San Francisco indie publisher Two Lines Press will launch Calico, a new book line focused on works of translated literature, in March 2020. The line, the publisher said, will be "curated around a particular theme, region, language, historical moment, or style" and published "in vibrant, collectible editions." Calico will release two new books a year.
“While each Calico book will zoom in on specific styles, topics, and regions, the series will build into a composite portrait of today’s vast and rich literary landscape," Sarah Coolidge, editor of the series, said in a statement. "What’s more, Calico books explore aspects of the present moment without the usual limitations of book publishing: genre, form, style, or a single author."
The first title to be published in the new line is That We May Live: Speculative Chinese Fiction, an anthology of speculative short fiction from China and Hong Kong to be published on March 10 of next year. Some of the stories are from previously untranslated writers. The second, as-of-yet untitled book will be of Arabic poetry, and will be published in September of next year.