Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Baltics! On the way! At last!

At long last we've put the final touches on Tomas Tranströmer's remarkable Baltics!--we just signed off on the final galleys this morning! We've been working with Samuel Charters and Ann Charters over the past few months to get this very special edition of Baltics off to the printers. What started out as merely a reprint of Samuel Charters' seminal translation of  Baltics (published originally by Oyez in 1975) has turned into one of the most beautiful and serendipitous projects we've had the honor of working on. Not only does the book feature the original Swedish text en face, it also features an 80-page photo essay by Ann Charters, an icon of literary photography whose images of the Beats have occupied our imaginations for decades. At over 160 pages, this Tavern Books edition of Tranströmer's groundbreaking book-length poem is the most comprehensive in any language. We are waiting in anticipation for this book to hit the shelves. We've already pre-sold over 300 copies. For those of you who ordered your copies months ago, we thank you for your patience. We can't wait for you to hold this book in your hands. Cheers!