Just 100 Miles Across: Puerto Rico’s Place in the World of Children’s Books — By Mimi Rankin

This month we will be taking in and discussing some of the literature of the island of Puerto Rico, whose beautiful prose is matched by the strength of its people’s character. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Puerto Ricans are American citizens.   This is the mantra I repeated on social … Continue reading Just 100 Miles Across: Puerto Rico’s Place in the World of Children’s Books — By Mimi Rankin

Reclaiming Medusa: Short Stories By Contemporary Puerto Rican Women

A spinster whose body is wrecked with a mysterious growth carefully crafts porcelain dolls to send as wedding presents. Letters, both published and private, threaten to unravel a ballerina’s life and career. A wife struggles free of a crippling affliction, only to be silenced as soon as she succeeds. A young girl’s suppressed desire leads … Continue reading Reclaiming Medusa: Short Stories By Contemporary Puerto Rican Women

The Beautiful Contradictions of Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan

This month we will be taking in and discussing some of the literature of the island of Puerto Rico, whose beautiful prose is matched by the strength of its people’s character. Rarely have I come across a novel so masterfully layered as Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan. Like the movements of its ballet prima … Continue reading The Beautiful Contradictions of Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan

Publisher Spotlight: Europa Editions

How does one properly introduce a publisher with a far-reaching reputation for excellence like Europa Editions? In 2013, Europa Editions co-founder Sandro Ferri told an Italian media source that the press was “born with the intention to create bridges between cultures.” This concise mission statement is more than aspirational: it’s Europa’s modus operandi, one that … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Europa Editions

The Anthropological Fantasy of Nahoko Uehashi’s Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

  Rain came down in a sudden torrent one day when I was staying in Osaka, Japan, a common occurrence during the rainy season. Lacking any other immediate options, I dashed to cover, where I planned to whittle away the following few hours in a bookstore cozily nestled inside a train station. As I perused … Continue reading The Anthropological Fantasy of Nahoko Uehashi’s Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Publisher Spotlight: Open Letter Books

It is well-known in American global literature communities that less than three percent of U.S. books are translations. For whatever reason, there aren’t many publishers willing to work in literary translation. It’s rarer still to find presses that exclusively release international literature for English-reading audiences. Sadly, there is only a handful operating in the States. … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Open Letter Books

Publisher Spotlight: Balestier Press

Earlier this year, literary translator Nicky Harman shared her top ten list of English-language translations from China. This list of fiction, children’s books and nonfiction titles began with one of Harman’s own translation projects, The Chilli Bean Paste Clan written by Yan Ge. I’d previously glimpsed this Sichuan family drama in a few online book … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Balestier Press

Publisher Spotlight: Oneworld Publications + Rock the Boat

It may only be August, but Oneworld Publications is already on lists. Awards lists, that is. It’s hard to keep track of the London-based independent publisher’s 2018 nominations. Luckily, the “News” section of their website documents each shortlist, finalist, and honoree. The page’s most recent announcements show that the Spanish-to-English translation of Fever Dream won … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Oneworld Publications + Rock the Boat

Publisher Spotlight: Tilted Axis Press

There’s little doubt that three-year-old Tilted Axis Press is here to bring radical international content to English-reading audiences. The UK-based publisher is exclusively dedicated to global titles “that might not otherwise make it into English”, and derives its name from a desire to always be “tilting the axis of world literature from the centre to … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Tilted Axis Press

Publisher Spotlight: Portobello Books

  Things have been busy at Portobello Books. The young indie will turn thirteen this year, and what a decade-plus it’s been. Their staff acquisitioned A-list catalogs, added to their international literary prize lists, and adopted sister imprints, Granta Books and Granta Magazine, all since opening its doors in 2005. Through the press continues to … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Portobello Books