Sunday, January 18, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

Here's what came in the mail that I look forward to:

The Brightest Moon of the Century by Christopher Meeks ARC (March 12, 2009) from the author whose book of short stories, Months and Seasons I reviewed last year.

The Jewel Trader of Pegu by Jeffrey Hantover ARC (December) from Danny Goldstein at Harper Perennial.

'Written as a 16th century epistolary novel that explores the themes of religion and ethno-centrality as his young Jewish protagonist Abraham leaves behind the comforts and familiarity of Venice and moves to the Burmese kingdom of Pegu and confronts an unfamiliar Buddhist culture.'

(I know I said no more ARCs but when they ask so nicely...)


The Sailor From Gibraltar by Marguerite Duras translated from French(December 2008)

The Taker by Rubem Fonsecashort stories translated from Portuguese (November 2008)

Both won from Open Letter Press through the Lost in Translation reading challenge.

Open Letter Press is the University of Rochester's literary publishing house, dedicated to connecting readers with great international authors and their works. Publishing twelve books a year and running an online literary website called Three Percent, Open Letter is one of only a handful of U.S. organizations with a commitment to cultivating an appreciation for international literature. They posted about the Lost in Translation reading challenge and a special offer on their weblog here. They are offering free shipping on all their books for Lost in Translation challenge participants.

The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther from UK via Bookmooch.

What did you get that's got you excited?


  1. It is hard to turn down an offer that falls into your lap, isn't it! Open Letter Press is a wonderful publisher to deal with.

  2. What a nice promotion with Open Letter Press!

    I'm going to look at their catalog and may join the Challenge (I know, I said "no more!")

    Now I need to explore and figure out why their blog is called "Three Percent!"

  3. Gah - I'm trying to NOT buy all the Open Letter Press books, and now I see this!!! =) Looks like you had a great week.

  4. What a lovely haul. I don't get that many books coming through the post. I will have to look into these ARCS.

  5. All the books you received look like something I would love to read! Great haul! :D

  6. The Jewel Trader of Pegu was featured last year on B&N. I think it was in the new reads discussion group but can't remember exactly. There was only a handful or so of us in the group. The book is very good. It was not something I would have picked up on my own but I was so glad I did. Enjoy!

  7. I love the cover of The Jewel Trader of Pegu!

  8. looks like a great bunch of books...fantastic.

    I have a hard time turning away ARCs as well.

  9. Thank you for stopping by the 'mailbox' this week. 'The Jewel Trader of Pegu' by Jeffrey Hantover is on my wish list.



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