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

Open Letter's 10-Year Anniversary Fundraiser Is Live!

As part of the Open Letter community, we know that you're passionate about experiencing great works of world literature.

You can help us to expand our mission with a donation to Open Letter. Your support will allow us to reach even more readers with new, incredible works of literature.

Your support is what has made the last ten years possible. It's thanks to readers like you that we've been able to publish almost 100 works of international literature, launch the Three Percent website, create the Best Translated Book Award, the Translation Database, and the Reading the World Conversation Series, and offer internships to dozens of young translators. All of which has played a significant role in raising the awareness and appreciation of the art and craft of translation. 

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"Bardo or Not Bardo" Wins Inaugural Albertine Prize

We are equally proud and thrilled to share that our Bardo or Not Bardo by Antoine Volodine, trans. from the French by J. T. Mahany, was announced the winner of the inaugural Albertine Prize!

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"Chronicle of the Murdered House" Wins 2017 BTBA for Fiction

We are proud and thrilled to share that Open Letter's Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lúcio Cardoso, trans. from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa and Robin Patterson, was named the 2017 Best Translated Book Award winner for the fiction category! The winners were announced on May 4th, simultaneously at a live event at The Folly in NYC, and online at The Millions.

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