Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from the Arabic and Executive Director of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).
Her work has been nominated for the TA First Translation Prize and Best Translated Book Award, and supported by the Jan Michalski Foundation, the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, and several English PEN Translates Awards.
Her book-length translations include The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (Melville House), Thirteen Months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun (Comma Press), and The Apartment in Bab el-Louk by Donia Maher (Darf Publishers). Titles published in 2020 include The Frightened Ones by Dima Wannous (Harvill Secker/Knopf) and Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (Fitzcarraldo/New Directions).
Elisabeth has taught translation at Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, among other places, and was a judge for the 2019 National Book Award in Translated Literature.
She has a MA from Columbia University, a BA from Swarthmore College, and was a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. She is also a member of the translators' collective Cedilla & Co.
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