Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Come to Chicago! Buy a book and get a cookie!

My November 27, 2013 post was about Freek Lankhof; a man who served the translation and interpretation profession in the U.S. for over twenty five years with dedication and friendliness. This time, I am writing to thank him for his invaluable services and wish him well as he recently announced that he is closing InTrans Book Service; an announcement that was received with deep sadness by many of us.   

As the annual meeting of the American Translators Association approaches, I cannot help thinking of the fact that our friend Freek would not be in attendance as he had done for so many years. Today, he announced that we will be one of the exhibitors at the upcoming ATA conference in Chicago the first week of November.  He also promised the cookies –his sister Marjan’s famous boterkoek– will be fresh. Yum!
During the ATA conference, Freek will be having a big sale and invites everyone to stop by his booth. He also invites those who will not be in attendance to take advantage of  this bargain on the InTrans Book Service web site. “You will find lots of titles at reduced prices”, and more will be added in the upcoming weeks, he pointed out.  I encourage everybody to support Freek as a way to thank him for his invaluable services.
While I am happy to see Freek in Chicago, I also know that saying goodbye will be hard. Fortunately, there is the certitude that he will soon have more time for one of his favorite activities: hiking.  When I think of that, I envy him.
See you in Chicago!