Nanette McGuinness, Translator

ATHENA Translations & Voiceovers

Nanette McGuinness

Award-winning opera singer, translator, and podcast host Nanette McGuinness has translated over 100 books and graphic novels for children and adults from French, Italian, German and Spanish into English, including the much-loved Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels, as well as Tiki: A Very Ruff Year (nominated for the 2023 Eisner and Harvey Awards) and Alice on the Run: One Child's Journey Through the Rwandan Civil War (2023 GLLI YA Translated Book Prize Honor Book, 2023 Mosaic Prize winner, 2023 Excellence in Graphic Literature Finalist and 2023 Harvey Award nominee). Accolades have also gone to her translations of Magical History Tour: Vikings and of Magical History Tour: Gandhi (both 2023 Excellence in Graphic Literature Finalists), Luisa: Now and Then (2019 Stonewall Honor Book; 2020 GLLI YA Translated Honor Book; YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2019) and California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas (2018 Harvey Award; YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2018). McGuinness spoke French before English as a young child, studied Latin in junior high and high school as well as Spanish and German in college—the latter again for her doctoral studies—learned Italian as a young singer, and studied Czech, Hungarian, and Portuguese privately for performing and/or recording. To date, she has performed on two continents in over 25 operatic roles and in 13 languages—Auvergnat, Basque, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Yiddish.

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