Roskilde Bogcafé is an independent non-profit institution. It has existed since 1978, first as a bookstore and antiquarian bookseller, and since 1997 as a publishing firm under the name BATZER & CO. We started with the publication of a number of classics: Blake, Rimbaud, Kafka, Hesse, Dostojevskij, Tolkien, Rilke, Kerouac and Ginsberg – earning us a reputation as a high quality publisher. In recent years, our catalogue has presented mostly new literature, though. Three of our authors have been awarded the Nobel Prize: Imre Kertész in 2002, Herta Müller in 2009 and Mo Yan in 2012. Our biggest star, however, is the Norwegian novelist, Per Petterson, who has received multiple awards, among them the IMPAC-prize and the Nordic Council Literature Prize (Nordisk Råds Litteraturpris) in 2009.
Despite being a small publishing company with 10-15 publications each year and only three permanent employees, we hold a special position in the Danish literary world. Our books are reviewed in all the major newspapers, our authors regularly attend literary festivals, and the company enjoys a widespread respect. In 2010 several papers ran large features about ‘the small publisher that won more awards than the all the big publishing houses’. Even Neue Züricher Zeitung printed an article about Batzer & Company. http://www.nzz.ch/die-unsterblichen-koenige-von-roskilde-1.4226300
Our greatest successes the last couple of years has been the Icelandic author Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Elizabeth Strout who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009, the German authors Judith Hermann and Eugen Ruge, who won the Deutscher Buchpreis, the russian author Mikhail Sjijskin, who won a handful of Russian prizes, and the Nobelprize winner Mo Yan.
In 2014 we published – among others – Michael Ondaatje and Teju Cole. Our Finnish author Kjell Westö won the Nordisk Literary Prize and our German author, Lutz Seiler, won the Deutscher Buchpreis. And one of our athors, Neel Mukherjee, was nominated for the Man Booker-prize.
Two of our athors were nominated for the Nordic Litteratur prize 2015: Jon Fosse and Jón Kalman Stefánsson. The prize winner was Jon Fosse.