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.


Not Even the Dead Tour!

Join us in celebrating the publication of Not Even the Dead by Juan Goméz Bárcena, translated from the Spanish by Katie Whittemore at these events:

Monday, October 16, 7pm
Brookline Booksmith (Boston, MA)
Juan Goméz Bárcena & Katie Whittemore in Conversation
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Thursday, October 19, 7pm
BookEater (Rochester, NY)
Celebrate 15 years of Open Letter with readings, Q&A, and food!
Saturday, October 21, 7pm
Exile in Bookville (Chicago, IL)
Reading & Q&A with Juan Goméz Bárcena & Katie Whittemore
Introduction by Chad W. Post

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Sunday, October 22, 5:30pm
The Wild Detectives (Dallas, TX)
Reading & Conversation with Juan Goméz Bárcena & Katie Whittemore
Moderated by Chad W. Post

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40% off for Women in Translation Month

Women in Translation Month is always an exciting time to discover, read, discuss, and celebrate books by women from around the world. It was created by Meytal Radzinski back in 2014, and has since spawned numerous articles, events, and even the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.

We've decided to offer a 40% discount on all Open Letter titles written by women, along with any book translated by a woman, for the whole month of August. Discount applied AUTOMATICALLY at checkout.

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Announcing our 2019 Fall/Winter Titles


Our 2019 Fall/Winter books are now available for perusal and preorder! Featuring new work from Open Letter favorites Quim Monzó, Mercè Rodoreda, and Sergio Chejfec, the second part of Rodrigo Fresán's barn-busting trilogy, Israeli novelist and translator Michal Ben-Naftali, and brand spanking new translations of Rainer Maria Rilke.

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