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Charco Press & the Art of Translation

Translating fiction can be extraordinarily difficult. So how do you find a publisher that guarantees high quality translations with every book?

We’ve all had that experience of reading a book that was apparently wonderful in the original French which then turns out to be disjointed, stilted and sometimes plain weird in the translation!

Translating fiction from other languages while retaining the spirit of the original is one of the toughest challenges out there for a publishing company. Many try but few succeed as consistently as our featured publisher: Charco Press.

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Feminist Book Fortnight

This month at the Golden Hare we are over the moon to be taking part in Feminist Book Fortnight from 16th – 30th June! The first ever nationwide celebration of feminist publishing in the UK set up by our friends at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham, this is set to be a highlight of our 2018! We’re jam-packed with exciting events this month and we are of course bringing you all the best feminist books from our favourite indie presses to celebrate.

 

An extra big shout out goes to BRILLIANT indie publisher And Other Stories, who are publishing only female writers for the whole of 2018 to highlight the ongoing problem of gender inequality in the book trade. We are crazy about their output so far this year: a new collection of rare stories and fragments by cult 1960s author Ann Quin; the first-ever English language translation of an intense and beautiful novel by Swiss-Italian author Fleur Jaeggy; an intriguing, experimental expedition into the unknown by prize-winning Catalan author Alicia Kopf; and a book of short stories shot through with dark humour and satire by American author Christine Schutt. Keep up the amazing work guys!

  

 

Yep, you guessed it – our events have a decidedly feminist flavour this month too! First of all we kick off the Fortnight by welcoming luminous debut author A.J. Pearce to the shop on Monday 18th June to discuss her WW2-based novel Dear Mrs. Bird – a guaranteed heart-warmer with a cracking female protagonist to boot. We follow this up with our Book Group on Tuesday 26th June where we’ll be reading the stunning Women’s Prize shortlisted novel Stay With Me by Nigerian author Ayòbámi Adébáyò – 10% off in the bookshop all month! Finally we round off the celebrations by hosting an evening with Caroline O’Donoghue, who will present her hilarious and timely debut novel Promising Young Women. You can’t say we don’t spoil you…

 

Last but not least, we wanted to give a special mention to our non-fiction Book of the Month, Talking to Women by Nell Dunn. The wonderful feminist publisher Silver Press have unearthed and reissued this previously out-of-print collection of essays written by Nell and her friends about life as a woman in 1964 and it’s a real corker. With a new introduction by favourite-of-the-shop Ali Smith and a beautifully minimalist cover, we can’t get enough of it.

 

Make sure to check out our friends at Lighthouse Bookshop too, who’ve got some amazing events lined up! And if you’re not in Edinburgh, never fear – over 30 bookshops across the UK are taking part in Feminist Book Fortnight so check out the FBF website for more info and a huge list of participating bookshops and events: https://feministbookfortnight.wordpress.com/

 

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An Abundance of Anniversaries

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year, as you may have heard, is the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth! We love her work here at the Golden Hare and our copies of Polygon’s beautiful editions have been selling like hotcakes. At the beginning of April we had a wonderful event with Alan Taylor, Candia McWilliam and Rosemary Goring to discuss Spark’s life and our window is all Sparked up this month.

While we love Muriel, we won’t pretend to be as well-versed in her life as the wonderful experts we had at our event. So, instead of trying to impress you with Spark facts from Google, we thought we would introduce you to some of the other literary anniversaries being celebrated in 2018.

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March Books of the Month

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Birds of America by Mary McCarthy

FICTION

We are, undeniably, living in changing times. The news is full of apocalyptic sentiment and terrifying stories of a world gone mad. It feels like this is the end, that this is the world changing beyond recognition and any sense of idealism is naïve and utopian. No, I am not describing 2018; instead, it is the world that Mary McCarthy paints for us in our fiction choice this month.

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The Golden Hare Reading Challenge 2018 – February

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We don’t like to bring it up, but it’s been a month since people were saying words like “New Year’s” and “resolutions” in the same sentence. Don’t worry, we’re not checking up on your diet. We are, instead, offering you a great way to keep up another resolution you may have made: to read more books! Continue reading The Golden Hare Reading Challenge 2018 – February

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Mother’s Day Book Picks

In honour of MOTHER’S DAY we’ve been doing a daily showcase of
wondrous, inspiring, challenging books by brilliant women.
We don’t believe there’s such a thing as a “mother’s day book”, but Mother’s Day is a pretty great excuse to shower these wonderful women with love – what says ‘I LOVE YOU’ better than a carefully chosen book?