21 of the Best New Novels Translated into English & More Critical Linking

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It’s an established fact in the literary world that Americans just aren’t that motivated to read fiction in translation. Three Percent, a literary blog hosted by the University of Rochester, takes its title from the oft-cited statistic that only three percent of all books published in the States each year are in translation—and if narrowed down to fiction and poetry, the number is closer to 0.7 percent.

But while that number might be woefully low—in Germany, for some sobering perspective, it’s roughly 20 percent—there are a number of small publishers in the States working both to move the needle and to ensure that the 0.7 percent represents some of the most interesting fiction being published around the world.

21 novels in translation you might want to pop onto your TBR. Warning: slideshow, but worthwhile.


Using a smartphone or digital device, commuters can browse content that’s been curated by the CPL and with an emphasis on works by Chicago authors. The library’s partnership with Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) also gives riders with or without a library card additional access to free books, movies and music, all of which is available at chipublib.org/CPLonCTA.

I love this. Brilliant.


Noelle Santos, a lifelong Bronx resident, will feature her pop-up shop, The Lit. Bar, at the Bronx Museum Holiday Market on December 10 and 11, in to raise funds to open the soon-to-be only independent bookstore in the Bronx in the new year. She hopes a crowd funding in the near future will also push the process forward.

She anticipates that the bookstore will launch sometime in January 2017, just after Barnes & Noble closes its doors. She envisions opening the bookstore somewhere in Hunts Point.

Good news for the Bronx. Rock on, Noelle.


If you’ve already binged Netflix’s four-part Gilmore Girls revival, then you’re well-versed in the coffee-fueled ways of mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory and the complicated relationship they have with grandmother Emily. You’ve braved through the muck of Rory’s love life, watched Lorelai have her Wild – the book, not the movie – moment, and finally found out those final four words.

And… if you’re like us, then you’re also already searching for more stories that take deep dives into the good (and bad) sides of close mother-daughter relationships. From touching intergenerational stories to shocking family epics, EW has compiled a list of 10 books that are sure to cure your Gilmore Girls withdrawal.

For the Gilmore Girls fans.

Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former teen and adult librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.