Canelo acquires digital translated fiction publisher

Canelo acquires digital translated fiction publisher

Canelo is to take over Berlin-based translated fiction publisher Frisch & Co.

Digital publisher Frisch & Co. will become wholly-owned by Canelo as an imprint of the digital publisher from June this year. Founded in 2012 by American publisher EJ van Lanen and based in Berlin, the company has published 13 books in translation.

Canelo said it will take over the existing titles and bring new ones to market.

Works signed to date include C​rime Novel​ by Petri Tamminen, A​ Tabby­cat’s Tale​ by Han Dong, Family Heirlooms b​y Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares and the forthcoming post­apocalyptic novel, E​verything There Was ​by Hanna Bervoets. Frisch & Co. has worked closely on these and other books with some of the world’s best publishers including Suhrkamp Verlag, Companhia das Letras, Atlas Contact and Editorial Anagrama.

Van Lanen said: “It's incredibly gratifying to become part of the Canelo family. Joining Canelo's impressive list, and benefitting from its experienced and expert team, presents all kinds of exciting opportunities for our author and translators. For e-books, the future is now, and Canelo is at the vanguard of the market, developing exciting new ways of introducing books to readers and building new audiences. It's really the perfect home for Frisch & Co.”

Michael Bhaskar, publishing director of Canelo, added: “As everyone knows, translated fiction has finally found its place in English language markets. EJ has built an extraordinarily high quality and distinctive list by any standard, translated or otherwise, working with a truly outstanding roster of authors, translators and publishers from around the world. We want to take these wonderful, original, eclectic, innovative voices to the wide English-­speaking audience they deserve.”