New Books, New Press
It's unusual for an American publisher to focus on books in translation. There are all kinds of concerns: too risky, there's not much money to be made, readers, critics, and bookstores don't care, etc. Russell Valentino is doing it anyway. The new press is called Autumn Hill Books, and their first release is a novel by Bosnian writer Igor Stiks, translated by Valentino and Tomislav Kuzmanovic. A Castle in Romania will be followed by Vassilis Alexakis' Foreign Words (translated from French by Alyson Waters) and The Silence of the Sufi by Sabit Madaliev (translated from Russian by Russell Valentino). Being based in Iowa City, Autumn Hill Books has links to the University of Iowa.