Each year the Adomo Druktenio Award is given to the most significant and artistic Lithuanian translation for teens. This year the recipient is Viltarė Urbaitė, for her translation of Memory of Water. Congratulations!
I still dream of the island.
I sometimes approach it across water, but more often through air, like a bird, with a great wind under my wings. The shores rise rain-coloured on the horizon of sleep, and in their quiet circle the buildings: the houses grown along the canals, the workshops of inkmasters, the low-ceilinged taverns. The House of Words looks inward behind its high walls. Threads knotted into mazes run in all directions from the House of Webs, and air gondolas are suspended on their cables, dead weights above the streets.
At the centre of the island stands the Tower, smooth and blind. A sun of stone glows grey light at the pinnacle, spreading its sharp ray-fingers. Fires like fish-scales flicker in the windows. Sea is all around, and the air will carry me no longer.
The Weaver is out November 1st in the US.
On Tuesday, December 12th 2017 the Creative Writing Reading Series of Kent University invites Emmi to the stage. Emmi graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at Kent in 2010. There will be reading, books, and refreshments. The location is Keynes SCR, and the time is 6:00PM.
The Lithuanian translation of Emmi’s debut novel, Vandens skonis, is coming out in early December, and Emmi will be there for a brief visit to see it off. You can meet her at a book club event that the publisher, Nieko Rimto, is arranging on December 7th from 18.00 to 19.00, at Gedimino prospektas 2, Vilna. Here is a Facebook page about the event.