A Visit To Europa Editions, NYC
Europa Editions is an independent publisher of quality fiction. The company was founded in 2005 by Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri, who are also the owners and publishers of the Italian press, Edizioni E/O. The idea behind the creation of Europa Editions was to capitalize on Edizioni E/O’s deep roots in European publishing to bring fresh international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards. The Europa catalog is eclectic, reflecting the founders’ belief that dialogue between nations and cultures is of vital importance and that this exchange is facilitated by literature chosen not only for its ability to entertain and fascinate but also to inform and enlighten.
We caught a rare glimpse of the Europa Editions office in New York City. It is light-filled and boasts the many titles they have been proud to publish. The editor-in-chief, Michael Reynolds, warmly welcomed us and introduced us to his small but mighty team. We previously had a short chat with Michael, you can read the interview here!
We had initially planned to do a video walk-through of the office but as we've learnt through our short time here, New York is never done with construction! So we asked everyone on the Europa Editions team to pick their favourite book. And it was evidently very difficult to choose since they have so many good books!
Rachael: I know exactly which book to pick! It’s Disoriental by Negar Djavadi. It's a coming-of-age novel and tracks the protagonist as she recalls her experience of emigrating from Iran to France while sitting in a fertility clinic, waiting for her appointment. Disoriental revolves around family lore, national politics, and personal history and it is a book I think everyone should read.
Edoardo: Hmm, I’m going to go with Ties by Domenico Starnone. I read this book very recently and also got to meet the author when he came to our office for an event! The book revolves around the ties between the people we call family, the unexpected ways that people interact with us and influence our lives. Even though the subject matter is very everyday, the book is very gripping.
Kathy: I just joined Europa a few months ago and of course I’ve been reading our latest releases but I really wanted to get to know the books that have really resonated with our readers, namely My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and The Elegance Of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. These books have really travelled the world! They have not only sold well in their native languages and countries, but also when translated to other languages. At Europa, we want to foster a global readership and these books have been markers of our success.
Michael: Oh, so hard to choose. I’ll pick The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami but let’s take the photo with all my other favourite books in the background! We’ve published authors from over 30 countries but none were from East Asia and that pressure of needing to find an author from East Asia was really weighing down on me! It’s difficult, of course, because we don’t have any readers / editors who are fluent in Japanese but this book came to us already translated to English. It’s quirky and whimsical, typical of what readers can expect with a Japanese novel, but it is also very plot-driven. It’s cliché but also breaks the cliché.
BooksActually would like to thank the team at Europa Editions and Ingram Content Group for this rare opportunity! We are proud to say that we have books by Europa Editions on our shelves. Come by the store to check out the collection!