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Diversifying the culture of reading by building bridges between the American book world and the international book community.
Diversifying the culture of reading by building bridges between the American book world and the international book community.
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    Thank You!

    You have our eternal gratitude! We’ll acknowledge you as a BWB sponsor on our website and on Twitter.

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    We <3 International Literature

    Thank you for your contribution! You’ll receive an exclusive reading list of contemporary international literature compiled by the editors of our partner presses. Plus, a Ferrante Fever button (in snazzy neon lettering), so the whole world can know of your love.

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    Blind Date Book Package—Digital Edition

    Let us play matchmaker and set you up with one of our titles. Your choice between a Europa, Other Press, or Catapult title. No swiping necessary.

    Just tell us three things about yourself: your favorite book, your favorite vacation spot, and your zodiac sign. We’ll do the rest.

    *An emailed survey collecting this information will be sent to each back*

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    Signed Copies!

    Get a signed copy of one of the following:

    AS LIE IS TO GRIN by Simeon Marsalis

    SLEEPING ON JUPITER by Anuradha Roy

    ART OF WAITING by Belle Boggs

    THE ACCORDIONIST'S SON by Bernardo Atxaga

    THE LAST BROTHER by Nathacha Appanah

    ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman

    ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay

    TWENTY POEMS THAT COULD SAVE AMERICA by Tony Hoagland

    CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING ENVIRONMENTALIST by Paul Kingsnorth

    300 ARGUMENTS by Sarah Manguso

    THE KNOW-IT-ALLS: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball by Noam Cohen

    (A survey will be sent at the conclusion of our campaign to record your choice!)

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    Reach Out and Read the World Poster

    You know you love international literature—but does the world know? Do your roommates? Show them with this beautiful, eye-catching poster, featuring quotes from booksellers across America.

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    Take Your Pick

    Pick a book! Any book!

    Choose a book from one of our partner presses, and we will send it to you. Easy as pie. Includes a reading list for further inspiration.

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    Signed, First Editions!

    We're giving away signed, first editions of our most popular books!

    Take your pick of the following:

    DON'T CALL US DEAD by Danez Smith, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry in 2017

    WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry in 2017

    RESERVOIR 13 by Jon McGregor, Long-Listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017

    A LOVING, FAITHFUL ANIMAL by Josephine Rowe, which received a raving review from The New York Times Book Review

    AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFE by Sarah Bakewell, named one of the Ten Best Books of 2016 by the New York Times

    THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS by Jan-Philipp Sendker, hailed as "an epic narrative" by Publishers Weekly

    INHERITANCE FROM MOTHER by award-winning novelist Minae Mizumura

    YOU DESERVE NOTHING by Alexander Maksik, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book

    *Limit 5 copies of each title available*

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    Blind Date Book Package—Print Edition

    Get set up with a title of our choice—let us find you your book soul mate!

    Just tell us three things about yourself: your favorite book, your favorite vacation spot, and your zodiac sign. We’ll take it from there!

    *An emailed survey collecting this information will be sent to each backer*

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    Advanced Reading Copy

    Can’t wait to read one of the titles we have coming out next season? Don’t.

    Get your hands on that book you’ve been dying to read before it comes out—what we call Advance Reading Copies (ARCs). Pick one from the list below and brag to all your friends about the insider scoop.

    Freya by Anthony Quinn
    Faith Fox by Jane Gardam
    The Athenian Women by Alessandro Barbero
    Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby
    Go Tell the Crocodiles: Chasing Prosperity in Mozambique by Rowan Moore Gerety

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    If you don't just want to read books...

    We get it, sometimes books aren’t enough. Sometimes you need more. Sometimes you need magazines about books.

    Sign up today for a subscription to one of the best cultural magazines out there! Choose between The Paris Review and n+1.

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    I'd recommend...

    There’s no better way to decide what to read next than to talk to a bookseller. We’ll put you in contact with some of our favorites! This reward includes a 20 min phone conversation with one of the below:

    Jenn Witte (Skylight Books, LA)
    Camilla Orr (Changing Hands Bookstore, AZ)
    David Sandberg (Porter Square Books, MA)

    Get all the recommendations you need!

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    Swag Bag

    Your pick of swag bag from one of our partner presses. Show off your love for independent presses—they love you!

    Each swag bag includes:
    • A tote bag
    • A fall 2017/spring 2018 book
    • Bookmarks
    • Reach Out and Read the World notebook

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    Receive a bound manuscript or galley

    An ARC not enough? Be truly ahead of the curve and receive a bound manuscript or galley of one our partner presses’ most recent acquisitions.

    Read the next great book years before anyone else can!

    Includes:
    Disoriental by Negar Djavadi
    Weeping Waters by Karin Brynard
    Bloody January by Alan Parks

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    Four books from the press of your choice

    Too many books? No such thing. Receive a selection of four 2017/2018 books from the partner press of your choice, and a tote bag to carry them in.

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    The Book Club Special

    The special includes 5-8 print copies of one of the following perfect-for-book-club titles, discussion guides and a published Q&A with the author, and a Skype session with the editor of the book you choose—all for the use of your book club!

    Be the ultimate host and take your pick of the following:

    ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay, a Man Booker Prize finalist

    THE UNIT by Ninni Holmquist, praised by Margaret Atwood and named one of the Best Novels of 2009 by the Wall Street Journal

    RESERVOIR 13 by Jon McGregor, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and short-listed for the Goldsmiths Prize 2017

    THE LIVING INFINITE by Chantel Acevedo, Starred Review in Kirkus

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    Themed Book Package

    Looking for a deeper dive into a subject of your choosing? We have reading lists on a host of different topics and six books to go along with them.

    Tell us which subject below interests you, and we’ll send all the books you need! Plus, a tote bag from the partner press of your choice.

    Choose from:

    Women in translation
    Experimental international lit
    Contemporary italian lit
    Voices from south america
    New literature from Asia
    Crime Fiction from Around the World

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    Bring an editor to your book club

    Bring someone to your next book club meeting who loves talking about books as much you do: an editor from one of our partner presses! And don't worry—if you don't find yourself in the same cities as some of our editors, we'll arrange a meeting via Skype!

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    A year's worth of Catapult titles

    Receive every single book off Catapult's 2017 list (in print format)! Make sure your shelves are housing books of the highest literary caliber.

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    Skype with an author!

    Ever finished a book and wished you could call up an author because, after two-hundred-or-so pages of emotional torment, you feel like you're old pals? Well, we'll do you one better! Get to know one of the master storytellers below, face-to-face:

    Seth Greenland, author of I REGRET EVERYTHING (Europa 2015) and THE ANGRY BUDDHIST (Europa 2012)

    Nick Arvin, author of THE RECONSTRUCTIONIST (Harper Collins 2012)

    Sarah Swong, co-editor of HOW DO I EXPLAIN THIS TO MY KIDS: PARENTING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP (The New Press 2017)

    Chantel Acevedo, author of THE LIVING INFINITE (Europa 2017) and THE DISTANT MARVELS (Europa 2015)

    Amara Lakhous, author of CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS OVER AN ELEVATOR IN PIAZZO VITTORIO (Europa 2008) and THE PRANK OF THE GOOD LITTLE VIRGIN OF VIA ORMEA (Europa 2016)

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    Visit our offices

    Don’t be a stranger. Come have a coffee at one of our partner presses’ offices and chat with us about books, publishing, and more. We want to meet you!

    [note: transportation to our offices not included]

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    Complete Ferrante Audio Book Editions

    Get the complete audio book package of Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, The Beach at Night (read by Natalie Portman) and Frantumaglia!

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    A year’s worth of digital titles

    ...from Europa, Other Press, or Catapult! Pick a subscription to one of our partner presses and receive an ebook of every single one of their 2017 books.

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    It's a date!

    We want to get to know you. Let the publishers masterminding BWB take you out to lunch.

    [Note: must take place in publisher’s location. Travel not included].

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    Literary agent evaluation

    Hey, aspiring writers! Don’t miss the opportunity to have a literary agent read a portion of your manuscript or short story and offer feedback.

    [note: this does not ensure you will receive representation]

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    A year’s worth of print titles

    ...from the partner press of your choice, this time in hard copy! Pick a subscription to one of our partner presses and receive every single one of their 2017 books.

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    A year's worth of Europa titles

    Can't get enough of those French flaps? Receive every single book off Europa’s 2017 list (in print format) and add a bit more class to your book shelves.

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    A year's worth of The New Press titles

    Receive every single book off The New Press' 2017 list (in print format)! The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world—this list is essential reading.

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    A year's worth of Graywolf titles

    In need of some literary nourishment? Receive every single book on Graywolf's 2017 list (in print format) and satisfy your culture craving.

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    A year's worth of Other Press titles

    Receive every single book off Other Press's 2017 list (in print format)! Trust us, you'll want to make the stack by your bed that much taller.

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    Literary agent evaluation

    You’ve written the novel—now let an agent read it. A literary agent will read your full manuscript and offer feedback.

    [note: this does not ensure you will receive representation]

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    A year's worth of titles (print edition)

    ...from every one of our partner presses!

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    Come with us!

    Let us whisk you away. Travel with us to the marvelous world of international book fairs!

    Limit one guest per fair. Hotels and transport not included.

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    Indie Bookstore Gift Certificate

    Read globally, shop locally. Get a gift certificate for $30 from one of the best indie bookstores in the country:

    Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA)
    Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix, AZ)
    Porter Square Books (Boston, MA)

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    Ferrante’s Next Novel

    We’ll register your mailing details and when Elena Ferrante’s next novel is available, you’ll receive a copy before it hits the stores.

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