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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.

05/17/2019
A Filipino-American Memoir of Racism, Abuse and Heartbreak

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 ...
05/09/2019
LoveStar

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...

"Talusan moves, sometimes with an associative quality that renders the individual essays surprising, through themes of i...
05/02/2019
'The Body Papers' Is A Stunning Memoir About Immigration, Family, And Trauma

"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 ...
04/18/2019
Documenting Undocumented Lives in ‘The Body Papers’

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.

Congratulations to Shahriar Mandanipour's MOON BROW, translated by Sara Khalili, for making the Best Translated Book Awa...
04/15/2019
Best Translated Book Awards Names 2019 Longlists - The Millions

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 PAPE...
04/11/2019
April 2019 Reads for the Rest of Us

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 Youn...
04/09/2019
The Casket of Time

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!...
04/09/2019
The Body Papers

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 ...
04/05/2019
Read Julie Orringer's Preface to 'The Boy,' a Novel by Marcus Malte

"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

03/29/2019
Book Picks - The Book Loft

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!

https://www.wamc.org/post/book-picks-book-loft-6

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

03/27/2019
Immigrant Writing Prize — Restless Books

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...
03/26/2019
The Boy

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

Dear #booksellers: Nominations are open for indie-publisher backlist portion of the @americanbooksellers’ #IndieNext S...
03/19/2019
Indie Publishers Backlist Nominations - Summer 2019

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

Brazos Bookstore Books & Books Green Apple Books on the Park The Seminary Co-op Bookstores John Francisconi Book Culture Riffraff bookstore and bar Changing Hands Bookstore Politics and Prose Bookstore City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

https://www.bookweb.org/indie-publishers-backlist-nominations-summer-2019

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 entranci...
03/18/2019
The Casket of Time: An interview with Andri Snær Magnason

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:
https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/2019/03/15/the-casket-of-time-an-interview-with-andri-snaer-magnason/

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…

Apply for the 2020 The Vilcek Foundation Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature until June 10! Three $50,000 prizes w...
03/12/2019
The Vilcek Foundation - The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature

Apply for the 2020 The Vilcek Foundation Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature until June 10! Three $50,000 prizes will be awarded to immigrant writers of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Additional information: https://www.vilcek.org/prizes/creative-promise/arts.html

Are you or is someone you know eligible for a 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature? Check eligibility requirements, and apply online at Vilcek.org.

THE BOY by Marcus Malte, translated by Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge, is a 2019 March Lit Hub contributor recommendation!...
03/05/2019
14 Books You Should Read This March

THE BOY by Marcus Malte, translated by Emma Ramadan and Tom Roberge, is a 2019 March Lit Hub contributor recommendation!

You can pre-order a copy from our online bookstore before the March 26th release and get 15% off when you use the code “BUYDIRECT”

“The Boy is built of crystalline vignettes that channel the visceral experience of joining civilization late.”
—Nate McNamara, Lit Hub contributor

https://lithub.com/12-books-you-should-read-this-march/

Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Press) What You Have Heard Is True, the memoir of human rights activist and Poet of Witness Carolyn Forché is coming out this month, an account …

Submissions for the 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing in Nonfiction are still open until March 31st! V...
02/26/2019
Immigrant Writing Prize — Restless Books

Submissions for the 2019 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing in Nonfiction are still open until March 31st! Visit our website to find out about submission guidelines, read about our past winners, and learn about the judges!

https://restlessbooks.org/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing

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

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews I AM GOD by Giacomo Sartori — with praise for both the award-winning translator Fred...
02/21/2019
‘I Am God’ by Giacomo Sartori: A cranky, vulnerable deity not above a little slapstick

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews I AM GOD by Giacomo Sartori — with praise for both the award-winning translator Frederika Randall and the novel's "memorable literary experience"

https://www.philly.com/arts/books/giacomo-sartori-fredericka-randall-i-am-god-rp-finch-novel-20190215.html

In this ingenious, entertaining novel, the Supreme Being is both omniscient and irritable, lovestruck and jealous and a Peeping Tom (although He says He isn't). This book strides through the cosmos with both irony and good humor.

Check out  translations coming out on February on Words Without Borders, including Restless' newly published I AM GOD an...
02/11/2019
The Watchlist: February 2019 - Words Without Borders

Check out translations coming out on February on Words Without Borders, including Restless' newly published I AM GOD and other great work:
https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/dispatches/article/the-watchlist-february-2019-tobias-carroll?src=twitter

Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about.   From Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, translated from the Arabic by Leri Price | Fiction | 192 pages | ISBN

I Am God is out this week! Read about God's existential crisis and the subversive philosophy within his diary! Buy a cop...
02/07/2019

I Am God is out this week! Read about God's existential crisis and the subversive philosophy within his diary! Buy a copy from our bookstore using the code BUYDIRECT to get 15% off!

I AM GOD is available for purchase as of yesterday! Looking for further Restless reads? Check out Fardwor, Russia! A Fan...
02/06/2019

I AM GOD is available for purchase as of yesterday! Looking for further Restless reads? Check out Fardwor, Russia! A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin, or Checkpoint, a satirical take on war and the military.

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