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Acclaimed translator and poet to read at Sundance Books and Music



What: Translator and poet William O’Daly will read from his eight books of Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda translations and will intersperse some of his own recently published poetry. He’ll discuss the nexus of his translations and his writing practices. The program will conclude with Q&A and book signing.

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

When: Saturday, April 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Praise for William O’Daly:
“O’Daly’s translations achieve a tone that is both meditative and spontaneous.”
—Publishers Weekly
“O’Daly has spent more than 20 years translating Neruda’s late work, and here he brings his awe-inspiring [eight]-volume Copper Canyon project to a conclusion with taut, spare renderings that capture what, in the end, is the hopeful pith of Neruda’s troubled old-age rumination: “The world was finishing us / and we went on losing / winning more each day.” Neruda turned the whole dramatic odyssey of his life into a poem in progress, and O’Daly’s work reminds us how astonished and grateful we should continue to be.”
—Los Angeles Times, Sunday Book Review

About William O’Daly:
William O’Daly is a poet, translator, and fiction writer. His translations include eight books of the poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, all published with Copper Canyon Press. Also with Copper Canyon, he has published a chapbook of his own poems, The Whale in the Web. O’Daly was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry and was profiled on NBC’s The Today Show. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, his poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies. With co-author Han-ping Chin, O’Daly recently completed a historical novel, This Earthly Life, which was awarded as a finalist in Narrative’s 2009 Fall Story Contest. He has received national and regional honors for his literary editing and instructional design.

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