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The Champaca Book Subscription

Introducing our first subscription plan: a parcel of carefully curated, specially chosen books in the mail every month just for you! The books we have picked come from across genres and the world. The titles include new releases, as well as earlier published titles that we think are worth reading. Depending on the month, these books will be paired with companion books that we think enhance the reading experience.

Sign up now for subscriptions that will begin in March.

 

Plan Details

Sign up from different plans—for six and twelve months, in basic and advanced options.

Advanced plans give you free access to events, the Champaca Book Community, and the Champaca Book Club with Somak Ghoshal! We are excited to create a space where readers can come together and form a community, and to bring these books alive in interesting ways and enhance your reading through conversations. In our book club meetings so far, we have been able to interact with and discuss books with the people that brought them to us—writers, translators, publishers. Click here to learn more. 

You can also choose to support us by becoming a Champaca Super Member for twelve months. You will have access to all advanced features, an exclusive member discount on all book purchases, and exclusive events.

 

Here’s all the translations we've sent out so far in the Book Subscription! 

Each box includes a curation note written by Team Champaca. In some months, we also sent out companion books. You can find all the books, as well as special one-time subscription boxes, here.

Our July book was Chandrabati’s Ramayan, which was accompanied by an exciting companion book, Lost Loves by Arshia Sattar! Chandrabati’s Ramayan, a 2020 release by Zubaan, is Nabaneeta Deb Sen’s sterling translation of the 16th century feminist retelling of the Ramayana by Chandrabati, a pioneering woman poet in Bangla.

August's book is Cox by Christoph Ransmayr, Simon Pare’s translation for Seagull Books! When James Cox, the eponymous English clockmaker, is invited by the Chinese Emperor to the Forbidden City to make automata for him, he isn’t prepared for the imagination and demands of the emperor that tests his professional skill and puts his life in peril.

In September, subscribers received Preeto, along with a companion book. Preeto is a collection of Urdu short stories by male writers gathered together in translation by Rakshanda Jalil, looking at the male gaze of the female body.

In October, we read The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder. The novel revolves around a brilliant professor of mathematics, who, after an accident, can remember only the last eighty minutes of his life, and a quietly caring housekeeper, who keeps him fed and safe. 
Our November book was Unni R’s The Cock is the Culprit, translated J Devika. It is a novel is about the realities of living in close-knit village communities, where living and dreaming merge, and straying from the muddy roads of the place where you live is not easily forgiven. 
In December, we sent out International Booker Prize longlisted Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin, translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell. Little Eyes is a speculative novel set in what feels eerily like our immediate futures, which explores the contradictory role that technology plays in our lives — a comforting source of companionship, and a prying tool for surveillance.