The WESS Scandinavian Discussion Group meeting on 11 January 1998 at ALA Midwinter Conference focused on pooling tips and information regarding the acquisition of Scandinavian books in translation. Many of these titles are published by small presses that fall outside library approval plans and are advertised on a limited basis so that the nonspecialists responsible for Scandinavian acquisitions in most libraries may miss them. The following summary information is intended to inform colleagues who were unable to attend and to serve as a convenient reference guide. It is drawn from presentations by Beau David Case (Ohio State) and Mariann Tiblin (Minnesota) and comments by other attendees.
Scandinavica: an International Journal of Scandinavian Studies, London, New York: Academic Press (ISSN: 0036-5653) - coverage similar to Scandinavian Studies, lists of "new books received."
Times Literary Supplement, London: Times (ISSN: 0040-7895) - useful weekly lists, perhaps one relevant review article per year.
Translation Review, Richardson, TX: American Literary Translators Association (ISSN: 0737-4836) - semiannual publication. Especially useful is its Translation Review Annotated Books Received Supplement with both American and European imprints and particularly good coverage of British presses.
World Literature Today, Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press (ISSN: 0196-3570) - a good English source of reviews on current publication of Nordic literatures, but emphasis is on original languages, not translations.
Nordisk Litteratur: Nordic Literature Magazine, Copenhagen: Nordisk Litteratur- og Bibliotekskomité (ISSN: 0908-079X) - annual; another good source of bilingual articles on the Nordic literatures, but not much about translations.
Suecana Extranea, Stockholm: Kungliga Biblioteket (ISSN: 0039-4599) - annual; lists all Swedish books translated into foreign languages.
Norwegian Literature (annual supplement to The Norseman, Oslo: Dreyer) (ISSN: 0029-1846) - the parent publication is popular level, but the supplement is substantive. Useful survey articles with bibliographies, reports on prizes, long annual list of recently translated titles (not just into English), advertisements for new titles.
Books from Finland, Helsinki: Publishers' Association of Finland (ISSN: 0006-7490), http://renki.helsinki.fi/bff - quarterly; lists books from Finland in translation, and includes informative articles in English, and translations of short stories and poetry.
Scandinavian Review, New York: American Scandinavian Foundation (ISSN: 0098-857X) - popular level, but typically has 3-4 titles briefly described and sometimes an article on an author.
Swedish Book Review, Lampeter, Wales: Swedish-English Literary Translators' Association (ISSN: 0265-8119) - specific emphasis on translations from Swedish to English.
Danish Literary Magazine, Copenhagen: Danish Literature Information Center (ISSN: 0906-5369) - promotes Danish literature throughout the world.