Oh hey, this is good news for books, and friends of books! Deep Vellum, the Dallas-based nonprofit publisher of literary translations (and also a bookstore!), has acquired the backlists of two other indie publishers: Phoneme Media and A Strange Object. LIke Deep Vellum, Phoneme’s mission is to publish books in translation, primarily poetry collections. A Strange Object publishes mostly fiction (actually fun fact: their Twitter bio reads “Fiction? Fiction? Fiction? Fiction.”) written in English.
Deep Vellum, too, will begin publishing non-translated works next year, and has launched La Reunion Publishing, a new imprint focused on Texas-specific books. One of the most exciting bits of news from the Publishers Weekly announcement was that one of the first titles La Reunion will release is a history of LGBTQ+ Dallas by Mark Doty, which sounds terrific.
This all sounds terrific! Congratulations to everyone involved, both human and book!
[h/t Publishers Weekly]