Julie Whites, of Kyoto, Japan, is the recipient of the 2016 Sam Worthington Award for her translation (from Japanese) of Minae MIzumura’s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan.
Julie Whites, an American translator of modern Japanese literature, has translated more than 60 Japanese works of fiction non-fiction, and poetry. Elaine Jolly, former managing editor of Other Press, states that Whites’ “fluid translation provides English-speaking readers the opportunity to understand why Tanaka Mizumura is none of the most important novelists writing in Japan today.”
The Sam Warthington Award is bestowed biennially in even-numbered year for a distinguished book-length literary translation from any language, except German, into English. The award honors distinguished ACTA founding member Sam Worthington (1894-1977). His translations from French drama, fiction, poetry, and scholarship enriched cultural life during the middle decades of the 20th century and are still being read.