Open Letter—a non-profit [501(c)(3)] literary press at the University of Rochester—is committed to publishing the best of modern and contemporary literature from around the world. In order to fulfill our mission to the best of our ability, and reach as wide of a readership as possible, we need support from people, like you, who appreciate and value international cultural and artistic exchanges. The support we receive from individuals, foundations, and government agencies allows us to publish and promote our titles, sponsor author tours and other events, and to continue publishing Three Percent, our internationally focused literary weblog and review site.
Listed below are some of the programs that your donation would support.
Three Percent launched in the summer of 2007 with the lofty goal of becoming a destination for readers, editors, and translators interested in finding out about modern and contemporary international literature.
Bringing readers information about goings-on in the world of international literature, and providing reviews and samples of books in translation and those that have yet to be translated, Three Percent is a place that hopes to cultivate the next generation of literary enthusiasts.
Launched by the weblog Three Percent in 2007 and awarded in April of each year, the Best Translated Book Awards aim to bring attention to the best original works of international fiction and poetry published in the U.S. during the previous year. Starting in 2011, each winning translator and author will be awarded a $5000 cash prize and a plaque.
The Reading the World Conversation Series is a series of six annual readings, roundtables, and conversations between writers, translators, and publishers that takes place on the University of Rochester's campus in Rochester, NY. Started in 2009, the series' guests have included Piotr Sommer, Thomas Pletzinger, Charlotte Mandell, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Jorge Volpi, Jan Kjaerstad, and many others.