As summer starts to wind down, Deep Vellum starts winding up for the fall! We have a lot of exciting happenings coming up in the next few months, including tours with our amazing authors, North Texas Giving Day, the official Grand Opening of Deep Vellum Books, and publication of our 20th (!!!) book!
We’ve just sent out our eighteenth and nineteenth books to subscribers, Before by Carmen Boullosa, who authored Texas: The Great Theft, Deep Vellum’s first EVER publication, and Eve Out of Her Ruins, an award-winning novel by Mauritian writer Ananda Devi, who is coming to the states in September for a two-week tour (see below for dates).
August is Women In Translation month!
Part of Deep Vellum’s mission, from the beginning, has been to publish an equal number of women and men writers, and we are proud to say that by the close of 2016, we’ll have published eleven women and nine men, with more on the way in 2017!
To celebrate, we’re offering a 20% discount through August 31 on all of our books written by women! Want to build your #WITmonth reading list? Check out the books Deep Vellum and friends recommend HERE!
Thanks to our friends for including Deep Vellum books as part of their Women in Translation month display!
Our Twentieth Book!
Our twentieth book, What Are the Blind Men Dreaming, by Brazilian author Noemi Jaffe, is slated for release in late September. This is a profoundly moving work, meaningful and unique in its narrative identity as told through the voices of three generations of women—Noemi’s mother, Lida Cartum, who wrote a diary after liberation, journeying from Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen through her status as a refugee in Sweden through her return home to Yugoslavia; the second section is by Noemi, the daughter, reflecting on her mother’s diary and tracing her footsteps through Auschwitz, considering the power of memory and survival; and then Noemi’s daughter, Lida’s granddaughter, reflecting on what it means to be the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor in Brazil seventy years later.
We couldn’t imagine a more powerful book to mark our twentieth release, and are beyond honored to have the opportunity to publish this important work in English! And stay tuned for more information on Noemi’s upcoming US tour this fall!!
North Texas Giving Day!
North Texas Giving Day, powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 22! You can make a donation to Deep Vellum Publishing by visiting NorthTexasGivingDay.org between 6am—midnight to help Deep Vellum continue and enhance its mission to bring incredible literature from around the world to English-language readers while providing educational opportunities for translation students and growing the North Texas literary community! We rely on the generous support of our readers and fans—we do this for you and cannot do this without you! Let’s make this year our best yet!
And, don’t forget, you can make a donation at any time directly to Deep Vellum Publishing by visiting deepvellum.org/donate. Donations are what allow us work hard every day to bring you the best in translated literature, and your support means the world to us (literally)!
Deep Vellum Publishing is thrilled to be joining the Public Library Association’s Global Literature in Libraries (GLLI)! GLLI is a new initiative spearheaded by translators and advocates for translation, established with the goal of increasing awareness of international literature within the library community, with a special emphasis on contemporary fiction. We’re happy to be among the list of publishers actively promoting and publishing excellent works from around the globe while supporting a strong and vibrant literary community!
Upcoming Author Tours & Events
Mark your calendars–our sister bookstore Deep Vellum Books will host their official Grand Opening party in September! Check deepvellum.com for more info!!
Erica Mena & Will Evans at Deep Vellum Books!
August 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and Deep Vellum Books invite you to join us for a reading of Featherbone and Fardwor, Russia! Stay for a conversation about what we write, what we translate, and what we publish.
At Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce St, Dallas TX
Ananda Devi, sponsored by the French Embassy
September 18, Brooklyn: Brooklyn Book Festival
September 19, NYC: Columbia University and Maison Française
September 21-22, Boston: Harvard University & Boston University
September 26, Austin: University of Texas Austin & Malvern Books
September 27, Houston: Awty International School & Brazos Bookstore
September 28, Dallas-Fort Worth: Texas Christian University & The Wild Detectives
September 29, Dallas: University of Texas at Dallas & Deep Vellum Books
September 17, Brooklyn: Brooklyn Book Festival
September 19, NYC: Scandinavia House
September 21, Brooklyn: Community Bookstore
September 23, Rochester: NOX
September 24, Chicago: Seminary Co-Op
September 26, Houston: Brazos Bookstore
September 27, Dallas: Deep Vellum Books
September 29, Portland: Powell’s Books on Hawthorne
October 4, San Francisco: Green Apple Books
November 2, Houston: Brazos Bookstore
November 3, Dallas: Deep Vellum Books
November 4, Dallas: Southern Methodist University
November 5-6, Austin: Texas Book Festival
November 8, New York: McNally Jackson
November 9-10, Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University
Check out the latest reviews!
- Before by Carmen Boullosa included in BBC’s “10 Books to Read in August”: “In its first English translation, Before offers a perfect introduction to Boullosa’s fluid and powerful writing.”
- Seeing Red reviewed in the Los Angeles Times by Charlotte Whittle (4-23-16): “Meruane’s authorial gaze is unflinching… Seeing Red becomes a searing commentary on the limits of family relationships and the cruelty that, under duress, we are capable of exerting on those we love.”
- Texas, The Great Theft included in London Review Bookshop’s “Women in Translation Month: Fiction” list
- Literary Hub’s 20 Writers from Around the World on the Olympics includes Lina Meruane (Chile) and Fouad Laroui (Morocco)
- One Hundred Twenty-One Days reviewed by Scott Esposito for The Times Literary Supplement:
“Polymorphous and fluid, the book considers how our lives find their shape, and which details are amenable to history’s telling.”
- Before reviewed in VERTIGO:
“the return to childhood that Carmen Boullosa has given us feels unlike any other book that I have read. I can’t say enough about Boullosa’s incandescent writing, which glows from within, radiating possibilities, contradictions, ambiguities.”
- Sphinx has been included as one of BookRiot’s 100 Must-Read Books Translated from French!
- Check out Bookwitty’s interview with author Faoud Laroui and translator Emma Ramadan, discussing his book The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers!
- New York Journal of Books reviews The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers:
“Laroui casts his eye on this dour political legacy with the scalpel-like precision of a social satirist. His strategy doesn’t involve humorless sermonizing or a frontal assault on Morocco’s tragic human rights legacy. Instead, he approaches crab-wise, creating a common meeting place for absurd arguments and demented histories. The argumentative friends who meet at the Café de l’Univers give the café a zany energy. Imagine the Algonquin Roundtable populated only by the Marx Brothers.”
- Review of Sergio Pitol’s The Art of Flight in On Art & Aesthetics:
“The Art of Flight is a book bursting with energy and curiosity. It is a collection of observations, set of diaries, travelogue and much more. It defies categorisation and cannot be summarised. Only experienced.”
- Asymptote’s Review of Vaseline Buddha:
“For those willing to adapt to the rhythm of Jung’s anecdotes, there is pleasure to be had from absorbing the narrator’s ambivalent musings on the nature of reality.”
- Entertaining and thoughtful interview with Ilja Leonard Pfeijfer, author of Voroshilovgrad on LitHub
Deep Vellum books coming soon:
- Noemi Jaffe: What are the Blind Men Dreaming? – September 20, 2016
(translated from the Brazilian Portuguese by Julia Sanches and from the Serbo-Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac)
- Eduardo Rabasa: A Zero-Sum Game – October 11, 2016
(translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney)
- Carmen Boullosa: Heavens on Earth – December 13, 2016
(translated from the Spanish by Shelby Vincent)
- Bae Suah: Recitation – January 10, 2017
(translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith)
- Josefine Klougart: On Darkness – February 14, 2017
(translated from the Danish by Martin Aitkin)
- Sergio Pitol: The Magician of Vienna – February 14, 2017
(translated from the Spanish by George Henson)
- Jón Gnarr: The Outlaw – March 14, 2017
(translated from the Icelandic by Lytton Smith)