Our Story

Hyphen Reads Books works towards one objective:

 

To decolonize our bookshelves—around the globe.

 

Since its official launch in February 2020, Hyphen Reads Books Inc. has been working towards challenging the status quo on popular bookshelves around the globe. This mission was conceived from the observation of imbalance in book options available for readers, an issue particularly prevalent in many Asian countries where Native American literature is severely underrepresented. This trend creates problems for authors by continuing to limit the audience of their work and does so for readers by preventing them from developing critical readerships and honoring alternative literary heritages.

To contribute to redressing these issues, Hyphen Reads Books launches a long-term project, which is to translate and publish Native American-authored books in languages other than English. In the long run, the project intends to create a sizable Native American literature series in the chosen languages so that the large volume will appeal to the readers on many levels.

Through this project, Hyphen Reads Books aims to contribute to delivering the much-needed balance to bookshelves in more countries and spreading Indigenous thoughts, vision, and values across the globe―among the ever-larger sphere of readers.

 

Join us in our deconstructing project!

 

Thank you,

Hyphen Reads Books

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