Jonathan Kaplansky

Jonathan Kaplansky

Phone 1 : 514-907-4564

City : Montreal
Province : QC
Country : Canada

Membership category : Full member

About / Bio

Jonathan Kaplansky received his BA from Tufts University, including courses at the Université de Paris III, and completed an MA in French Language and Literature at McGill University and an MA in Translation at the University of Ottawa. He won a French Voices Award to translate Annie Ernaux’s Things Seen (La vie extérieure) for the University of Nebraska Press. He has also translated works by Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, Lise Tremblay, John Porter, Hélène Dorion, Hélène Rioux, Étienne Beaulieu and Simon Brault, and recently translated the libretto / surtitles for a new opera by Hélène Dorion and Marie-Claire Blais: Yourcenar: une île de passions. He lives in Montreal.

Awards & Distinctions

French Voices Award (Cultural Services of the French Embassy In New York)
Jury member: Governor General’s Literary Awards for Translation, French to English, 2003, 2021.
Jury member: John Glassco Translation Prize, 2009, 2010, 2018.


    French -> English

Literary Types

  • Non fiction
  • Children's / YA Literature
  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Dubbing or Subtitling

Selected Bibliography

  • Jonathan Bécotte. Like a Hurricane (Comme un ouragan), Victoria: Orca Books (forthcoming).
  • Hélène Rioux, The End of the World is Elsewhere (Le Bout du monde existe ailleurs). Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2022.
  • Henri Ellenberger. Ethnopsychiatry: critical edition by Emmanuel Delille (Ethno-psychiatrie). Montreal / Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020.
  • Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, The Cry of Vertières: Liberation, Memory, and the Beginning of Haiti (L’armée indigene : La défaite de Napoléon en Haïti). Montreal / Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020,
  • Lise Tremblay, Chemin Saint-Paul (Chemin Saint-Paul). Toronto: Quattro, 2018.
  • John Porter, Raymond Brousseau and Inuit Art: The Remarkable Journey of an Artist and Collector (Raymond Brousseau et l’art inuit). Montreal: Varia / Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2018.
  • Étienne Beaulieu, Too Much Light for Samuel Gaska ( Trop de lumière pour Samuel Gaska). Toronto: Quattro, 2016.
  • Lise Gauvin, Fugitives (Fugitives). Victoria: Ekstasis, 2015.
  • Michel Cormier, The Legacy of Tiananmen Square (Les Héritiers de Tiananmen). Fredericton: Goose Lane, 2013.
  • Annie Ernaux, Things Seen (La vie extérieure). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010.

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