Independent Charco Press is to publish a limited number of its titles in both English and Spanish language editions, exclusively in the US, Canada and the UK.
Beginning in autumn 2021 with the October publication of Fernanda Trías’ The Rooftop/La Azotea, the press says it will expand the availability of original language contemporary Latin American literature. The move demonstrates the publisher’s commitment to, and expansion of, its North American operations, a market Charco entered in late 2019.
Charco co-founder and editorial director Carolina Orloff said: “This single step advances two of Charco’s core visions: firstly to make the voices of our incredible authors accessible to as many readers as we are able, and secondly to knock down barriers between languages and societies. Publishing our authors in both English and Spanish acknowledges the demographics of North America, and allows us to reach more readers, in the language they prefer to read.”
Trías’ work will be followed in November by a Spanish edition og Karla Suárez’s Havana Year Zero (Habana Año Cero), just published in the UK. Future titles for simultaneous bilingual publication include Luis Sagasti’s A Musical Offering/Una Ofrenda, and work from Booker International Prize finalist Gabriela Cabezón Cámara.
Both Spanish and English editions will be distributed by Inpress Books in the UK, and by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution in North America.
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