Happy New Year: Looking back over Istros Books’ first year in business and looking forward to 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This month has been a time for celebration – along with Christmas it was also the first birthday of ISTROS BOOKS. As we look forward to a new year full of new and wonderful titles, exciting events and the making of new friends and connections, we would also like to share our reflections on our first year of business:

15/12/2010 Istros Books is registered as a UK company

January The Istros Books website is launched

February The first translations are already in progress

May Istros Books publishes its first titles: ‘Definitions’, a collection of poetry by the Romanian author Octavian Paler (translation by Ileana Stefanescu) and ‘Hansen’s Children’, a first novel by Ognjen Spahic (translation by Will Firth)

June Istros Books holds a launch for ‘Definitions’ at the British Council, Bucharest

Istros Books is awarded a grant from the EU Culture Fund for Literary Translations for four titles: ‘Our Man in Iraq’ by Croatian author Robert Perisic, ‘The Coming’ by Montenegrin author, Andrej Nikolaidis, ‘A Handful of Sand’ by Croatian author, Marinko Koscec and ‘Seven Terrors’ by Bosnian author, Selvedin Avdic (along with a grant from the Croatian Ministry of Culture)

July Launch party in Zagreb with special guests authors Robert Perisic and Marinko Koscec and literary agent Ivan Srsen

September Together with the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, Istros Books initiates a competition for translators and Bulgarian authors, which results in the chosen book, Virgnia Zaharieva’s novel, ‘9 Rabbits’, being chosen for translation by Angela Rodel

November Istros Books publishes the first book in its children’s collection: ‘Hedgehog’s Home’ by Branko Copic (translation by S. D. Curtis, thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Serbia)

Our author from Montenegro – Andrej Nikolaids – wins the European Prize for Literature

December Istros Books receives funding from the Romanian Cultural Institute for the translation and publication of ‘Sun Alley’ by Cecilia Stefanescu

Looking ahead to 2012, we have some exciting titles and events lines up:

The publication of Perisic’s Our Man in Iraq, Nikolaids’ The Coming, Stefanescu’s Sun Alley and Zaharieva’s 9 Rabbits

Visit to London by Andrej Nikolaidis and Robert Perisic for events at the London Book Fair, the European Bank, the Croatian Embassy and other venues to be announced.

And last, but not least, the addition of our intern, Innas Alatawi to the Istros Books team

Istros Books wishes to thank you for all your interest and support and wish you health and happiness in 2012!


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