Budapest-born translator Marietta Morry and Ottawa editor-translator Lynda Muir have been named winners of this year’s John Glassco Prize, administered by the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada.
The prize honours a Canadian’s first book-length work of literary translation into French or English.
The duo is recognized for their translation of Holocaust survivor Anna Molnár Hegedűs’s 1945 title As the Lilacs Bloomed, which was also awarded a gold medal at the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The jury – comprising LTAC members Sonya Malaborza, Jessica Moore, Katarina Peters, and Rachel Martinez – noted the “creativity and rigour” necessary to translate such a challenging work. This is the first year the prize has been awarded for a work translated from Hungarian.
Morry and Muir were honoured at a gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of LTAC in Montreal on Sept. 27.