Europa Editions is an independent publisher of quality fiction. 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 international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels 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 Editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds.
In North America, we are distributed by Publishers Group West and Publishers Group Canada.
In the U.K. and Ireland, Europa is distributed by the Independent Alliance.
Notable successes at Europa include: Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog (translated by Alison Anderson), which spent almost 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; Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, including My Brilliant Friend, a New York Times bestseller; and, 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.
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, Europa counts two ABA IndieBound bestsellers, four New York Times bestsellers, six Booker Prize-shortlisted novels and two winners, five New York Times Editors' Picks, two New York Times Notable Books of the Year, five Goncourt Prize winners, one German Book Prize winner, and two winners of The Strega Prize for Fiction.
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.”
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Sandro Ferri, Publisher and Co-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.
Sandra Ozzola Ferri, Publisher, President, and Co-Founder. 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.
Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-chief, joined Europa Editions in 2005. He was born in Australia in 1968 and now lives in New York with his family.
Kent Carroll, Publisher-at-large, 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 at Europa Editions since its foundation in 2005.
Kathy Wiess, Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development has 20+ years of publishing experience in trade and academic publishing, wholesale, distribution, and online retail. She began her career at Random House where she spent 16 years in their sales and marketing department. She has also held executive positions at Ingram Content Group and The Book Depository. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Political Science.
Eva Ferri is the Publishing Director of Europa Editions UK and Edizioni E/O in Italy. After studying Philosophy and Public Policy in Rome and at the London School of Economics, she completed a masters in Philosophy and Jungian Psychoanalysis in Milan. She was born in Rome in 1988 and now lives between Rome and London.
Leonella Basiglini, Production Manager, has a degree in German Literature and a masters in publishing. She worked for over ten years as an editor in corporate publishing in Milan before joining Europa Editions in the company's Rome office. She is also a translator from German to Italian.
Diego Vitali, Digital Production Manager, studied Comparative Literature at La Sapienza University of Rome and graduated in Publishing and Journalism.
Rosa Finamore, Financial Officer.
Kristi Bontrager, Publicist, joined Europa in 2020 after 20+ years of marketing and communications experience in academic, library and non-profit organizations. She was the founding Director of the Iowa City Book Festival held in the first UNESCO City of Literature in the U.S. She has a masters degree from the University of Iowa and graduate publishing certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute.
Emanuele Ragnisco is a freelance graphic designer and the owner of Mekkanografici Associates.
Edoardo Andreoni, Editor, joined Europa Editions in 2019. He oversees Europa Compass, the non-fiction imprint launched in May 2019. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, where he researched transatlantic diplomacy during the Cold War. Born in Florence, Italy, he lives in New York.
Autumn Toennis, Assistant Editor, has a BA in English Writing from Montana State University and is also a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course. She began as an intern with Europa Editions before joining the company fulltime in 2022.
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
"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
“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
"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.”
"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