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International Writing Program alums named finalists for award

Authors will take part in Iowa City Book Festival today

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University of Iowa International Writing Program alumnae Anja Kampmann and Pilar Quintana, along with their translators Anne Posten and Lisa Dillman, were named as finalists in the National Book Award for Translated Literature category of the 2020 National Book Award competition of the National Book Foundation.

Winners will be announced Nov. 18.

Author Kampmann, who was a Max Kade Fellow in the 2010 IWP fall residency, is a poet and critic based in Leipzig, Germany. “High as the Waters Rise,” Posten’s translation from Kampmann’s German debut novel, “Wie hoch die Wasser steigen,” was published this year by Catapult.

Colombian novelist Quintana who participated in the 2011 IWP fall residency is the author of three previous novels. The Spanish-language original, “La Perra” (2017) won her several national awards in Colombia. Dillman’s translation, “The Bitch,” was published by World Editions this year. Since 2019, Quintana has collaborated with the IWP as a mentor in the IWP’s Women’s Creative Mentorship project, which seeks to support and promote young female writers in Latin America and Africa.

Both novelists and their translators will participate in a panel conversation Saturday at the online Iowa City Book Festival, which can be viewed online this year for free (www.iowacitybookfestival.org) and runs through Oct. 16.

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