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Restless Books is an independent, nonprofit publisher devoted to championing essential voices from unexpected places and vantages, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural borders. We seek extraordinary international literature that feeds our restlessness: our curiosity about the world, passion for other cultures and languages, and eagerness to explore beyond the confines of the familiar. Our books—fiction, narrative nonfiction, journalism, memoirs, travel writing, and young people’s literature—offer readers an expanded understanding of a changing world.
Mission: Restless Books is an independent, nonprofit publisher devoted to championing essential voices from unexpected places and vantages, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural borders. We seek extraordinary international literature that feeds our restlessness: our curiosity about the world, passion for other cultures and languages, and eagerness to explore beyond the confines of the familiar. Our books—fiction, narrative nonfiction, journalism, memoirs, travel writing, and young people’s literature—offer readers an expanded understanding of a changing world.
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The radical, dangerous, and seductive story of Yiddish in America — HOW YIDDISH CHANGED AMERICA AND HOW AMERICA CHANGED YIDDISH is out now! - https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/mermaid-1147405
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Restless Books is an independent, nonprofit publisher devoted to championing essential voices from around the world, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural borders.
Happy pub day to THE MERMAID IN THE BATHTUB! Meet Mr. Whatwilltheysay, a staunchly ordinary young man, and Grain-of-Sand, the blue-haired mermaid who takes up residence in his bathtub. Nautical hijinks ensue 🛁 🐳 By beloved Israeli poet and author Nurit Zarchi, with gorgeous retro illustrations by Rutu Modan, and translated from the Hebrew by Tal Goldfajn 🌊 - https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/mermaid
We are so excited to be announcing that Rajiv Mohabir is the winner of the 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing in Non-Fiction! Mohabir will receive $10,000 and publication of his work, ANTIMAN, with Restless Books.
A multi-genre exploration of sexuality, identity, and belonging, ANTIMAN combines linear prose, various poetic forms, transcriptions of traditional myths, and simultaneous translations of family lore. Tracing his ancestors’ peripatetic, century-plus migrations from rural India to Guyana to Canada and the US, Mohabir examines both the bonds and disconnects between his American identity as a gay poet with the expectations and limitations of his diverse cultural inheritance.
We are pleased to announce the shortlist of finalists for the 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing! Congratulations to Sarah Chaves, Ru Freeman, Rajiv Mohabir, Franc Perdomo, and Junis Sultan!
It seems that with each passing year, the stakes of the debate over immigration and immigrant rights get higher and higher. Since 2016, Restless has been proud to support the voices of immigrants and help some incredible first-generation writers bring their stories to our readers through the Restle
After a year of effort, our trilingual picture book takes the field! ⚽🎉 Daniel and Ismail, a picture book in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, gives you a reading experience like no other. https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/daniel-and-ismail
Read adventurously with Kira Salak—meet cannibals, witch doctors, and more! - today's newsletter. https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/kira-salak-ebooks-release-1147244
Out Today: A Novel of Sex and Shakespeare in the Land of Samba - today's newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/glory-and-its-litany-of-horrors-pubday
Mad kings, flying monkeys, and more irresistible reads for young readers! - https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/mad-kings-flying-monkeys-and-more-irresistible-reads-for-young-readers
Travel the world with our international summer reading list! http://bit.ly/2FOZBfH
Check out this great listen on Audible.com. With the playfulness and ingenuity of Douglas Adams, the Cuban science-fiction master Yoss delivers a space opera of intergalactic proportions with Super Extra Grande, the winner of the 20th annual UPC Science Fiction Award in 2011. In a dist...
Check out 'Classics Behind Bars' and other new programs from Restless - https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/immigrant-writing-prize-updates-1147169
Happy Pride Month!
Another glowing review for THE BODY PAPERS from The New York Times Books! Luis H. Francia writes, "Talusan chronicles that fraught passage from one world, one body, to another, marking with sensitivity how an American life can be both burden and benediction." Check out the full review below and order THE BODY PAPERS on our website with code BUYDIRECT for 15% off your purchase!
Grace Talusan’s “The Body Papers” traces the harrowing challenges she’s faced in both the public and private spheres.
As a taster for Andri Snær Magnason's The Casket of Time, the good folks at Seven Stories Press are giving away a FREE EBOOK of his brilliant sci-fi novel, LOVESTAR! Get your copy while this generous promotion lasts!
Translated by Victoria Cribb 2013 Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation of Excellence LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, te...
Tinder in the End Times: Catch This Month's Live Author Events! - http://eepurl.com/gpYGvD
Tinder in the End Times: Catch this month's live events with @GabrielaWiener, @AndriMagnason & @gtalusan! - https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/the-casket-of-time-1147149
"Talusan moves, sometimes with an associative quality that renders the individual essays surprising, through themes of immigration, abuse, and illness—all of which are a kind of inheritance, a linking to or severing from the past" from Ilana Masad's poignant review of Grace Talusan's THE BODY PAPERS in NYLON. Read the full article below and order THE BODY PAPERS on our website with code BUYDIRECT for 15% off: https://restlessbooks.org/bookstore/the-body-papers
Grace Talusan is honest and elegant about some of life's most difficult moments
A “precise, delicately constructed memoir-in-essays”: Jennifer Szalai raves about Grace Talusan’s THE BODY PAPERS in her The New York Times review! #diversebooks #filipinomemoir
In her memoir-in-essays, Grace Talusan writes about her experience as an immigrant to the United States, her survival of childhood abuse and returning to visit the Philippines, her native country.
Step into an Icelandic adventure of time travel and environmental calamity 🌏⏰ - https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/the-casket-of-time
Congratulations to Shahriar Mandanipour's MOON BROW, translated by Sara Khalili, for making the Best Translated Book Award Longlist for 2019! Purchase this profound work of contemporary Iranian fiction on our website with code BUYDIRECT for 15% off: https://restlessbooks.org/bookstore/moon-brow
The titles vying for this year's best literature in translation hail from 24 different countries, from authors writing in 16 different languages.
Guess which Restless title made Ms. Magazine's list of April Reads for the Rest of Us...Grace Talusan's THE BODY PAPERS! Front and center nonetheless! Check out the article below, and purchase your copy of THE BODY PAPERS on our website with code BUYDIRECT for 15% off: https://restlessbooks.org/bookstore/the-body-papers
Looking for a reading list for the month? Start with these 22 exciting titles from writers living at the intersections.
Happy Pubday to THE CASKET OF TIME by Andri Snær Magnason! Winner of The Icelandic Literary Prize for Children and Young People’s Books, THE CASKET OF TIME is an entrancing adventure tale about the troubled planet of today.
Buy THE CASKET OF TIME on our website with the code BUYDIRECT for 15% off your purchase.
By Andri Snær Magnason Translated from the Icelandic by Björg Arnadóttir and Andrew Cauthery Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers | Ages 10 and up An entrancing adventure for today’s troubled planet, The Casket of Time is a fantastical tale of time travel and environmental cal
Happy Pubday to THE BODY PAPERS by Grace Talusan, the winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing! A breathtaking testament to resilience and the power of storytelling to overcome trauma, Talusan's memoir explores her experiences with childhood abuse, depression, cancer, and life as a Filipino immigrant. Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere, calls THE BODY PAPERS "a stunning work by a powerful new writer who—like the best memoirists—transcends the personal to speak on a universal level."
Buy THE BODY PAPERS on our website with code BUYDIRECT for 15% off your purchase.
By Grace Talusan Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing “Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our trau
"To see every element of our lives (and yes, these are our lives, with only minor differences)—the things we eat, the way we behave towards animals, the way we house and clothe ourselves, the way we worship, speak, make music, treat our children, medicate ourselves, perform the act of love, and wage war—through the eyes of someone to whom all of this is new, constitutes a reevaluation of everything we take for granted. In what ways are we ridiculous, or compassionate, or divine? In what ways are we beastly? Mona Ozouf, president of the Prix Femina jury that awarded its 2016 honor to The Boy, called it, in my imperfect translation, 'a novel about, among other things, the ensavagement of human beings by war, which reminds us that barbarism camps on the borders of the civilized world.'"
Read the rest Julie Orringer's preface to THE BOY by Marcus Malte! You won't want to miss this exceptional translation by Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge of the winner of the prestigious 2016 Prix Femina! Buy THE BOY on our website with code BUYDIRECT for 15% off.
Marcus Malte’s prize-winning novel The Boy , translated from the French by Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge, is a story that forces us to consider what it means to be human. Beginning in 1908, the narrative starts, quite simply, with the boy, a wild child from the forests of Southern France who sets
🇫🇷 Read the French historical epic that "shines a fierce and necessary light on our world" 🇫🇷 - https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/immigrant-writing-prize-updates-1147141
Grace Talusan's THE BODY PAPERS was featured in the Boston Globe! Are you ready for the April 9th release of Grace Talusan's stellar memoir? Pre-order on our website with code BUYDIRECT for 15% off.
Grace Talusan’s new finely-wrought and eloquent memoir is “The Body Papers.”
Check out the Publisher's Weekly book review of THE BOY by Marcus Malte and use code BUYDIRECT for 15% off THE BOY on our website!
Set in early-20th-century France, this novel from Malte (Garden of Love), winner of the Prix Femina, follows a nameless, wordless boy who sets out to embrace humanity after being raised in th
WAMC’s The Book Loft recommends Giacomo Sartori’s I AM GOD, translated by Frederika Randall, as part of their Book Picks of the Week! Their live review was bumped by NPR Special Coverage of President Trump's address to The UN General Assembly; but you can still stream and listen to their review online—
And, join their laughter by finding a copy of Sartori’s diabolical and subversively philosophical comedy from our online bookstore! Make sure to use the code “BUYDIRECT” to get 15% off!
This week, Book Picks was bumped by NPR Special Coverage of President Trump's address to The UN General Assembly. Giovanni Boivin from The Book Loft in
The 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing in Nonfiction submission deadline is less than one week away! Get those last minute submissions in by March 31st for the chance to win $10,000 and publication by Restless Books! Visit our website for the details and guidelines.
The ethos of the modern world is defined by immigrants. To celebrate immigrants' essential contributions to our cultural consciousness, we're proud to present The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, which awards $10,000 and publication to an outstanding debut literary work by a first-gen
Happy pub day to Marcus Malte's THE BOY, translated by Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge and with a preface by Julie Orringer! We are thrilled to share with you this dazzling historical novel and English-language debut of one of France's most acclaimed authors. Winner of the prestigious Prix Femina, THE BOY is one you won't want to miss! Use code BUYDIRECT for 15% off on our website.
By Marcus Malte Translated from the French by Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge With a Preface by Julie Orringer Winner of the prestigious Prix Femina, The Boy is an expansive and entrancing historical novel that follows a nearly feral child from the French countryside as he joins society and plung
Our #ImmigrantWritingPrize deadline is approaching—plus tour dates for Prize-winner Grace Talusan! Today's newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/restlessbooks/immigrant-writing-prize-updates
Dear #booksellers: Nominations are open for indie-publisher backlist portion of the @americanbooksellers’ #IndieNext Summer Reading Group Guide! Please consider voting for Fernanda Torres’ THE END — the hilarious debut novel by renowned Brazilian actress and author, loved by some of our favorite stores. #readinternational #Brazilianbooks #summerreading
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The ABA is working with the Independent Publishers Caucus to feature a selection of backlist titles from independent presses in the Indie Next Summer Reading Group Guide. From the list below, please choose up to 5 titles that you recommend the most and/or have had the most staying power in your stor...
Read an interview with Icelandic writer Andri Snær Magnason, the author of THE CASKET OF TIME, a book about an entrancing adventure for today’s troubled planet, coming out this April:
Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer, born in Reykjavik on the 14th of July 1973. His first children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet won the UKLA Book Award in 2014. Here he talks a…
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Restless Books is an independent, nonprofit publisher devoted to championing essential voices from around the world, whose stories speak to us across linguistic and cultural borders. We seek extraordinary international literature that feeds our restlessness: our hunger for new perspectives, passion for other cultures and languages, and eagerness to explore beyond the confines of the familiar. Our books—fiction, narrative nonfiction, journalism, memoirs, travel writing, and young people’s literature—offer readers an expanded understanding of a changing world.