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Three Percent Bonus: Charco Press

Founded in 2016 with their first releases coming in late 2017, Charco Press is one of the most recent additions to the growing number of publishing houses focused on literature in translation. And although they’ve established a solid reputation in the UK, they just started distributing their books Stateside in October 2019. Chad talked to co-founders Carolina Orloff and Sam McDowell about their vision for the press, what it’s been like launching a press in Edinburgh, entering the U.S. market, their covers, how they work with authors and translators, and much more.

If you’re a U.S. listener, there are five Charco titles coming out this fall/winter that will be available at better bookstores everywhere:

Die, My Love by Ariana Harwicz, translated from the Spanish by Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff;

Resistance by Julián Fuks, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn;

The President’s Room by Ricardo Romero, translated from the Spanish by Charlotte Coombe;

Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo, translated from the Spanish by Charlotte Coombe; and,

Fireflies by Luis Sagasti, translated from the Spanish by Fionn Petch.

If you’re based in the UK, visit their website and buy all the books

This episode’s music is “You’re in Love with Me” by Car Seat Headrest.

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