The blog’s idea is that those of us who love books published by Europa Editions, a publisher based in New York, will accept a challenge to read a certain number of Europa books between now and the end of the year and write reviews of them. Europa publishes mostly books by European authors in translation, but also publishes a number of books originally written in English, some books from Asian and African writers, and even a few from North America, if I’m not mistaken.
Liberty and Marie have come up with several suggested levels of participation, starting at the Europa Ami level, a commitment to read four Europa books between now and the end of 2011, and culminating with the Europa Amante level, in which you commit to read 2 Europa Editions books per month, for a total of 14 by the end of the year. At any level, you can qualify as a Connoisseur, an Expatriate, or a Passport Holder, by accepting the Perpetual Challenge to read all of Europa’s books, choosing books from a single country or original language, or choosing books from different countries or original languages, respectively. The Europa Ami level is quite enough of a challenge for me, I think–I have a pretty busy life, and a reading list whose unmanageability does nothing but increase. Neither Liberty nor Marie is affiliated with Europa Editions (nor, for that matter, am I) , and the only remuneration from participating in the challenge is the fun of it and our own personal satisfaction.
I’ve introduced myself to Challenge blog readers and will be cross-posting the reviews I write there on this blog. Since I’ve already posted here on Jane Gardam’s books, which are published by Europa, I’ll be referencing and recycling some of those posts. I’m looking forward not only to writing my own posts but also reading posts of the other fine bloggers who are participating in this challenge. What great company to join!
Please surf on over to the Europa Challenge Blog to check it out. If you’re interested, do join me in signing up for the challenge!