About Us


Mont-Saint Michel, France*

Detour Books: Found in Translation launched as a woman-owned, independent online bookstore on October 1, 2020 from our headquarters in Easthampton, MA. We joined a swell of new business owners around America who were compelled to take a detour in their work lives due to the changes brought on by the Covid19 pandemic.

We are working directly with writers, translators, scholars, small and large publishers to provide a source for the diverse voices of world literature in English translation with a focus on Yiddish writers.

We also offer curated children’s books as a way of connecting parents and kids with stories that reveal cultural diversity, motivate world travel, and learning new languages.

A tiny marketplace of uncommon decorative textiles, notecards and educational toys has evolved alongside our selective catalog of books. Find unique gift ideas for the travelers, readers, writers, and the kids in your life.

The "we" is a small team of friends and colleagues who have helped push this venture out into cyberspace. With their support in editing, publishing, and marketing we have made a start.

Please let us know how your user experience goes in our marketplace via email at sami (at) detourbooks (dot) com

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* Books take us places, but it's always good to get your feet on the ground. Travel is as essential as reading. Explore Mont-Saint Michel in Normandy, France.