Welcome to the online home of Rochester-based French-to-English literary translator Allison M. Charette. I focus on fiction and creative non-fiction from France and Madagascar. In addition, I provide other creative translation services, specializing in humanitarian aid, journalism, and marketing. I also edit and proofread translated texts from a variety of fields.
I helped to found the Emerging Literary Translators' Network in America. More info at ELTNA.org.
I am currently the Mentorship Program Director for the American Literary Translators Association, and have previously served on the Board as the Program Committee Chair. There's also a first-timers guide for attending the annual ALTA conference on the organization's blog.
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April 10, 2018: If there's an awards season for books, it's in full swing: the Best Translated Book Award longlists were announced this morning, and Naivo's Beyond the Rice Fields is on the fiction list!
March 1, 2018: The first excerpt of Michèle Rakotoson's Lalana has been published in English as part of EuropeNow's special feature, Beyond Eurafrica: Encounters in a Globalized World. More to come! Much more . . .
February 14, 2018: Happy Valentine's Day! I love Madagascar. Here's an interview on Three Percent about Beyond the Rice Fields.
December 15, 2017: I'm interviewed over on the NEA blog about Lalana and all things Madagascar. Check it out!
November 16, 2017: I'm honored to have been chosen for an NEA Fellowship in Literary Translation for 2018. I'll be working on Michèle Rakotoson's novel, Lalana. Ready for round 2, Madagascar??
November 10, 2017: We're such smarty pants! The American Scholar's podcast interviewed Naivo and I as part of their translation episode.
November 2, 2017: Naivo talks with Tracy O'Neill at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn for the launch event for Beyond the Rice Fields!
October 31, 2017: Happy pub day to Beyond the Rice Fields!!!
October 23, 2017: Amalia Gladhart wrote another really excellent advance review for Beyond the Rice Fields, in Necessary Fiction.
October 1, 2017: The first review! Naivo's Beyond the Rice Fields is reviewed in Words Without Borders. I think they like us.
September 12, 2017: Sneak peek! Naivo's Beyond the Rice Fields is being published next month. For now, get another taste of the novel in the Online Exclusives of Two Lines 27, where Tsito tells the story of How to Become a Devoted Slave.
September 1, 2017: Happy pub day to I Never Talk About It, a collection of short stories by Véronique Côté and Steve Gagnon that was "unprudishly" translated by me . . . and translated in many other ways by 36 other translators! A very clever project, out now from QC Fiction.
May, 2017: Corporeal, an International Exquisite Corpse: a five-part story stitched together by five authors and five translators from all different languages. All this and more in the Spring/Summer '17 issue of SLICE magazine.
February 10, 2017: Women in Translation has a flash-freeze survey, a snapshot of things at the beginning of 2017. Here's mine.
January 4, 2017: Happy New Year from the New York Times! I translated a piece by Elise Turcotte in the Travel section to convince readers how wonderful Canada is to visit.
November 9 - 20, 2016: Naivo and I are honored to be in residence at the Translation Lab at the OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. We're revising Beyond the Rice Fields, which will be the first novel from Madagascar translated into English, forthcoming next fall from Restless Books.
October 6 - 9, 2016: Another year, another wonderful ALTA conference. Hello, Oakland!
October 1, 2016: In honor of Halloween this month, Words Without Borders has a collection of ghost stories, including Johary Ravaloson's truly spooky "Water in the Rice Fields up to My Knees!" Another Madagascar translation out in the world!
July 1, 2016: Words Without Borders prints another translation of mine, but it's from Brazil this time. Hubert Tézenas' "Quipapá Gold" is part of their issue looking at the Olympic host nation beyond what's currently happening in Rio.
February 16, 2016: Back in NYC to talk about Breaking In (to the house of literary translation), a Bridge Series event at the Center for Fiction co-hosted by the PEN Translation Committee.
February 15, 2016: More translations of Malagasy literature! Tupelo Quarterly publishes an excerpt of Johary Ravaloson's Les larmes d'Ietsé in TQ9, filled with sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll -- although way more of the first two.
December 16, 2015: Another translation of Malagasy literature has hit this interwebs! This time, it's on a podcast -- The Other Stories podcast, to be precise -- where I read Bao Ralambo's 1969, followed by a rich discussion with host Ilana Masad about Madagascar and its literature.
December 14, 2015: Albertine Books, my favorite bookstore in NYC (I'm biased because I speak French), co-hosts a wonderful event with Words Without Borders. "The Conspiracists" celebrates Malagasy literature with special guests Naivo and myself being interviewed by editor Eric Becker, followed by extremely danceable music by Malagasy singer Razia Said. Madagascar's here to stay, folks!
December 1, 2015: Lots of Malagasy literature is finally out in English translation. I guest-edited the December issue of Words Without Borders, which has nine (nine!) translations from French- and Malagasy-language literature from my favorite island country. Go check it out -- it's online and free!
November 24, 2015: Apparently, I'm Madagascar's Literary Ambassador. Broadly says so. Ilana Masad interviewed me all about Malagasy literature for the Vice channel online.