Since publishing its first title, Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment, in 2005 Europa Editions has grown to become one of America’s most esteemed and fastest growing independent publishers. Founded by two trailblazing Italian publishers, Sandro Ferri and Alessandra Ozzola, Europa is known for its distinctive and irresistible design and for its pioneering work publishing writers from around the world. Publishers of bestsellers like The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, and Jane Gardam’s Old Filth trilogy, Europa’s track record of success and its reputation for quality have combined to make the company one of the leaders in the indie press renaissance.
At this event, Reynolds will recount the story of Europa’s founding and its inspiring, sometimes bizarre first fifteen years in business. The talk will give a behind-the-scenes look at the world of publishing and literary translation. Reynolds will recount the stories of how Europa’s best-known titles came to the press and made their way to publication and onward to bestsellerdom, and give a sneak preview of forthcoming titles from the press. He will also address the press’s broader mission of publishing international and diverse voices during a time of political crisis.
This is an ideal event for readers of all types, book club leaders, translators, aspiring authors and translators, and anyone interested in international literary voices.
An editor at Europa since the company’s inception, Michael Reynolds has been the Editor in Chief since 2008. He is a translator, an author, the recipient of the 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing, and a 2017 Epiphany Magazine Honoree for excellence in publishing. He has served on the jury for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, the Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators, and the foreign jury of the Strega Prize. He is a regular speaker at the Columbia School of Journalism’s Columbia Publishing Course, and at publishing and translation conferences in America and internationally. He is a member of the Rutgers University Press Advisory Council, a founding member of the Independent Publisher Caucus Steering Committee, and the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry. He was born in Australia and now lives in New York.
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