du monde", co-translation with Howard Scott, Boulder, University Press of Colorado, 2004

Awards & Distinctions

1998 Jewish Book Award for fiction for "The Wanderer", her translation of "La Québécoite" by Régine Robin
2001 Quebec Writers' Federation Translation Award for "The Great Peace of Montreal of 1701" , her co-translation with Howard Scott of "La Grande Paix de Montréal de 1701" by Gilles Havard