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    Europa Editions is an independent publisher of literary fiction, non-fiction, and high-end crime fiction based in New York and London. The company was founded in 2005 by Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri, who are also the owners and publishers of the Italian press, Edizioni E/O. The idea behind the creation of Europa Editions was to capitalize on Edizioni E/O’s deep roots in European publishing to bring fresh voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality English editions of international literature that had a distinct look and consistently high level of editorial standards. The Europa catalog is eclectic, reflecting the founders’ belief that dialogue between nations and cultures is of vital importance and that this exchange is facilitated by literature chosen not only for its ability to entertain and fascinate, but also to inform and enlighten.

    In 2013, the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association awarded Europa Editions its Paperback publication of the Year award.

    Europa’s New York office is directed by Kent Carroll, formerly Editorial Director at Grove Press and Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Carroll & Graf Publishers.

    Europa Editions’ London office is directed by former literary agent, Daniela Petracco.

    In North America, we are distributed by Penguin USA and Penguin Canada.

    In the U.K. and Ireland, we are distributed by Turnaround Publisher Services.

    Notable successes at Europa include: Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog (translated by Alison Anderson), which spent over a year on the New York Times Bestseller list and the IndieBound bestseller list; Jane Gardam’s Old Filth, named a notable book of the year by the New York Times; Alina Bronsky’s The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine (translated by Tim Mohr), a Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle favorite read of the year in 2011; and, Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend (translated by Ann Goldstein), the first installment in the author’s Neapolitan novel series. Europa’s first publication, 2005’s The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein) was compared favorably to Anna Karenina in the New York Times and became an Indie Bestseller.

    Europa Editions publishes about thirty-five titles a year. In its first ten years, the company has published books by authors from twenty-six different countries, making it one of the leading US publishers of international fiction. In a 2013 interview in the Italian industry periodical Leggere:tutti, founder Sandro Ferri said the company was “born with the intention to create bridges between cultures.” Among authors published by Europa, we count Europa counts two ABA IndieBound bestsellers, two New York Times bestsellers, three Booker Prize-shortlisted novels, five New York Times Editors' Picks, two New York Times Notable Books of the Year, two Goncourt Prize winners, one German Book Prize winner, and two winners of The Strega Prize for Fiction.

    Tonga Books
    Tonga books was an innovative editorial enterprise undertaken by Europa Editions in collaboration with American author Alice Sebold, who acquired and edited four works of fiction published by Europa under the series name, Tonga Books. The first publication from Tonga Books gave Europa its second New York Times bestseller, Alexander Maksik’s You Deserve Nothing.

    Europa World Noir
    In 2013, we launched our series of international crime fiction, Europa World Noir. Publishers Weekly wrote that the series signaled Europa’s “reaffirmed enthusiasm for noir.”


    We invite you to browse our growing list of international fiction and non-fiction, and sign up for our  monthly newsletter, in which you'll find information on new releases, reviews, author tours, and other Europa Editions news.


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    Sandro Ferri, editorial director and founder, was born in New York in 1952 to an Italian father and an American mother. He has lived and studied in both France and Italy. In Rome, Italy, in 1979, he founded the publishing house Edizioni E/O, whose catalog features a wide selection of authors from all corners of the world. In 2005 in New York, he founded Europa Editions, publisher of international authors in English. The goal of Europa Editions is to create a list where readers can find a selection of the best international authors in quality English translations
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    Sandra Ozzola Ferri, editorial director and president. Born in Northern Italy in 1949, Sandra Ozzola studied languages and literature both at high school and university, where she majored in Slavic languages. She moved to Rome in 1969 to continue her studies. In 1979, together with Sandro Ferri she founded the Rome-based publishing house Edizioni E/O, where she is now editorial director and manager, and in 2005 she and Sandro Ferri founded Europa Editions.


    Kent Carroll, publisher, was the editorial director of Grove Press from 1975 to 1981. In 1982, he co-founded Carroll & Graf, where he was both publisher and Editor-in-Chief. He has been working as publisher for Europa Editions since its foundation in 2005.




    Michael Reynolds, Editor in chief, has been with Europa Editions since it was founded. He has been editor in chief since 2008. He was born in Australia in 1968 and now lives in New York with his girlfriend, the agent Paola Quintavalle, and their two children.




    Simona Olivito, production manager, is a graduate of Umberto Eco’s masters program in publishing and a specialist in Anglo-American literature. She  coordinates Europa's editorial and production aspects and relations with our many translators.




    Gianluca Catalano, sales and marketing assistant, is a native of Salerno (Italy), birthplace of esteemed physicians, daring seamen, and male models. Born in 1975, he shares the day and month of his birth, 7 March, with Alessandro Manzoni and Bret Easton Ellis. A fencing prodigy, after an appalling mishap, he dedicated himself to the care and maintenance of two-stroke motorbike engines. After graduating high school he moved to Siena where, in addition to a degree in History, he also obtained a much-desired international chef’s diploma. Following graduation he spent several years between Milan and the Mediterranean, where he worked as a skipper. In 2003, he arrived in Bologna where, as a student of Umberto Eco (he rocks!), he completed his masters in Publishing at the Institute of Higher Studies in Humanities. From 2003 to 2005, he worked at the RCS publishing group, and then finally realized his dream of moving to Rome to work for Edizioni E/O, where he currently tenders his matchless talents. Cook, trumpet player, drummer, and amateur photographer, he is currently organizing a two-wheeled invasion of Latin America. May God have mercy on him!


    Rosa Finamore, accounts and administration. Born in 1982 at the foot of Mount Vesuvius in Naples, Rosa later moved north to Latina, where she studied Economics. She began working for Edizioni E/O in 2005, the same year in which Europa Editions was founded. She is now responsible for overseeing all accounting and administrative issues pertaining to Europa Editions. She is an enthusiast of ancient history and mythology.


    Emanuele Ragnisco is a freelance graphic designer and the owner of Mekkanografici Associates.

    He has designed cover art and curated series design for some of Italy's largest publishing houses. In over twenty years as a professional designer, his focus has been on the concrete aspects of art design. He works on paper before moving to digital in the belief that only this method can guarantee that content and meaning take precedence over technical-digital solutions. His clients include the Encyclopedia Treccani, where he is responsible for design of art books; Edizioni EO, for whom he curates brand images, has designed series art for the "dal Mondo" imprint, and is responsible for the redesign of the press's well known pocketbooks series; and La Terza, whose "great works" and "viaggio/nella cultura Contromano" series are both designed by him, and where he has created the covers of numerous bestsellers.

    He has taught at university and at Montessori schools for many years and he conducts professional development seminars for teaching faculty. For Europa Editions he curates brand image and is the designer of all covers.

    Drew Schnoebelen, Sales and Marketing Director, joined Europa Editions following his five year tenure as General Manager of Borders Books in Pocatello, Idaho. In his spare time, Drew is also a comedian who has performed in a over dozen states and at major comedy festivals in Canada and the US. He’s pretty funny. Email >>





    Europa Editions
    in the press

    “A new and, on first evidence, excellent source for European fiction for English-speaking readers.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

    "A godsend for those into contemporary European writing."—New York Magazine

    “You could consider Europa Editions, the  sprightly new publishing venture [Kent Carroll] has just started in New York, as a kind of book club for Americans who thirst after exciting foreign fiction.”—LA Weekly (read complete article)

    "Europa Editions . . . is good news if you’re a lover of crime novels.”—National Public Radio

    “Best New Crime Imprint, 2005.”—Booklist

    “Readers with a taste—even a need—for an occasional inky cup of bitter honesty should lap up The Goodbye Kiss . . . the first book of Carlotto’s to be published in the United States by the increasingly impressive new Europa Editions”—The Chicago Tribune

    “To insist that if work is good, no matter what, people will read it? Crazy! But perhaps that’s why I like Europa . . . They believe in what they are doing above everything. Viva Europa Editions!”—Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones (read complete text)

    “Europa Editions has its first indie bestseller, Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment.”—Publishers Weekly

    “The best of [Mediterranean noir] is making its way to the United States via publishing houses such as Europa Editions.”—Boston Phoenix (read complete article)

    "Europa Editions, a small press founded just five years ago, has been doing the Lord's work in terms of introducing European literary novels, many of them in translation, to an American readership."—Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air


    “[Europa Editions offers] a distinctly different brand of literary pleasure, thoughtfulness and, yes, even entertainment.”
    The Ruminator

    "A mix of readability and provocation is apparent in Europa Editions' list. Europa does the unthinkable in today's publishing climate: it successfully publishes literature in translation and books that happen to be particularly slim – works that can be read in a couple of sittings, like Algerian-Italian author Amara Lakhous' Clash of Civilizations, or Belgian author Amélie Nothomb's Tokyo Fiancée."—Hirsh Sawhney, The Guardian

    "If you ask independent booksellers to name publishers they respect, one name that surfaces is Europa Editions. They publish high-quality literary fiction, primarily European in translation, as well as original British and American work, that is both well-written and entertaining."—Richard Krawiec, The News and Observer

    “Europa Editions invites English-speaking readers to ‘experience all the color, the exuberance, the violence, the sounds and smells of the Mediterranean,’ with an intriguing selection of the crème de la crème of continental noir.”—Murder by the Bye

    “I have customers who have read everything Europa Editions has published and want to know what they’re doing next . . . Congratulations on the great success of Europa Editions—they are flying off our shelves.”—Toby Cox, Three Lives & Co., New York

    "I think that Europa is doing a great job with books that are entertaining and thought-provoking. They've become one of the imprints that I feel I can trust almost implicitly. Even if the subject matter isn't to my taste (or what I think is my taste), I have an expectation of quality that has yet to be disappointed. It makes my job much easier, both at the buying end and when making recommendations to customers."—Billie Bloebaum, Powell's Books


    "We have a lot of faith
    in Europa's editorial sensibility.”—Sarah McNally, McNally Jackson