New Europe Books, based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, publishes quality trade fiction and nonfiction from Europe, both in translation and in original English editions. Launched with national distribution in 2012, New Europe Books has expanded its initial focus from Europe’s eastern reaches to embrace all of continent and its perimeters, geographically and conceptually.

Above all, New Europe Books seeks books that speak to global concerns, expand cross-cultural understanding, and explore history in new ways. And then there are undiscovered classics. Its imprint for young readers, Young Europe Books, includes two titles to date, with a third coming in 2019.

New Europe Books’ authors come from Europe (whether natives or expats) and beyond. What matters is that they write authoritatively, absorbingly, and beautifully about Europe or through a European lens in a way that engages readers globally.


Paul Olchváry has translated many books of Hungarian prose literature to English for such publishers as New Directions, Houghton-Mifflin, Harper Collins, Steerforth Press, and Northwestern University Press. He has received translation grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and PEN American Center, and in 1999 he was awarded the Milán Füst Prize by the Milán Füst Foundation of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. A native of Amherst, New York, Olchváry was born to Hungarian parents and he lived in Hungary for many years as an adult, settling there as the Cold War ended. There he taught composition at a university English department, held a year-long internship with the US embassy, and was the founding editor of the daily, English-language news digest Hungary Around the Clock. Olchváry's own short stories and essays appeared, in Hungarian translation, in the cultural monthly 2000. Olchváry also worked for years as senior copywriter at Princeton University Press and Globe Pequot Press, and spent nearly a year as a newspaper reporter before earning his MA, in English/writing, from Indiana University, Bloomington. Since 2010 he has lived with his son, Akosh, in the Northern Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.


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Editorial Consultants

Matt Ellis and James Pihakis have provided invaluable advice to New Europe Books over the years.

Ellis, a graduate of Bennington College, initially became our informal adviser after we published two of his novels, the acclaimed Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Café and the riveting fantasy adventure for younger readers, Petra K and the Blackhearts. He has lived in Budapest for many years, where he founded one of Central Europe's leading English-language literary journals, Pilvax, and has earned distinction leading writing workshops. In the early 1990s he lived in Prague, and lately, life has taken him further afield, to Thailand and other reaches of Southeast Asia, but expect to see him back in Budapest or somewhere in the vicinity. His website is matthendersonellis.com.

Pihakis, who has a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Cincinnati, has worked as an instructor of writing and literaure at Xavier University, works currently as a writer, and has literature of his own in his proverbial desk drawer. He lives in North Adams, Massachusetts.


Cover Design

Hadley Kincade, a graduate of University of Toronto and a Washington, D.C. native, has designed or otherwise worked on a good number of covers for New Europe Books over the years. She also contributed immensely to the completion of this website. She lives with her family in Budapest.


Interior Design 

Yogesh Kukshal  is the owner of Knowledge Publishing Services (KPS), based in Delhi, India, which has been designing interiors for New Europe Books titles reliably for years. KPS is one of the leading providers of publishing services in India, with specialization in copyediting, typesetting, cover design, electronic proofreading (EPR), eBooks, indexing, and abstracting. KPS has been catering its services to various US and European clients for the past ten years. Find them at http://www.knowledgepublishing.co.in



Karen Olchváry was previously a production editor and paperbacks manager at Princeton University Press and has degrees from Rutgers University and Susquehanna University. She lives in Hamilton, New Jersey, with her husband Peter, and their two sons, Colin & Liam.



Jeremy Wang-Iverson, the owner of Vesto P.R. & Books, is a literary publicist and publishing consultant with over ten years of experience in all aspects of book marketing. Previous positions include senior publicity roles for Granta Magazine, Bloomsbury Publishing, Oxford University Press as well as sales and marketing roles for Berghahn Books and Princeton University Press. Currently he works closely also with Zone Books, overseeing publicity and international rights, and he is also the US Publicity Associate for Bookshaped, a firm based in the UK. He was born in New York City, grew up in East Amwell, New Jersey, and graduated from Tufts University.. Find him at http://www.vestopr.com.


Student Assistants

New Europe Books wouldn't be what it is without the support of student assistants--we prefer to call them editorial associates---who devote their time and energy each year alongside their coursework. Recently these have included Lauren Levite, Paige Vincent, and Nicolas Bassett of the Massachusetts College; and Susan Kennedy and Wesley Haaf of Bennington College.