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Translator Nanette McGuinness will present at SCBWI Summer Conference 2015 in Los Angeles. Her session will be the first translation session at an annual conference, reflecting the new translator member category in SCBWI!

The Art and Business of Translation
Nanette McGuinness, Translator
11:15 a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

SCBWI Summer Conference 2015 information and registration:

Nanette McGuinness is translator of two dozen books for children and young adults, including the popular Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series, Dinosaurs Graphic Novels, Thea Stilton Graphic Novels, and the recently-released middle grade novels Mystery of the Scarlet Rose (Sherlock, Lupin & Me, #3) and Map of the Passages (Enchanted Emporium, #3). Upcoming in 2015 are: The Cathedral of Fear (Sherlock, Lupin, and Me #4); The Thief of Mirrors (Enchanted Emporium #4); Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel #16: Lights, Camera, Stilton!; Dinosaurs 3D; and Dinosaurs Graphic Novels #4: Sea Monsters. Nanette is an award-winning opera singer, translator, and author who has performed in ten languages on two continents.  Visit

Avery Fischer Udagawa
SCBWI International Translator Coordinator
SCBWI Japan Translator Coordinator

Translator Ginny Tapley Takemori will speak at an event held by SCBWI Japan on June 20, 2015, in Tokyo.

Tapley Takemori will discuss two children’s books she translated from Japanese into English, both of which are due out from Pushkin Children’s Press this year: The Whale That Fell In Love With a Submarine by Akiyuki Nosaka and The Secret of the Blue Glass by Tomiko Inui. Both titles explore sobering themes of war, suffering and loss though intriguing characters: a whale who courts a military submarine, a mother who becomes a kite, a family of Little People who sleep in cigarette boxes and craft their shoes out of book jackets. Takemori will describe how she came to translate the two books and discuss some specific translation issues that she grappled with in the process.

Akiyuki Nosaka (b. 1930) lost his mother at birth and his adoptive parents at age 14 in the US bombing of Kobe. A former Diet member, he has authored nearly 100 books including Grave of the Fireflies, animated by Studio Ghibli.

Tomiko Inui (1924–2002) worked as a preschool teacher before becoming an editor and acclaimed author of children’s books. For over two decades she ran the Musika Library, a project to provide books directly to children.

Ginny Tapley Takemori is a British translator based in rural Ibaraki, who has translated fiction by more than a dozen early modern and contemporary Japanese writers. Her book translations for adults include The Isle of South Kamui and Other Stories by Kyotaro Nishimura and Puppet Master by Miyuki Miyabe, as well as From the Fatherland with Love by Ryu Murakami, co-translated with Ralph McCarthy and Charles De Wolf. Her fiction translations have appeared in Granta, Words Without Borders, and a number of anthologies. She has also translated non-fiction books about Japanese art, theater, and history, and worked as an editor of translated fiction, nonfiction, and illustrated books at Kodansha International. Earlier on, she worked in Spain as a foreign rights literary agent and freelance translator from Spanish and Catalan.

Avery Fischer Udagawa
SCBWI International Translator Coordinator
SCBWI Japan Translator Coordinator
Computer, Web & Tech Discussions / Re: iPad Magic!
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Book Talk / Re: Re: Whatcha reading?
« Last post by rab on Today at 06:53 PM »
Loved Jandy Nelson's I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. Fascinating structure with two narrators, boy and girl twins. The boy narrates from age 13, the girl from age 16, the chapters interspersed with each other. The voices are so compelling and individual. Some of the situations should have felt contrived, but they didn't because the writing was so convincing.
Junie B Jones
Thanks, Diana. I'll have to check that one out. 
Christine, I'm so glad Catwings is not OOP and I'm totally jealous that you have a signed copy of Wayside!!!

Computer, Web & Tech Discussions / Re: iPad Magic!
« Last post by Pons on Today at 02:13 PM »
Very cool, Verla.  :dancer
Computer, Web & Tech Discussions / Re: iPad Magic!
« Last post by Kell on Today at 01:29 PM »
My husband just told me about that one the other day! It didn't work in my case (maybe I hit something else first?), but I felt much better.
I haven't read it in a while so I don't remember the exact structure, but I think maybe BOOT AND SHOE by Marla Frazee?
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