From Our Staff | November 12, 2012

On Friday November 16th, in cooperation with the Department of English and the Department of Romantic Language, The Missouri Review is hosting a reception in honor of translator Petch Peden, celebrating her recent acceptance of the Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation from the PEN American  Center. Hooray, Petch!

From the Director of Communication at Mizzou:

Margaret Sayers “Petch” Peden, professor emerita of Spanish and the University of Missouri, has received the Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation from the PEN American Center. Named in honor of U.S. translator Ralph Manheim, this literary award is given every three years to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work. The medal is awarded in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the field of literary translation.

“I was thrilled to find out I received this award,” says Peden. “I can’t think of anything I would rather win.”

“Since 1968, Peden has translated sixty-five books from Spanish to English and is considered one of the leading translators of her time. She won the biannual 2010 Lewis Galantiere Translation Prize form the American Translator Association for Celestina.

“The Ralph Manheim medal is one of many awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centers around the world. The PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the major American literary prizes.”

Peden received her award in October. If you’re in the Columbia area next Friday, you should join us. This event is free and open to the public, and you’re welcome to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. The reception is at the Cast Gallery, in the Museum of Art and Archaeology here at the University of Missouri in Pickard Hall. The event will be from 6 to 800 pm. We hope to see you there!

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