The Mexican Consulate in Kansas City provided an appropriate venue. That’s where Margaret Sayers Peden, professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Missouri in Columbia, was scheduled to be honored this past Friday during a reception. The event was part of the 34th annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association, held in Kansas City last week.
Over her career Peden has translated about 65 books from Spanish to English, among them works by Isabel Allende, Carlos Fuentes and others. Last year, Peden’s translation of “Celestina,” by 15th century Spanish author Fernando de Rojas, received the 2010 Lewis Galantiere Translation Prize.