News – Deep Vellum Publishing http://deepvellum.org Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:32:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Reading List: Pride Month http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/30/reading-list-pride-month/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reading-list-pride-month&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=reading-list-pride-month http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/30/reading-list-pride-month/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:32:11 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6349

Happy Pride from Deep Vellum! To cap off Pride Month, Deep Vellum’s summer marketing interns decided to take a look at the LGBTQ+ books that have stuck with them. Whether through new releases or enduring classics (or, like our own Sphinx, books we hope will grow to be modern classics), the queer canon is a gorgeous, diverse, international, and constantly-growing list that deserves to be explored. Interested in purchasing these books? Head over to our sister bookstore, Deep Vellum Books to order these any many more, so your LGBTQ+ reading list extends just beyond June and into the rest of the year.

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Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima (New Directions, 1958)

Taking place in imperial Japan during World War II, this novel follows Kochan, a man who struggles from birth with his homosexuality. Vivid examinations and plenty of overthinking take place in his mind as he has his first crush, goes to war, and pursues an unfruitful relationship. Mishima’s prose is unsettling and all too real for me at times, reflecting the pervasive struggle in the queer community that we have to “make up” for our differences. Kochan’s self-scrutiny on the conflicting forces of attraction and cultural identity in his life reveal several “masks,” all compelling to explore in order to get closer to an ultimate truth about the self.

 Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques (Verso Books, 2016)

This candid memoir details a British trans woman’s journey leading up to her gender confirmation surgery in 2012. Starting from Jacques’ days in university, readers follow her growth as she gradually transitions while still continuing other everyday affairs. The resulting experiences shed light on the ambiguity that comes with a burgeoning identity, in the workplace, the college, or even among her circle of friends. Particularly interesting to me were the several commentaries woven throughout the memories—on tragic trans representation in film, on the hostile editorials & politics regarding trans women in the ‘90s and ‘00s, and so on. Jacques’ blend of non-fiction provides a more complete picture on the intimacies of self-discovery.

This Way to the Sugar by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014)

In this debut poetry collection, there’s a lingering sense of regret or shame as Nguyen ties in dreary, even gruesome, experiences growing up queer with a disconnect from the family (and with that, a culture). From risky, detrimental sexual encounters to eerie reminders of the constant rotting around us—mold and blowflies and shit—Nguyen uncovers several traumas over the course of his collection, and sometimes it seems, like in “Halloween, 14” or “The Story,” everything at once. This collection surely doesn’t bring the upbeat or liberating connotation that Pride Month takes on, but maybe therein lies the significance, a reminder of the extraordinarily raw and provoking experiences that can shape queerness, or vice versa.

Angels in America by Tony Kushner (Theatre Communications Group, 1992)

Kushner’s play follows several intersecting plots in New York City during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s—a gay couple whose relationship is strained by the syndrome, a closeted married man and his distressed wife, and the infamous, powerful (and also closeted) lawyer Roy Cohn.  Witty and devastating at the same time, the drama that ensues even takes on a mystical element as ghosts and other miraculous events push the characters forward, to realize something or demand more in life. Composed of equal parts corruption & betrayal, resilience & growth, this play goes beyond just HIV/AIDS to show the relationship strains that the queer community as a whole face, and the dynamics between its individual members as we look out for each other.

Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones (Coffee House Press, 2014)

Another poetry collection, Jones consistently backdrops violence against a striking, natural brilliance. Some examples: blows the color of garnet and tasting like ruby, sparrows strangled wishfully for better songs, “a roof [that] has been ripped off and the stars [refusing] / to peel their stares from…bruises.” Addressing the disappointment and pain caused by parents, lovers, and the men who never show up, these poems even feel a little dreamy as rustic visions and rich mythologies carry a distraught elegance through the lines. It’s so alluring and so sad, but among all of this, there’s a growth in the background, culminating in a defiant stance at the conclusion. A great read for Pride Month.

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Sphinx by Anne Garréta (Deep Vellum, 2016)

I hope you don’t think I’m including Garréta’s novel on this list simply because the translation has been published by Deep Vellum, for it deserves so much respect. I found this book by chance when researching possible topics for my undergraduate senior thesis, which I knew would focus on stylistically-interesting, queer literature. Boy, is this spot! On! Garréta’s genderless love story is able to resonate with so many people because of the possibilities it brings up relating to relationships. Its themes are all-encompassing and can resonate with any reader, which is the mark of truly great literature, no? Plus, it’s fun!

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (Vintage International, 1956)

If you’ve gotten this far in life without reading James Baldwin, I IMPLORE you to stop what you’re doing and pick up a copy of this novel. I can’t judge, though, because Baldwin was on my “To be read” list for years, which is really just my way of procrastinating recommendations. Then, my professor gave me her copy to borrow, and I knew it was time to give Baldwin the attention he deserves. This book did not disappoint! It’s moving and relatable and, frankly, should be required reading at this point.

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes (New Directions, 1936)

Nightwood is one of the first lesbian-themed novels I read and immediately surprised me with its content, considering it was published in 1936. I love it because of this fact, and because it’s so interesting stylistically.

Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule (Talon Books, 1964)

Some may recommend The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (the inspiration for the movie Carol) over Jane Rule’s novel, but I will go the alternate route and encourage you to pick up Desert of the Heart to dip your toe into lesbian fiction. I’ll admit I saw the film adaptation first, but the plot was unique enough to pique my interest and investigate whether books will always be better than their movies. Now that I’m on the other side, my hypothesis remains unchallenged.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press, 2019)

Ocean Vuong is one of those writers who has made me love poetry. I first read him in an introductory creative writing class where I treated poems as something to get through instead of something to enjoy. Then we read Vuong’s poem, “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong,” and I realized I’d been experiencing words wrong for most of my life. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel, written as a letter from the main character to his mom. He touches on sexuality, identity, and love through such vivid and heartbreaking experiences, and it feels so relatable. Every phrase is to be savored. You’ll want to finish the book in one night, but I encourage you to restrain yourself so you can meditate on Vuong’s word choice and images.

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Virtual Author Event: Fowzia Karimi & Dima Alzayat in Partnership with White Whale Bookstore http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/23/virtual-author-event-fowzia-karimi-dima-alzayat-in-partnership-with-white-whale-bookstore/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=virtual-author-event-fowzia-karimi-dima-alzayat-in-partnership-with-white-whale-bookstore&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=virtual-author-event-fowzia-karimi-dima-alzayat-in-partnership-with-white-whale-bookstore http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/23/virtual-author-event-fowzia-karimi-dima-alzayat-in-partnership-with-white-whale-bookstore/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 22:58:28 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6322

Join Pittsburgh’s White Whale Bookstore for a virtual event with Deep Vellum author Fowzia Karimi and Two Dollar Radio Author Dima Alzayat.

Above Us the Milky Way is a story about war, immigration, and the remarkable human capacity to create beauty out of horror. As a young family attempts to reconstruct their lives in a new and peaceful country, they are daily drawn back to the first land through remembrance and longing, by news of the continued suffering and loss of loved ones, and by the war dead, who have immigrated and reside with them, haunting their days and illuminating the small joys and wonders offered them by the new land. The novel’s structure is built around the alphabet, twenty-six pieces written in the first person that sketch a through-line of memory for the lives of the five daughters, mother, and father. Ghost stories and fairytales are woven with old family photographs and medieval-style watercolor illuminations to create an origin story of loss and remembrance.

Purchase Fowzia’s book through White Whale Bookstore: http://whitewhalebookstore.com/readytoship/above-us-the-milky-way

Did you miss a virtual event with Deep Vellum? No worries! All virtual events will be uploaded to our website and YouTube for your perusal.

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Deep Vellum Awards 43 Emergency Grants to Texas Writers, Plans for Round Two http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/23/deep-vellum-awards-43-emergency-grants-to-texas-writers-plans-for-round-two/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-awards-43-emergency-grants-to-texas-writers-plans-for-round-two&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-awards-43-emergency-grants-to-texas-writers-plans-for-round-two http://deepvellum.org/2020/06/23/deep-vellum-awards-43-emergency-grants-to-texas-writers-plans-for-round-two/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:20:57 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6320 Green background and image of a book, with text "Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists" across the bottom of the image

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2020
Media Contacts: Will Evans (will@deepvellum.org) and Sara Balabanlilar (sara@deepvellum.org)

Dallas — In response to the economic crisis spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas-based nonprofit publisher Deep Vellum launched an emergency fund for Texas writers last month. Today Deep Vellum announced that it plans to award 43 small grants to writers from around the state in order to help mitigate the devastating effects of the crisis on the literary community in Texas.

Awardees come from across the state and include recipients from rural areas in Central and West Texas and the southern border, as well as from all of Texas’s major metropolitan areas. Awardees include poets, essayists, novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, and children’s book writers, and they publish original work in English and Spanish.

The grants are intended to assist Texas writers with short-term financial needs, and Deep Vellum already has plans to begin fundraising for a second round of the Emergency Fund grant since the economic fallout will continue to negatively impact writers through the rest of 2020 and beyond.

“The data we collected through the online applications,” explained Deep Vellum Executive Director Will Evans, “painted a dire portrait of economic need. 28% of applicants were recently laid off from secondary, non-literary jobs, and a full 50% now earn an annual income of less than $15,000.”

“On the other hand,” Evans continued, “we learned so much about writers across the state—both about their inspiring and creative work and about their resilience. We already knew that Texas writers were some of the most diverse and curious writers on the planet, but the list of publications they sent us in their applications reveals a whole new level of incredible work.”

Along with seed funding from Deep Vellum board member Paul Wingo, the Writers’ League of Texas also donated proceeds from a One Page Salon event they held this month. Executive Director Becka Oliver explained their decision to raise money for the fund: “The Deep Vellum Emergency Fund’s goal to support Texas writers in need aligns perfectly with everything the WLT is about – it was an easy decision to throw our support behind it. This literary community of ours is big and diverse and creative and strong. It’s up to all of us to make sure the most vulnerable among us get through this global crisis and that they are able to continue sharing their stories long after this pandemic has passed. I’m so grateful to the Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for stepping up and to all of the folks who joined us for our One Page Salon fundraising event and added their dollars to this worthy and important effort.”

Contributions can still be made to the Deep Vellum Emergency Fund here. All contributions will now be put toward Round Two, which will open when funds become available. Contact Deep Vellum Development Coordinator Lindsay King at lindsay@deepvellum.org if you would like to discuss other giving options.

Deep Vellum is an independent nonprofit publisher based in Dallas. It was founded in 2013 with the mission to bring the world into conversation through literature. Deep Vellum builds community around the literary arts by hosting conversation-driven events and fosters inclusion in the literary arts by publishing works by writers from around the globe and from its home base in Texas.

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Dallas Publisher Launches Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists http://deepvellum.org/2020/05/13/dallas-publisher-launches-deep-vellum-emergency-fund-for-texas-literary-artists/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dallas-publisher-launches-deep-vellum-emergency-fund-for-texas-literary-artists&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dallas-publisher-launches-deep-vellum-emergency-fund-for-texas-literary-artists http://deepvellum.org/2020/05/13/dallas-publisher-launches-deep-vellum-emergency-fund-for-texas-literary-artists/#respond Wed, 13 May 2020 19:01:36 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=6203
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Dallas — As COVID-19 reshapes the American economy, Texas literary artists are disproportionately impacted by the crisis. Many writers work on a freelance basis and are facing reduced project income or have been laid off. With the publishing and book distribution industries on hold, Texas literary artists are experiencing dire financial insecurity. 

In response to the crisis, Dallas-based nonprofit publisher Deep Vellum is launching the Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists. Deep Vellum Executive Director Will Evans explained, “As a major independent nonprofit publisher in the state of Texas, we believe that it is our responsibility to take care of our artists. We’re stepping up to the plate to support a community that not only encourages empathy and dialogue in normal times but that has been a special source of joy and comfort for the Texas public in recent weeks.” 

Grants will be at least $200 and given to Texas writers who demonstrate financial need. Submission deadline for Round One is June 8, and grants will be given as long as funds last. Grantees will not be under contract to Deep Vellum. Applications can be submitted here.

Deep Vellum board member Paul Wingo has generously donated seed money to launch this campaign. According to Wingo, the fund is one way that members of the Texas community can support each other during this crisis. “Some issues are just so big,” he said, “that it’s hard to wrap your head around how you can actually make a difference. Deep Vellum is doing something simple: directly placing money into the hands of artists who need it the most. It is direct help to those whose paths make them the most vulnerable in difficult times like now. It’s a novel idea, doing the write thing.” Wingo lives in Dallas and is an avid fan of literature and bad puns. 

Contributions can be made here, or individuals can contact Deep Vellum Development Coordinator Lindsay King at lindsay [at] deepvellum [dot] org to discuss other giving options. Donations at any level are accepted. Gifts are 100% tax-deductible, and all funds will go directly to Texas literary artists. 

Reading is buoying up individuals and families across the state as we weather this crisis together – let’s support the artists who make reading possible! 


Deep Vellum is an independent nonprofit publisher based in Dallas. It was founded in 2013 with the mission to bring the world into conversation through literature. Deep Vellum builds community around the literary arts by hosting conversation-driven events and fosters inclusion in the literary arts by publishing works by writers from around the globe and from its home base in Texas. 

Press release has been edited to reflect new submission deadline, changed from June 1 to June 8.

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Digital Care Packages Now Available http://deepvellum.org/2020/03/23/digital-care-packages-now-available/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=digital-care-packages-now-available&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=digital-care-packages-now-available http://deepvellum.org/2020/03/23/digital-care-packages-now-available/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2020 20:08:51 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=5883 Send a care package to yourself, or to loved ones who happen to be outside your social distance-appropriate bubble, without having to go to the post office. 

Deep Vellum is offering themed eBook bundles for purchase on our website. For $20, send four Deep Vellum eBooks to someone who desperately needs a literary virtual hug while they stay at home. Hey, you might be that person. That’s okay too. Bundle themes include:

THE HISTORIAN
Travel through time and space to explore our world’s history through these gorgeous, wildly different novels, moving from a little-known battle on the US-Mexico border in the 1800s to the intertwined lives of three women in Peru during the height of the Shining Path insurgency.

THE TRAVELER
These novels are bound up in travel to new places: the theory behind leaving home, the places one might go, and the reasons why. Through heartache and adventure, these characters explore memory, place, and discovery.

THE MATHEMATICIAN
Take a tour through our catalog of Oulipian authors, loose members of a group who impose structural restrictions on their writing (mathematical, geometric, and beyond) in order to investigate the possibilities of verse.

THE ONE WHO DREAMS OF DIFFERENT WORLDS
These books dream of possibilities untold, speculating on bodies and futures that bend the realms of reality and follow exploration beyond the edges of what we know.

Take a look at our newest bundles below!

WOMEN WRITERS ACROSS THE GLOBE
Only about 3% of books read in the U.S. are in translation, and an even smaller number than that are by women. Deep Vellum’s mission includes championing underrepresented voices. Here, those voices include women from Brazil, Indonesia, Algeria/France, and Denmark. This is only a sampler of the women’s voices in our catalog, which strives for gender parity. Use our Dealer’s Choice pack to purchase more ebooks by women!

MAGICAL REALISM AND MORE
Are you a fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Isabel Allende? These Deep Vellum titles explore magical realist or fabulist themes, inserting surreal elements to reckon with reality. Traditionally, magical realism is rooted in a postcolonial outlook. In our collection below, characters grapple with borders, identity, and cultural history through myth, fantasy, and nightmare.

LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Literature from Latin America has seen a renaissance, thanks to seasoned and creative translators and proliferating independent presses broadening English readers’ horizons. From our very first title to our upcoming seasons, Deep Vellum is determined to publish beloved and up-and-coming authors from south of the U.S. border. Download this bundle to read some of the deeper cuts from Deep Vellum’s Latin American collection.

DEEP VELLUM BESTSELLERS
Since our inception in 2013, Deep Vellum has worked to bring readers the best contemporary international literature. Get to know us through these four bestsellers from our first six years!

DEALER’S CHOICE
Unsure of the above? Tell us a little about the person you’re sending a care package to, and we’ll put together four titles for them. 

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Deep Vellum Approved for Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts http://deepvellum.org/2020/01/15/deep-vellum-approved-for-grant-from-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-approved-for-grant-from-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-approved-for-grant-from-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts http://deepvellum.org/2020/01/15/deep-vellum-approved-for-grant-from-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:02:45 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=5556

Deep Vellum Publishing has been approved for an Art Works grant to support the publication and promotion of books of fiction and poetry. This is Deep Vellum’s first NEA grant.

Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

“We are deeply appreciative of this support from the Arts Endowment and look forward to using this funding to further our mission of sharing international literature,” said Sara Balabanlilar, Marketing & Sales Director of Deep Vellum. “We are proud to be in the company of many other incredible organizations who put in the work and bring the arts to the forefront of our national conversation.”

Supported upcoming Deep Vellum publications include titles by Fowzia Karimi, Taisia Kitaiskaia, and Tatiana Ryckman, as well as work in translation by Märta Tikkanen (Finland), Jessica Schiefauer (Sweden), and Laylâ Erbil (Turkey).

The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.

“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like Deep Vellum Publishing.” 

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Join Deep Vellum for our Sixth Anniversary Party! http://deepvellum.org/2019/12/09/sixth-anniversary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sixth-anniversary&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sixth-anniversary http://deepvellum.org/2019/12/09/sixth-anniversary/#respond Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:39:32 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=5455
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Celebrate Deep Vellum's Sixth Anniversary
Featuring light bites from Break Bread, Break Borders
Beverages sponsored by Four Corners Brewing & Topo Chico

Deep Vellum Books | December 19, 2019 6-9pm

Six years ago, Deep Vellum was born! And five years ago, we published our first title, Texas: The Great Theft by Carmen Boullosa. Deep Vellum has grown tremendously since 2013, amassing three new imprints with a catalog of almost 100 books in over 30 languages.

In celebration of these landmarks, please join us for Deep Vellum’s Anniversary party, to be held at our sister bookstore Deep Vellum Books. Catering will be available (more details to come!) alongside beverages by Four Corners Brewing Co. and Topo Chico USA. Celebrate the books you love, see old friends, and meet new ones.

We will be hosting a raffle the evening of the event, and will have a storewide sale for family and donors. In addition, poet Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi will be creating on-the-spot customized typewritten poems. Take the opportunity this holiday season to become a supporter of Dallas’ nonprofit independent publisher, and support getting great books from across the world into readers’ hands.

This event is free and open to the public.

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North Texas Giving Day 2019 http://deepvellum.org/2019/09/13/north-texas-giving-day-2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=north-texas-giving-day-2019&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=north-texas-giving-day-2019 http://deepvellum.org/2019/09/13/north-texas-giving-day-2019/#respond Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:56:22 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=4971
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It has been a big year for Deep Vellum Publishing. Thanks to our readers and supporters, we have been able to broaden our support of the literary world in Texas and beyond. This year, we acquired two independent presses (A Strange Object and Phoneme), bringing them in as editorial imprints. With these two imprints, our catalog has grown to almost 100 different books written in almost 40 different languages, including those that are indigenous and endangered – and, for the first time, English-language originals as well – including books by Dallas authors!

In addition to broadening our worldwide vision, we’ve been able to bring support back to the local community. We are working on La Reunion Publishing, an imprint devoted to the untold stories of Texas. With this project we will be able to extend support and a publishing network to the incredible writers and thinkers in our own state. Future titles for La Reunion include a gorgeous photographic tour of downtown Dallas through the eyes of a pedestrian, a history of LGTBQ+ Dallas, a “People’s History of Dallas” project, and the first-ever English translation of To Texas! by Victor Considerant, the book that he used to advocate for folks from Europe to join him in moving to “the Promised Land” of Dallas, where he would set up the La Reunion colony, whose legacy is still felt across the city today, and not just in the name of Reunion Tower!

By giving to Deep Vellum during North Texas Giving Day, you’ll help to write the story of Dallas by investing in the evolution of Dallas into a literary hub. You’ll help bring international authors to Dallas to share their culture and creative process with incredible local authors, an exchange of ideas that will do so much to benefit our area’s readers and writers. This year, we’re hosting beloved Korean author Jung Young Moon in North America, where he will be presenting in Dallas and Corsicana (followed by the Texas Book Festival, Toronto International Festival of Authors, and bookstores across the country), and our author Donna Wilhelm will present her transformative memoir A Life of My Own at Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art on December 5th in conversation with Peggy Wallace Kennedy.

Thanks to your gifts, we have been able to organize literary presentations in Dallas and beyond. In the coming year, we will continue to create a network between the world and Dallas as a global city, as we work every day to put our mission into practice by bringing the world into conversation through literature  – bringing the stories of the world to Dallas, and the stories of Dallas to the world. With each new author and initiative, we are able to broaden our community outreach, foster dialogue beyond boundaries, and bring together lovers of words everywhere.

Click here to schedule your donation to Deep Vellum Publishing before midnight on September 18, 2019.

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It’s a #WITmonth Giveaway! http://deepvellum.org/2019/08/02/its-a-witmonth-giveaway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=its-a-witmonth-giveaway&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=its-a-witmonth-giveaway http://deepvellum.org/2019/08/02/its-a-witmonth-giveaway/#respond Fri, 02 Aug 2019 18:35:10 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=4844
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Here it is: our glorious WIT stack. How many of these amazing titles have you read?

Happy August! Or as we like to call it, Women in Translation Month. 2019 marks the sixth year of celebrating books in translation authored/translated by women, an effort begun by Meytal Radzinski. While this celebration comes from a place of great disparity in the industry (less than five percent of books published in the United States are translated; even fewer are by women), we’re always excited to see the initiative come around.

Celebration abounds at Deep Vellum. All titles on our site are 20% off, so this is a perfect time to order the book by Zahia Rahmani or Maria Gabriela Llansol you’ve been eyeing. In addition, we’ll be posting about these titles and more all month long, so sign up for our newsletter and keep checking back.


And finally, The Giveaway:

Hand holds four Deep Vellum titles in front of a backdrop of bookshelves. Left to right: Recitations, by Bae Suah (blue cover with abstract figure in yellow); Blood Sisters, by Kim Yideum (red cover with orange letters, with pink amorphous shapes); Sphinx, by Anne Garreta (pink square on white background with blue text); and Eve Out of Her Ruins, by Ananda Devi (white background with purple, green, and pink shapes).

We will be giving away a copy of these beautiful books to four lucky winners! 

Here’s how to enter:
1. Post a picture of the Deep Vellum book you’d like to win (options are RecitationBlood SistersSphinxand Eve Out of Her Ruins) to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter
2. Tag us
3. Hashtag #WITMonth or #WomenInTranslationMonth

Winners will be announced on August 31!

*To win a physical copy of the title, you must live in the contiguous United States. However, feel free to enter from elsewhere; you will be eligible to win an eBook of the title! 

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Deep Vellum Welcomes A Strange Object, Phoneme Media, and La Reunion http://deepvellum.org/2019/07/17/deep-vellum-welcomes-a-strange-object-phoneme-media-and-la-reunion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-welcomes-a-strange-object-phoneme-media-and-la-reunion&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-vellum-welcomes-a-strange-object-phoneme-media-and-la-reunion http://deepvellum.org/2019/07/17/deep-vellum-welcomes-a-strange-object-phoneme-media-and-la-reunion/#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:50:28 +0000 http://deepvellum.org/?p=4757 Big news! We’re excited to share that we’ve acquired two small publishers: A Strange Object, out of Austin, Texas, and Phoneme Media, out of Los Angeles. These two presses represent singular, incredible visions, and we can’t wait to make them a part of our catalog.

Phoneme has published more than 30 titles in translation ranging from poetry to short stories and graphic novels. Their backlist represents 25 languages and several award-winning titles (including Rilke Shake, 2016 winner of the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award for Poetry). David Shook, editor at Phoneme, will continue to edit titles – two of which will be coming out as a part of our Fall/Winter 2019 season!

Where to Start:

Sara recommends picking up one of Mario Bellatin’s incredible books. Celebrated innovator Bellatin has published dozens of novels with publishing houses throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States. A practicing Sufi, Bellatin currently lives in Mexico City. Try The Large Glass or Jacob the Mutant. Or just wait. Those are only the beginning; several more books of his are already on track to publish with us.

Doesn’t sound right at the moment? Try An Eternity in Tangiers, a Cameroonian-Ivorian graphic novel about the refugee crisis; or the poetry collection Black Flower and Other Zapotec Poems, the first book ever to be translated from Isthmus Zapotec.


A Strange Object has published seven titles dedicated to primarily debut short story collections. These books are experimental, thoughtful, and willing to take incredible risks (plus, the publisher is named after a comment by Texas’ own Donald Barthelme, writer, playwright, and founder of Houston’s creative writing program at the University of Houston). Jill Meyers, editor of A Strange Object, will also continue to work with us to bring out new titles.

Where to Start:

The store favorite at Deep Vellum Books right now is Belly Up, by Rita Bullwinkel. This collection of short stories is grotesque and tender, comprised of characters questioning their bodies, ghosts, mediums, teenage girls who believe they are actually plants, carnivorous churches, and more. Plus, Bullwinkel is an Editor at Large for McSweeney’s.

If you’re looking for something a little different, try The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction, by Michael Noll. Noll is a local to Austin, where he co-runs the Writer’s League of Texas. His Field Guide is an examination of craft from start to finish. This refreshing approach takes a single page from 40 different contemporary books and examines just what makes them work, followed by exercises and prompts that allow the reader to put those techniques to use.


In addition to working with A Strange Object, we’re also expanding our list of English language-authored books with our La Reunion imprint. Starting in 2020, we will be working with Texas-based authors to bring out books that represent the many voices of our state. We’re starting with a memoir by arts philanthropist Donna Wilhelm (A Life of My Own), a book by Dallas activist and performance artist David Marquis, a book of city photos by Zac Crain… And much more.

To order books from any of these imprints, visit our website at www.deepvellum.org.

Folks are talking about us! Read the Publisher’s Weekly article about our acquisitions, the D Magazine article, & the Literary Hub article.

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We are actively seeking underrepresented stories of Texas. If you have pieces of narrative nonfiction along those lines and would like to be a part of La Reunion Publishing, let us know!

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