It’s time for the annual London Book Fair. I don’t think I can go this year, but I urge those of you in the UK who can to do so. There are plenty of translation events (many organized by the BCLT), and it’s always great to meet fellow translators, writers, editors, publishers, and others.
Another thing I like about events such as the LBF is how you can almost do an ethnographic study there. The different countries (and different publishers and organizations) have very different stands, and the stands often reflect their culture. It’s fascinating to go talk to people from, say, Saudi Arabia, then Nigeria, then China, then Finland, then Mexico, and so on. It’s almost like travelling the world in just a few hours.