Position: Editor in Chief
Website: Europa Editions
Location: New York, USA
Main areas of interest:
- Adult literary fiction
- High-end mysteries
- Young Adult fiction
- Narrative non-fiction
Michael was the recipient of the 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing, awarded by the Community of Literary and Magazine Presses, and a 2017 Epiphany Magazine Honoree for Publishing Excellence. He has served on the jury for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, the Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators, and the foreign jury of the Strega Prize.
He is a regular speaker at the Columbia School of Journalism’s Columbia Publishing Course, and at publishing and translation conferences in America and internationally. He is a member of the Rutgers University Press Advisory Council, a founding member of the Independent Publisher Caucus Steering Committee, and the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry.
Europa Editions publishes about 35 titles a year, and has offices in Rome and London, from which they publish into the UK market as well. They specialise in international literature, both in translation and original language, and are America’s leading publisher of fiction from international markets. They publish adult literary fiction, high-end mysteries, Young Adult fiction, and narrative non-fiction. Michael acquires in all of these genres.
Prize-winning and bestselling authors he has worked with at Europa Editions include Alina Bronsky, Amelie Nothomb, Elena Ferrante, Chantel Acevedo, Domenico Starnone, Julie Lekstrom Himes, Hiromi Kawakami, Nick Arvin, and Alexander Maksik.
He is keenly interested in the Australian publishing industry and the current state of Australian literature; reflected by his acquisition and publication in recent years of leading Australian voices like Alex Miller, Charlotte Wood, Joan London, Peter Kocan, Chris Womersley, Rohan Wilson, and Felicity Castagna.
He is also an author and translator whose published translations include three historical mysteries by Carlo Lucarelli, and Viola Di Grado’s prize-winning novel, 70% Acrylic 30% Wool.
Which books do you wish you had published?
La plus secrète mémoire des homes by Mohamed Mbougar Saar; The Furrows by Namwali Serpell; Seven Empty Houses,/i> by Samanta Schweblin.
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