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July 15 @ 4:00 pm
Summer Book Club Mixer: An Afternoon with Michael Reynolds and Emily Cook
An exclusive event with Michael Reynolds from Europa Editions, and Emily Cook from Canongate. Michael and Emily will pull back the curtain and share what goes on behind-the-scenes at small indie publishers, how international presses must finesse their books for U.S. readers, and what upcoming books will be hot must-reads! You will be wined & dined…or, perhaps offered some Italian limoncello and other clever book-themed treats. Ticket required.
Europa Editions Is Coming to Town!
Michael Reynolds, Editor in Chief of renowned independent publisher, Europa Editions, will be speaking at Books & Books on Sunday, July 15, 4pm.
Since its first published book, Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment, Europa Editions has grown to become one of America’s most esteemed 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 (soon to be an HBO series), 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.
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 is also co-founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American book world and the international book community. He was born in Australia and now lives in New York.
At this event, Reynolds will recount the compelling and often bizarre story of Europa’s founding and its first decade and a half in business. The talk will give a behind-the-scenes look at the world of publishing and translation and at how certain of Europa’s best-known titles came to the press and made their way to publication and onward to bestsellerdom. Reynolds will also give a sneak preview of forthcoming titles from the press. This is an ideal event for fiction and mystery readers of all types, book club leaders, translators, aspiring authors, and Italophiles!
Michael Reynolds is the Editor in chief of independent publisher, Europa Editions. He is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing, awarded by the Community of Literary and Magazine Presses, and a 2017 Epiphany Magazine Honoree for Publishing Excellence. 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 also a member of the Rutgers University Press Advisory Council, and is the co-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.
Authors Reynolds has worked with at Europa include Alina Bronsky, Amelie Nothomb, Elena Ferrante, Chantel Acevedo, Charlotte Wood, Julie Lekstrom Himes, Hiromi Kawakami, Nick Arvin, and Alexander Maksik. He is also an author and a translator whose published translations include three historical mysteries by Carlo Lucarelli, and Viola Di Grado’s prize-winning novel, 70% Acrylic 30% Wool.
Reynolds was born in Australia and now lives in New York.
Emily Cook writes about culture and the arts and co-runs a U.S. publishing office for international publishers (including Canongate, Scribe, Greystone Books, Icon Books and Coach House Books—which was co-founded by Michael Ondaatje). She’s working on a book about race relations in the U.S. during the 1980’s. She never leaves home without exceptional lipstick and a really fat novel.
There are so many amazing books to add to your fall lists! Come learn about bathroom politics (past, present, future); Edinburgh in the 1840’s; a young scientist who became father to seven geese—he also has two human children—and how he teaches them to fly. What is it like to lose your hearing in your 20’s, only to regain it ten years later? Or to be a female painter during the heyday of the surrealist movement in Paris and decide to abandon your post as muse to focus on your own art? Or sink into a modern day fable, about a girl & a snake—one writer’s homage to The Little Prince.