Mário Ferreira Awards
The Mário Ferreira Award was established to recognize those who made considerable contributions to Portuguese translation within the ATA and specifically within the PLD.
The 2009 recipient of Mario Ferreira Award was announced at PLD Annual Meeting – ATA’s 50th Annual Conference in New York: long-time PLD member Donna Sandin.
To mark its 20th. anniversary, ATA’s Portuguese Language Divsion (PLD) presented Edna Ditaranto with the Mário Ferreira Award at ATA’s 48th Annual Conference in San Francisco. Together with Mário Ferreira, Edna was one of the founders of the PLD in 1987, and served as the division’s administrator for several terms. At the time of the award she was the language chair for the English>Portuguese exam grading team in ATA’s Certification Program.
Clifford E. Landers
Cliff Landers was recognized for his contribution as a translator of Brazilian Literature. Clifford E. Landers is professor of Political Science at New Jersey City University. His translations from Brazilian Portuguese include novels by Rubem Fonseca, Jorge Amado, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Patrícia Melo, Jô Soares, Chico Buarque, Paulo Coelho, Marcos Rey and José de Alencar, and shorter fiction by Lima Barreto, Osman Lins, Moacyr Scliar and Rachel de Queiroz.
Murilo was a very well known Brazilian actor and TV/Radio personality. Among the many roles he performed during his professional life, Murilo was the translator of the 1987 and 1988 Miss Universe pageant. Murilo passed away in 2001.