Publishing house Orlando

About publishing house Orlando

Dutch publishing house Orlando started almost 10 years ago as an imprint of AW Bruna Publishers for translated upmarket & literary fiction. Founder Jacqueline Smit bought the imprint and since 2017 Uitgeverij Orlando bv is an independent publishing house, since 2018 Ingrid Meurs is co-owner and co-publisher. Both Jacqueline and Ingrid have more than 25 years of experience in publishing and are now rebuilding the list, publishing literary fiction and non-fiction titles by both male and female authors, both fiction and nonfiction, publishing around 12 to 15 titles a year.

We aim to bring the best stories from around the world to readers of Dutch, so that means around 80% of our books are translations.

We celebrate world literature with the likes of Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), Claudia Schreiber (Germany), Linda Olsson (Sweden), Ayesha Arruna Attah (Ghana), Jo Kyung-ran (Korea) and Turkish authors Burhan Sönmez and Saygin Ersin; we learn from history with historical novels by Tracy Chevalier and Madeline Miller; we explore modern American and English life with authors as Alice Hoffman, Barbara Kingsolver, Sarah Winman and Joanna Cannon; we reach out to young readers with Instagram poet Rupi Kaur; we inspire home cooks with culinary detectives by South African Sally Andrew; and our Dutch non-fiction authors –  Lisette Kreischer and Stella Damstra – influence the opinions and beliefs of readers.

Also we have just launched a literary classics list, starting with the novel Orlando by Virginia Woolf and short stories by Jean Rhys and Leonora Carrington.

From literary and historical fiction to poetry and cookery, Orlando is the home of international literature at its best.

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