Literary independent publisher Alma Books has been awarded a grant of more than £12,000 by Arts Council England, through the National Lottery, for the publication of two books in September and October.
This is the first time the publisher, founded by Italian husband and wife team Elisabetta Minervini and Alessandro Gallenzi, has received funding since Alma launched in 2005.
The Richmond-based outfit, which specialises in contemporary fiction with a focus on translation, will use the money to produce English language editions of All Men Are Liars, by prize-winning Argentinian author Alberto Manguel, and Letters from London and Europe, the first translation of part of the letters of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of The Leopard.
Alma Books take unsolicited manuscripts but publish literary fiction and a few non-fiction titles with a strong literary or historical connotation only NOT children's books, poetry, academic works, science fiction, horror, fantasy or other genres that do not fit in with their programme. You can see full submissions guidelines on the Publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts page on this web site or by clicking here for Alma Books submissions page
Dedalus Books has also received a grant of £26,900 for 2010/2011. Dedalus is mainly a publisher of literary fiction and began publishing in 1983. On it's web site Dedalus states "Dedalus has its publishing programme in place until November 2010.Unless new sponsorship can be found, Dedalus's ability to commission new work is strictly limited."