Phyllis Aronoff translates fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from French, solo or with co-translator Howard Scott, with whom she won the Governor General’s Award for translation in 2018 for Descent Into Darkness by Edem Awumey. Among her recent translations is Message Sticks by Innu poet Joséphine Bacon.
In addition to literature, she has translated widely in the humanities. The Wanderer, her translation of La Québécoite by Régine Robin, received the Jewish Book Award for fiction in 1998.
Her co-translations with Scott include four books by Madeleine Gagnon and Two Solicitudes, conversations between Victor-Lévy Beaulieu and Margaret Atwood. Aronoff and Scott received the Québec Writers’ Federation Translation Award (2002) for The Great Peace of Montreal of 1701 by Gilles Havard. Several of their translations have been finalists for various other awards.