Ivanka HahnenbergerIvanka Hahnenberger, managing director of Ireland-based VIP-Licensing, will visit Grinnell College to give a reading on Wednesday, May 4.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Options and Selections: The Trials of a Translator." It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.

Hahnenberger, who has lived and worked in several countries around the world, now resides in Paris. Her experience spans multiple industries and business types, but always in an international forum. She is experienced in international investment banking, advertising, feature, live broadcast and animation co-productions, digital start-ups, rights management and more.

She also has managed large international divisions, as well as digital start-ups, including one that was sold to Google.

Currently she is managing director of VIP Brands — a licensing company based in Ireland — that focuses on bringing international graphic novels and comics to North America. This project includes translating comics, graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction and much more — including a New York Times bestseller.

Having spent part of her childhood in Switzerland, Hahnenberger has a love for BDs, an abbreviation of bandes dessinées (literally drawn strips) first created for Belgian French audiences. This has led to her dedication to bringing European content to the U.S., which has resulted in the launch of four graphic novel and comic imprints, one publishing company based on European content, as well as two New York Times bestsellers.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Bucksbaum Center for the Arts has accessible parking in the lot behind the building north of Sixth Avenue. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations and Events.

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