About Us

Open Letter—the University of Rochester's nonprofit, literary translation press—is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers. Publishing ten titles in translation each year and running an online literary website called Three Percent, Open Letter searches for works that are extraordinary and influential, works that we hope will become the classics of tomorrow.

Making world literature available in English is crucial to opening our cultural borders, and its availability plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant book culture. Open Letter strives to cultivate an audience for these works by helping readers discover imaginative, stunning works of fiction and poetry and by creating a constellation of international writing that is engaging, stimulating, and enduring.

News

"Reading the World Conversation Series" Event: March 2, 2016

We've got an great new event here in Rochester, NY, on Wednesday, March 2. The event is free and open to all. Click through for all the details!

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Announcing Our 2016 Spring/Summer Books

Click here to check out the amazing new books in our 2016 spring/summer catalog. (Or click here to view or download a PDF of the full print version of the catalog.)

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