English-Language Bookstore to Open in Rome

Europa Editions in New York; its Italian parent company, Edizioni E/O; and Italian indie bookstore Altroquando are joining together to open Otherwise, an English-language bookstore in the center of Rome. Otherwise will open on Tuesday, November 21, and have an inaugural celebration party on Thursday, November 30.

Otherwise said it's inspired by "the best of the American independent bookstores and the dynamic and vital role they play in U.S. cultural life." It will offer North American editions of fiction, nonfiction, literary journals, and other periodicals as well as aim to be "a center for cultural events and a meeting place for the English-speaking community in Rome and for visitors to the city." The store will have about 860 square feet of space and will stock 5,000-10,000 titles.

Among scheduled events are a December 7 reception during the Più Libri Più Liberi festival that is being organized with the publishing houses Sur and E/O as well as a late January conversation with Ann Goldstein, English translator of Elena Ferrante and former editor at the New Yorker.

Otherwise is located at Via del Governo Vecchio 80, on Piazza di Pasquino (near Piazza Navona).

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