31 December 12 | Chad W. Post | Comments

We at Three Percent & Open Letter want to simply say: Thank you.

This will probably be the last message we’ll post about our 2012 Annual Campaign, and we want to use it to let you know that, by participating, you’re making a vital (and tax deductible—TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY TO DO SO, SO DO IT NOW!) gift toward all of the nonprofit publishing, programing, and educational efforts here at Three Percent/Open Letter. And, even more, you’re joining us in helping to diversify our larger literary landscape.

We can’t thank you enough for your shared interest, support, and appreciation of how these many publications and programs make enriching contributions to our culture.

Finally, we have a challenge for all those who haven’t yet contributed: $10. It doesn’t seem like much, but when each of you gives just a little, the total effect is huge. Your gift really does make a outsized impact, far exceeding the simple dollar amount.

And, as a special incentive, 1 in every 10 donors (making a gift of any amount) will receive a free Open Letter book of their choice.

We ask that you’ll please join our campaign by quickly contributing online or by mailing back this flier.

Thanks, again, to all of you this holiday season!

Sincerely,
Chad W. Post
Publisher & Director

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The History of Silence
The History of Silence by Pedro Zarraluki
Reviewed by P. T. Smith

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Flesh-Coloured Dominoes
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Reviewed by P. T. Smith

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Iraqi Nights
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Three-Light Years
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Reviewed by Tiffany Nichols

I would like to pose the argument that it is rare for one to ever come across a truly passive protagonist in a novel. The protagonist (perhaps) of Three Light-Years, Claudio Viberti, is just that—a shy internist who lives in. . .

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The Little Horse
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Reviewed by P. T. Smith

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Guys Like Me
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Reviewed by Peter Biello

We all know Paris, or at least we think we know it. The Eiffel Tower. The Latin Quarter. The Champs-Élysées. The touristy stuff. In Dominique Fabre’s novel, Guys Like Me, we’re shown a different side of Paris: a gray, decaying. . .

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Birth of a Bridge
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Reviewed by Christopher Iacono

One hundred pages into Birth of a Bridge, the prize-winning novel from French writer Maylis de Kerangal, the narrator describes how starting in November, birds come to nest in the wetlands of the fictional city of Coca, California, for three. . .

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