Borderless Book Club



In response to the Covid-19 crisis and the lockdown order, Peirene created the Borderless Book Club in collaboration with five other small presses – Charco Press, Comma Press, Istros Books, Nordisk Books, and Tilted Axis Press – 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, with Bitter Lemon Press and Fitzcarraldo Editions joining our roster for forthcoming sessions.

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.

The first six sessions are available to listen to as a podcast here.


Here is our upcoming programme:

May 28th    

Tilted Axis Press | Arid Dreams by Duanwad Pimwana

With translator Mui Poopoksakul | 20% off with code “AD2020” | free ebook with preorder


June 11th   

Charco Press | Holiday Heart by Margarita García Robayo

20% off with code “BOOKCLUB” | free UK shipping


June 25th   

Bitter Lemon Press | Summer of Reckoning by Marion Brunet

With translator Katherine Gregor


July 9th      

Nordisk Books | Inlands by Elin Willows

With translator Duncan Lewis and author Elin Willows | 20% off with code “borderless”


July 23rd  

Comma Press | Palestine +100 anthology ed. Basma Ghalayini

With translator Thoraya El-Rayyes | free ebook with purchase of hard copy from Comma website


August 6th

Istros Books | Wild Woman by Marina Šur Puhlovski

With translator Christina Zorić


August 20th   

Fitzcarraldo Editions | Grove by Esther Kinsky

With translator Caroline Schmidt

25% off with code GROVEBOOKCLUB from Fitzcarraldo website (UK) and Transit website (US)


All new releases will be shipped in advance for the book club.

Download a PDF of the programme here.



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