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George L. Newman


george @ georgenewman.com · 540·903·9931

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Work experience

Freelance copy editor and proofreader of trade books for adults, young adults, and middle graders, 2005-present; freelance indexer, 2016-present (see Reedsy profile for examples)

Copy editor, The Free Lance-Star, daily newspaper in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1999–2012: copyedited local and wire-service stories; marked proof pages for final edits, layout, formatting.

Freelance translator, French to English, 1993–2000: nonfiction trade books, children's books, patents, regulations, corporate and personal documents

Office manager, The River's End, 1991–93: custom architectural millwork and cabinetry

Supervisor/lead carpenter, Shibley, Ehman Co., 1984–90: restoration and preservation of historic buildings, commercial and residential construction and renovation

General contractor, residential remodeling and restoration, 1976–83


Long involvement with local environmental organizations; served on Stafford County (Virginia) Wetlands Board and Rappahannock State Scenic River Advisory Board

Areas of particular expertise / interest

Architecture, building construction, woodworking
Environment, especially freshwater wetland and aquatic systems, associated land-use and regulatory issues
Natural history, farming, gardening, forestry, beekeeping

Professional and academic credentials

Certified (French to English), American Translators Association
Graduate Certificate in Translation, George Mason University, 1992
B.A. in French, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1966

Trade book translations

Khansari, Mehdi, M.R. Moghtader, and Minouch Yavari. The Persian Garden: Echoes of Paradise. Washington: Mage, 1998.

[Cover photo of 'The Beautiful Days of My Youth'] Novac, Ana. The Beautiful Days of My Youth: My Six Months in Auschwitz and Plaszow. New York: Holt, 1997.

“Piercingly acute prose . . . [Novac] writes with merciless clarity and a shrewd, practiced eye for detail.” (Publishers Weekly Best Books of '97)

“Searing and emotionally exhausting” (VOYA)

“A brilliant, literary memoir” (School Library Journal)

The Normandy Diary of Marie-Louise Osmont: 1940-1944. New York: Random House/Discovery Channel Press, 1994.

“A record for which there is no equivalent for the battle of Normandy, and very few from the whole history of warfare” (from the introduction by military historian John Keegan)

Khansari, Mehdi, and Minouch Yavari. The Persian Bazaar: Veiled Space of Desire. Washington: Mage, 1993.

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