Congratulations to Peter Cole, editor and translator of The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492 – he has just been awarded the 2010 TLS Risa Domb/Porjes Translation Prize!
This award is sponsored by the Porjes Trust in association with the Times Literary Supplement and administered by the Jewish Book Council in conjunction with the Society of Authors. It honors books that provide translations from Hebrew to English of “general interest and literary merit,” according to the Jewish Book Week website. This year marks the fifth triennial prize, awarding the best book published between Janauary 2007 and December 2009, and it comes with a prize of £2,000. Peter Cole was announced the winner in the Times Literary Supplement and awarded the prize at the recent Society of Authors Literary Translation Prize ceremony.
Cole’s book has also received several other accolades, including the 2007 National Jewish Book Award in Poetry and the 2010 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. To see a full list of prizes that The Dream of the Poem has been awarded, click here, and here to see a list of other recent award-winning books from PUP.