Deep Vellum Publishing to release a collection of stories from temporarily U.S.-banned Muslim nations

Dallas-based nonprofit literary arts organization Deep Vellum Publishing will release Banthology: Stories From Banned Nations later this month. The idea for the collection of stories was created in response to the current U.S. administration’s Executive Order 13769, which temporarily banned travel to and from certain Muslim nations. Banthology was published in partnership with Manchester UK-based Comma Press.

Banthology brings together specially commissioned stories by writers from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya in a powerful and poignant reflection on the effects of restricting any type of movement. The stories are told through a range of approaches, from satire to allegory, bearing witness to the emotional and personal impact of existing and potential bans.

A statement on the organization’s website says that “This is the type of book Deep Vellum was founded to publish.”

The statement continues with “Literature offers a means to bring cultures into conversation, to share stories, build connections, grow empathy. The stories in Banthology reflect the shared experience of the human condition that unites us all, and no hateful political ban will ever be stronger than the bonds of our shared humanity.”

Banthology will be released on Mar. 27. You can pre-order it here.


Deep Vellum Publishing is a not-for-profit literary arts organization that seeks to enhance the open exchange of ideas among cultures and to connect the world’s greatest writers with English-language readers through publishing international literature in translation, while fostering the art and craft of translation, and promoting a more vibrant literary community in the Dallas community and beyond. Find out more on the organization’s website. publishes every week.
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