The Dahomey Warrior Gu
The Dahomey Warrior Gu, from "Journeys of the Iron Man," in River of Ink: Literature, History, Art
Magu, protector of women and goddess of cannabis
Magu, protector of women and goddess of cannabis, from "The Art of Tao," in River of Ink: Literature, History, Art
abul hasan, squirrels in a plane tree
Abul Hasan, Squirrels in a Plane Tree (detail), from 1616: The World in Motion
Eva Peron dispensing charity
Eva Peron dispensing charity, from "Eva Peron in Life and Myth," in River of Ink: Literature, History, Art
José Ángel Valente, <em>Landscape with Yellow Birds</em>
José Ángel Valente, Landscape with Yellow Birds
Lewis Carroll at age 23
Lewis Carroll at age 23, from "Dodgson's Dodges," in River of Ink: Literature, History, Art
River of Ink: Literature, History, Art
River of Ink: Literature, History, Art, detail of cover image
how to get a book published
Click to read Tom's comments on the publishing industry and his advice on getting your book published
Colf, by Hendrik Avercamp
Colf (precursor of golf), early 17th c., by Hendrik Avercamp, from 1616: The World in Motion
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Still from Travellers and Magicians by Khyentse Norbu, from River of Ink: Literature, History, Art
Ambassadors to Rome, fresco at the Quirinale
Ambassadors to Rome, fresco at the Quirinale, from 1616: The World in Motion

Thomas Christensen

My most recent book,River of Ink:Literature, History, Art, was published by Counterpoint Press in December 2014. My previous book, Landscape with Yellow Birds (2013), was a translation of selected poems of José Ángel Valente, and 2012 saw 1616: The World in Motion, thematically interwoven stories from a single year of early maritime globalism. Both of those books were nominated for Northern California Book Reviewers Awards.

Earlier titles include New World/New Words: Recent Writing from the Americas; The U. S.–Mexican War; and The Discovery of America, as well as translations of books by such authors as Laura Esquivel, Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Alejo Carpentier, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. I've been a publisher and book designer, and I'm currently the nonfiction editor of Catamaran Literary Reader.

More about Tom here.


Reading at the Library of Congress, September 2013

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This site embraces the full gamut of print and electronic publication, from concept through distribution (with occasional forays into other areas). My main focuses are literary, artistic, and historical content; editorial issues; design and typesetting; production; promotion, and bringing content to readers.

The name Right Reading may bring to mind the noble eightfold path of Buddhism: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.


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“Truffle-rich, cumin-exotic, from Mutanabi Street to Céline's ballets, Gutenberg and the Koreans, a winged sphinx and an iron man and Nur Jahan-- oh, and a beturbaned Sadakichi Hartmann-- these world-trotting essays make one groovy box of idea-chocolates."
—C. M. Mayo on River of Ink : Literature, History, Art

"Beautiful and profound.” —Gary Snyder on 1616: The World in Motion

“Thomas Christensen’s crystalline translation has made it worth the wait.”
—Eliot Weinberger on Landscape with Yellow Birds

“Christensen has achieved the seemingly impossible— assembling a compact yet comprehensive volume.” —The Review of Contemporary Fiction on New World / New Words

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—Carlos Fuentes on The U.S.-Mexican War

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