Meet the Translator: Jenni Salmi

  • 11/19/2020
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • Online with Folio

NOTIS's Northwest Literary Translators and Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum have teamed up to organize a series of lectures by local literary translators about their published books. Tonight's speaker is Seattle translator and NOTIS member Jenni Salmi, discussing her translation of Marko Hautala's novel Black Tongue from Finnish. All are welcome! NOTIS members: register using the Member option for discounted admission.

The Black Tongue is Finnish horror and suspense author Marko Hautala’s first novel in the English language market. It combines cultural anthropology and sociology together with Lovecraftian unknowable horrors to create an unsettling atmosphere that makes you want to look twice when you spot an odd-shaped burl on a tree or hear an urban legend that you’ve previously dismissed as a silly story. It asks the question: what if urban legends are the true cautionary tales of our modern era, even when they involve a murderous granny who keeps a small community in check with her hatchet? 

Jenni Salmi likes to describe herself as an all-around language nerd: she gained her Master’s in English literature in Joensuu (“Yo-enh-soo”), Finland, whilst teaching Finnish as a Second Language for immigrants and exchange students, and English for graduate students. In her free time she has freelanced as a software and hardware localizer.




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