Borderless Book Club



In response to the Covid-19 crisis and the lockdown order, Peirene created the Borderless Book Club in collaboration with several other small presses in March 2020. Initially planned for a six-week run, we have decided to continue the book club with fortnightly meetings for the foreseeable future.

Meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 8pm UK time, via Zoom. Participation is free and meetings can be accessed from anywhere in the world. We exclusively discuss translated literature and invite translators to join us to discuss their work. Hosted by Maddie Rogers, Peirene’s publishing assistant, each meeting features a different press presenting their book.

Sign up to the mailing list here to receive Zoom invitations and discussion questions ahead of meetings.

Previous sessions are available to listen to as a podcast here.


Our autumn programme has now been finalised! Here it is:

September 3rd    

Peirene Press | Faces on the Tip of My Tongue by Emmanuelle Pagano

With translators Sophie Lewis and Jenny Higgins | 25% off with code “BORDERLESS”


September 17th   

Bitter Lemon Press | The Fragility of Bodies by Sergio Olguín

With translator Miranda France


October 1st   

Nordisk Books | Transfer Window by Maria Gerhardt

With translator Lindy Falk van Rooyen | 15% off with code “TRANSFER15”


October 15th      

Charco Press | Ramifications by Daniel Saldaña París

With translator Christina McSweeney and author Daniel Saldaña París | 20% off with code “BOOKCLUB” | free UK shipping, 50% off international shipping


October 29th  

Fitzcarraldo Editions | Minor Detail by Adania Shibli

With translator Elisabeth Jaquette


November 12th

Comma Press | The Book of Cairo

With translator and editor Raph Cormack | free ebook with every hard copy ordered


November 26th    

Istros Books | The Fig Tree by Goran Vojnović

With translator Olivia Hellewell


December 10th

Tilted Axis Press | Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri

After a slight change of plan, we will now be discussing Tokyo Ueno Station with translator Morgan Giles!



Download a PDF of the programme here.



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