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Clockroot Books is an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc., a publishing house founded by Michel Moushabeck in 1987 and devoted to bringing voices from around the world, and especially Arab countries, to the US. In Northampton, Massachusetts, Clockroot is nestled in the hollow of a valley bordered to the west by Herman Melville’s whale-shaped mountain, and to the east by Emily Dickinson’s Amherst. The area’s vital literary present is anchored by the five colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), excellent bookstores, and so many writers, translators, professors, and readers that the New York Times called the Pioneer Valley “arguably the most author-saturated, book-cherishing, literature-celebrating place in the nation.”

Note from the directors, February 2015:

From 2008 to 2013, we have been proud to publish groundbreaking world literature. (Please see under Books to learn more about the work of Adania Shibli, Uzma Aslam Khan, Margarita Karapanou, and the other extraordinary writers and translators with whom we were honored to work.) We regret to say that at this time the imprint has ceased publishing new titles. Our backlist will be unaffected and each of our books will remain in print and widely available through Interlink Publishing. Interlink continues the essential work of publishing great literature from around the world; see, for example, Youssef Rakha's just released The Book of the Sultan's Seal, translated by Paul Starkey. If you are interested in a desk or review copy of a Clockroot title, please contact publicity [at] interlinkbooks. Thank you for your support and readership. Yours, Hilary Plum and Pam Thompson.