Autumn Hill Books began in 2005 with a small but important goal: to bring more contemporary world literature to the English language market, where literature in translation is still woefully scarce.
After long consultations with colleagues in Iowa’s International Program, and at colleges and universities around the United States, AHB released its first title, A Castle in Romagna, which was selected for the Small Press Distribution program by the Independent Book Publishers Association, giving our press that most precious and hard to come by commodity: distribution.
In the years since, we've published more than twenty more works in translation, including essay, poetry and short story collections, anthologies and novels from Croatia to Korea, Greece to Uzbekistan. We currently work with IPG’s Small Press United.
The best way to contribute is to purchase our books—for yourself, your friends, your family, your colleagues, your classmates, your co-workers, in short, for anyone who loves world literature. If you are a teacher or a book club member, we're always happy to work with you on discounted bulk orders. If you use your local public library (please do), then consider recommending that they purchase our books.
AHB's books are financed primarily through grants and donations, for which we are always sincerely grateful. We've received grants from the National Arts Council of Singapore, the Japanese Literature Publishing Project, the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Iowa Arts Council, the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, the Literary Translation Institute of Korea, and Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information about how individuals and organizations can support AHB please visit our CONTACT page.
Autumn Hill Books is an independent non-profit press based in the Midwest. We publish works of translation and our focus is contemporary world literature. More recently, AHB launched an online literary magazine M—DASH, which features essays, fiction, and poetry either excerpted from or inspired by our published titles. We also publish the imprint 91st Meridian Press in collaboration with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
Russell Valentino is the founder of and senior editor at AHB. His translations from the Italian and Croatian have been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Book of the Year Awards held by Foreword Magazine. He is a professor of Slavic and comparative literature at Indiana University, and his blog "the unlight bearableness of translating a really great title," can be found here.