Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Interview of Chad Post (Open Letter Books)

Check out the interview of Chad Post over at Omnivoracious, Amazon's book blog. Post is the director of Open Letter Books, the University of Rochester’s new non-profit publishing house for works in translation. In typical fashion, Post is fairly optimistic about the future of international literature in the U.S.:
[M]ost people--reviewers, bookstores, other publishers--have a built-in idea that “international literature doesn’t sell.” This really isn’t true. Readers are interested in books from other countries ....
[N]owadays, as compared to six years ago, [book reviewers are] aware of international fiction and the lack of coverage given to it. At least there’s a dialogue and general appreciation ....
I loved Open Letter's newest publication: The Taker and Other Stories by Rubem Fonseca and scored it 4.5 out of 5. See my review here.

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