About Us

Detour Books: Found in Translation launched as an online bookstore on October 1, 2020. 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 Covid19 and/or the civil unrest that has engulfed the nation.

We are working directly with writers, translators, scholars, and small 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 with stories that reveal multicultural experiences and spark the imagination of their young readers, as well as motivate world travel and learning new languages.

A tiny marketplace is evolving alongside our selective catalog of books. You will find decorative textiles--some made by local artisans, gifts for readers and writers and Yup Coffee—organic beans roasted locally with an emphasis on fair trade in the global coffee market.

About the proprietor:

Sami Keats is a photographer, edition bookbinder, lover of dogs, birds, mid-century modern design and a voracious reader. Opening this bookstore is the detour Sami took after six years managing the bookstore/museum shop for the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts—which was another fascinating corner turned.

FYI: 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@detourbooks.com. Sign up for our quarterly-ish e-newsletter down in the footer to stay in the loop for events and special offers.

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