Deep Vellum Publishing Wed, 13 May 2020 19:34:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dallas Publisher Launches Deep Vellum Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists Wed, 13 May 2020 19:01:36 +0000
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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 1, 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. 

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Digital Care Packages Now Available Mon, 23 Mar 2020 20:08:51 +0000 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:

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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 Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:02:45 +0000

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! Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:39:32 +0000
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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 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:56:22 +0000
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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! Fri, 02 Aug 2019 18:35:10 +0000
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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 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:50:28 +0000 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

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

Keep abreast of Deep Vellum news by signing up for our e-newsletter and checking in with us on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter.

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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ÖRÆFI A BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD FINALIST!!! Thu, 23 May 2019 22:31:14 +0000

Ófeigur Sigurdsson’s Öræfi: The Wasteland, translated from Icelandic by Lytton Smith, is a Best Translated Book Award finalist!!! The winner will be announced at the New York Rights Fair on Wednesday, May 29th. At 4:15 is a panel “International Literature: Promoting and Finding Audiences. Afterwards, at 5:00, the winner will be announced, with a $2,000 prize for each winning author and translator, followed by a reception.

Check out this piece on “Why Öræfi: The Wasteland Should Win the BTBA” by award judge Keaton Patterson, who is also a bookseller at our home-away-from-home in Houston, Brazos Bookstore!

“Why should Ófeigur Sigurðsson’s ÖræfiThe Wasteland win the 2019 Best Translated Book Award for fiction? To start, it’ll be easier to go over all the reasons it shouldn’t win. It’s too absurd. Too funny. Too outlandish. Too wrapped up in the mythology of its own making. There’s too much about Viking sagas, penis amputation, Icelandic goats, natural disasters, and most importantly it goes on and on about the virtues of death metal. All of this is couched in a complex, densely nested narrative structure that removes the reader from the truth by no fewer than three degrees. But all these reasons are actually beside the point. Öræfi should win the 2019 BTBA, because it really just doesn’t give a fuck whether it wins or not. It is a novel that exists solely by its own volition. It is a fictional force of nature that claimed every single literary award Iceland—quite possibly the most literary country per capita on the planet—has to offer. ORAEFI plays by its own rules, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Sigurdsson didn’t so much as write it as divine it out of the cold northern ether. Quite simply, Öræfi is.”

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