Every year, the book industry gathers at international book fairs the world over. But one essential figure has been largely excluded from these gatherings: the bookseller.
Books Across Borders is changing that
Founded in 2016, BAB awards fellowships to American booksellers to attend international book fairs, where they meet with publishers, editors, authors, agents, and other publishing professionals; connect with booksellers and with bookseller trade associations from around the world; speak on and attend panels; and visit local bookstores, distributors, cultural agencies, and literary arts organizations.

Booksellers return better connected, better informed, more aware of the international book panorama, and better equipped to put international and diverse literatures into the hands of readers.

Books Across Borders also offers a residency program that allows US booksellers to spend an extended period working at bookstores abroad and thus to take a deeper dive into a foreign book market. In 2019, the two residencies will take US booksellers to Rome, Italy, and to Calcutta, India.

BAB is assembling a directory of key international contacts and a database of resources curated directly by BAB alumni that aims to support the efforts of all booksellers—whether they are fellowship recipients or not—to bring more readers to international and diverse books.
Bookselling Without Borders [is] vying to increase the visibility of international authors and books.
—Entertainment Weekly
Turin, Italy

A Partnership with

Bookselling Without Borders is all about widening Americans’ perspectives and broadening readers’ understanding of the global landscape, not just in literature, but also in thought.
Changing Hands Bookstore


In addition to its 13 partner publishers, Bookselling Without Borders is generously supported by Ingram Content Group, media partner Shelf Awareness, and the Frankfurt Book Fair U.S. Bookseller Prize with funding from the German Foreign Office.
Given the current political climate, Reynolds and his peers from Other Press, New Press, Catapult and Graywolf felt a systematic change in the way Americans consume international fiction needed to happen - quickly.
Turin, Italy

2019 Scholarship Recipients


  • Clarissa Hadge
    Trident Booksellers & Café, Boston, MA
  • Melissa Posten
    The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO


  • Amanda Qassar
    Warwick's, La Jolla, CA
  • Natasha Gilmore
    Idlewild Books, New York, NY
  • Rebekah Rine
    Watermark Books & Café, Wichita, KS


  • Arsen Kashkashian
    Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO


  • Cristina Rodriguez
    Deep Vellum Bookstore, Dallas, TX
  • Emilie Sommer
    East City Bookshop, Washington, D.C.
  • Kelly Justice
    Fountain Bookstores, Richmond, VA


  • Chris McDonald
    Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT
  • Jonathan Woollen
    Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.
  • Lesley Rains
    City of Asylum Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA
This initiative is a good antidote to isolationism and a seed of hope for a new culture of bookselling.
—Carlo Feltrinelli, President of Gruppo Feltrinelli
Frankfurt, Germany

2019 Bookfairs