Europa Editions

February 26, 2009

Nice writeup in the New York Times on Europa Editions, which made a splash last year with Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Their recent success, despite the fact they only publish literary translations, stands in stark contrast to current conditions in most of the American publishing industry.

Some larger publishers are starting to envy Europa’s selection and its frankly retro publishing model. Mr. Carroll “finds things, picks things up for a little bit of money and makes a lot out of them,” said Jonathan Galassi, publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. “Most of publishing was once that way. It wasn’t about big money so much. He’s sort of preserving the old values of it’s-all-about-the-book and connecting the book with readers.”

It’s all about the book, huh? Amazing that this appears to be a revelation.

-ar

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