Europa Editions

More #bookmail from@europaeditions!! I looove this cover and how seamlessly it blends in with the pool! 💙 

Here’s a snippet from the book description: Exquisitely written and compulsively readable, MAYUMI AND THE SEA OF HAPPINESS is equal parts wry confession and serious meditation. At its most anxious it’s a book about time; at its most ecstatic it’s a deeply human story about passion and pleasure, book love and physical infatuation.

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A new issue is live!

In it: exclusive excerpts of bestselling author Elena Ferrante’s nonfiction from the forthcoming book Fragments.

Lacy Johnson on the meaning of mercy.

Adrian Tomine on coming of age, Asian-American characters, and the anxieties of fatherhood.

Lorena Aguilar on the relationship between climate and gender.

Abby Margulies on a new documentary following three rock climbers up one of the world’s most challenging peaks.

Fiction by Sofi Stambo and Sylwia Siedlecka.

Poetry by Ewa Lipska and Mary Kovaleski Byrnes
Elena Ferrante Explains Why, For the Last Time, You Don’t Need to Know Her Name
“For those who love literature, the books are enough.”
By Elissa Schappell

“Every day we find ourselves faced with the intolerable, and no promise of utopia—whether it be political, religious, or scientific—is capable of calming us. Each generation is obliged to verify this horror anew for itself, and to discover that it is impotent. So either you take a step forward or you take one back. I’m not talking about suicide. I’m talking about refusing to engage, about removing oneself from the picture. The sentence, ‘No, I will not,’ when it comes from the depths of the intolerable, seems to me to be weighty, full of meaning, with everything to recount, always.”

Book 11: The Art of Losing, by Rebecca Connell

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The book, particularly the ending, walked a fine line between intensity and ridiculousness. Yet, I enjoyed it. I appreciated the two vastly different perspectives of a love affair gone wrong–from one of the lovers and from a child.

Its publisher, Europa Editions, has introduced some great authors from outside the United Sates. When I started reading its books, I expected differences across cultures to jump out. I wanted to experience something new.I am learning, however, that people share much more than I initially thought.

For example, Connell is a British author. Her story about infidelity takes place in England. When a woman learns that her husband is cheating on her, does her feelings differ if she is British compared to an American woman, a Chinese woman, or a Venezuelan woman?

Regardless of where she is, she’s going to be hurt, angry, and betrayed.

Okay, You Win This Round, Community Bookstore

I usually read trashy books on my kindle nowadays, but a few weeks ago, I had time to kill, so I went to Community Bookstore. I bought The Scorpio Races for a gift for someone, This Side of Paradise, which I savored slowly like a good tumbler of whisky, and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.

Rachael has been on me for a while to get on the Europa edition bandwagon and I’ve been reticent. There are so few dystopias and so few medieval queens, guys. It’s just not my subway reading scene.

However, I noticed that My Brilliant Friend was featured prominently in the store. I asked the girl at the till if it was good and she honestly answered, “I haven’t read it, but most people are tearing through it like crazy.” I read the description. It’s a book about two female friends in Naples in the 50s. 

I bought it, but I was also like:

I started reading it unenthusiastically at brunch today and am more than a third of the way through it (and it’s not a short book).

So, basically, is it good?

It’s just…really well-written? And like, major props to the translator because it’s so hard to make foreign copy read well, let alone capture a cadence, diction and tone that surpasses 99% of native speaking writers.

Just wanted to share. I’m actually enjoying a “good” book.

The International Crime Month magazine is here!

Our International Crime Month magazine is heading to the best bookstores around….

Featuring excerpts, interviews and essays by some of the best crime writers from around the globe, the magazine will soon be available free in a great indie bookstores near you. Click above to read the whole thing online, or pick up a print copy when they land. Want to stock it in your bookstore? Let us know!

Join us Monday night for a midnight release party celebrating the publication of The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth and final of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels.  

Snack and drink and meet and mingle with other Ferrante obsessives until the clock strikes twelve, when we can officially begin selling the book that will, undoubtedly, be the literary event of the summer. 

Event date: Monday, August 31, 2015 - 10:00pmEvent address: 1818 N Vermont AveLos Angeles, CA 90027

June is now International Crime Month. Mark it on your calendar with a bloody flag.

Melville House in the middle of an EPIC INDIE PRESS TEAM-UP with the folks at Akashic, Europa and Mysterious Press to celebrate great edgy crime writing from around the world. 

We’re like Voltron, but for bookish idealists who want to read about stabbings, I guess? A very complicated Voltron.

Anyhow we have a whole slew of incredible events happening throughout June. Read more about them here.


It’s hard to believe that Nobel Laureate Dario Fo has never written a novel, until now. The Pope’s Daughter, available from Europa Editions, is Fo’s fictional account of the life and times of Lucrezia Borgia, one of history’s most notorious and, as it turns out, complicated women. An exceptional historical novel that will more than tide you over till the release of Hilary Mantel‘s The Mirror and the Light.

I am always concerned when people, finding out that I am a writer, apologise and say, “I’m not much of a reader actually. I know I ought to, but I just don’t seem able to find the time,” and then go on to tell me how they feel obliged to finish any book they begin. Well, of course, I say, you will be reluctant to open one in the first place, knowing what it might entail. It isn’t meant to be like that, I assure them. If you begin a book and you don’t like it, just throw it away. Or take it round to a charity shop. It’s like going to a party: some people you linger with, knowing you get on. Some people you exchange greeting with and move on fast. It’s nothing against them. They’re just not your kind of person. It’s the same with books. You must be prepared to discard. And though you may feel it’s a waste of money not reading a book you don’t get on with, that’s like not opening the windows when the weather turns warm for fear of wasting the central heating. So, as I say, now is a good point to abandon the book. You have my permission - even my encouragement.