Publisher Spotlight: Open Letter Books

Open Letter—the University of Rochester's nonprofit, literary translation press—is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers. Publishing ten titles in translation each year and running an online literary website called Three Percent, Open Letter searches for works that are extraordinary and influential, works that … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Open Letter Books

Excerpt: The Lustful Youth of Rodrigo Borgia by Elena and Michela Martignoni

1474 I do not appear to be a man of God. My attire—hunting boots, a tunic and heavy belt—does not announce my position within the church and on horseback I resemble a warrior still in his prime. Neither does my face carry the saintly countenance of my uncle, Pope Callixtus III. Indeed, nothing about me … Continue reading Excerpt: The Lustful Youth of Rodrigo Borgia by Elena and Michela Martignoni

Excerpt: Silent Shadows by Sanz Irles

Darkness engulfed the mountain plateau and Aníbal Coloma’s restless sleep. In the bleak and hostile night, terror materialized as two distant points of light. A pair of tired but vigilant eyes caught them as they suddenly appeared, little more than pinpricks, emerging faintly in the dark. The moment he spies them, he tenses and stands … Continue reading Excerpt: Silent Shadows by Sanz Irles

USBBY Outstanding International Title Pick: The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung

Based on the chilling true story of the last execution in Denmark’s history, this award-winning, mesmerizing novel asks a question that plagues a small Danish town: does a fifteen-year-old boy deserve to be put to death? On February 22, 1853, a fifteen-year-old Niels Nelson is prepared to be executed on Gallows Hill. The master carpenter … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Title Pick: The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung

Self-Published Title Pick: Then She was Born by Christiano Gentili

Then She Was Born is more than a novel. It’s an international human rights campaign supported by eleven Nobel Peace Prize laureates, the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis. Based on an inconceivable reality for many in the world today, Then She Was Born combines the drama and redemption of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner with … Continue reading Self-Published Title Pick: Then She was Born by Christiano Gentili

Title Pick: A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska

“Lidija Dimkovska enriches our contemporary museum of literary wonders with her powerful, grotesque, weird details and episodes told within the merry old novelistic tradition.” — Dubravka Ugrešić, author of Baba Laid an Egg A coming-of-age saga of two sisters, with an incredible twist… It is 1984, and twelve-year-old twins Zlata and Srebra live in communist … Continue reading Title Pick: A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska

USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: The Ballad of the Broken Nose by Arne Svingen

From award-winning Norwegian author Arne Svingen comes “an unusually exciting and funny story” (Dagbladet) about a relentlessly positive teenager who uses his love of opera to cope with his less-than-perfect home life. Bart is an eternal optimist. At thirteen years old, he’s had a hard life. But Bart knows that things won’t get any better … Continue reading USBBY Outstanding International Book Pick: The Ballad of the Broken Nose by Arne Svingen

Publisher Spotlight: Plamen Press

Our goal as a small press is to take advantage of new developments in publishing to increase the volume of quality English translations of poetry and prose originating from Central, Eastern, and Southeastern regions of Europe. The book publishing industry has undergone defining changes in the past few years. The introduction of e-books and print-on-demand … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Plamen Press

Review: The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić

About five years ago, an American friend of mine, whose book taste I completely respected, told me about this book. He was so enthusiastic I knew someday I would read it, even though I had never heard of the author, never heard of the book, and knew nothing about Bosnia. I never suspected then, that … Continue reading Review: The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić

Publisher Spotlight: Two Lines Press

Two Lines Press is an award-winning press committed to publishing outstanding literature in translation. With the rich publication history of Two Lines serving as its foundation, Two Lines Press specializes in exceptional new writing and overlooked classics that have not previously been translated into English. With books such as Naja Marie Aidt’s Baboon (translated by … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Two Lines Press