Welcome to Mandel Vilar Press

"MVP will be devoted to publishing the numerous great writers overlooked by corporate publishers and with no doubt will live up to Franz Kafka’s mandate that 'A book must be the axe of the frozen sea within us.'"



"MVP will help open up our cultural borders and will play a vital role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant democracy and cultural literacy. Less than 1% of US readers read in translation. In contrast, in some European countries such as France and Germany the figure is closer to 30%. There is much to ponder about the health of a nation when its peoples don’t read across cultures. This ignorance breeds bigotry and prejudice. It is clear that publishing translations is one urgent mandate for the making of an empathic, global citizen. This is why the launch of MVPress is so momentous."




MVP serves as a conduit of multicultural exchange and a crucial channel for majoritizing minority literature and peoples.


MVP is one of only a handful of publishers dedicated to connecting the literature of the Americas.


MVP brings underrepresented literatures and a much needed diversity to a larger English speaking readership!

H.E. The Ambassador of Mexico Esteban Moctezuma


H.E. The Ambassador of Greece Alexandra Papadopoulou

Proudly invite you to a special evening

With internationally acclaimed Mexican-Greek author


Mr. Aridjis will read from, discuss and answer questions about his most

recent book, Smyrna in Flames, a biographical and historical novel about

the 1922 destruction of the ancient port city of Smyrna, co-published by

Mandel Vilar Press and Dryad Press.

Friday, November 18, 2022

at 6:30 p.m



2829 16th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20009


It’s been over 30 years since Congress enacted the most recent set of comprehensive immigration reforms: the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and the Immigration Act of 1990. These bipartisan yet hotly contested bills passed only after a debate spanning five presidential administrations, eight congressional sessions, and painful compromises by all parties. Even then, both bills died on the House floor before being resurrected at the 11th hour.

Can lessons learned during the last round of reform be applied to future debates? Charles Kamasaki, author of “Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die” (Mandel Vilar Press, 2019), thinks so. The book provides a history of how the 1980s-era reforms were enacted along with a summary of developments since then. It concludes with seven lessons that advocates and lawmakers should consider in advancing future immigration reform.

Join us for this discussion with Mr. Kamasaki, Cornell Law School professor Steve Yale-Loehr, and Wall Street Journal immigration reporter Michelle Hackman.

Register here


NEWSJune 1/2022

Mandel Vilar Press and Fig Tree Books LLC  

Form A Strategic Partnership

Effective immediately, FTB has become an imprint of  MVP.  

Robert Mandel said, “Fig Tree’s mission of publishing the best literature of the American Jewish  experience dovetails extraordinarily well with Mandel Vilar Press’s mission of advancing diversity and conservation in the book economy and bringing underrepresented literature of the Americas to a wide audience.”  READ MORE


Fall 2022

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Days & Nights                                        with Susan Sontag & George Steiner    

by Robert Boyers


Maestros & Monsters explores Boyer’s friendships with two major twentieth century secular Jewish intellectuals who achieved celebrity status—Susan Sontag on a global scale, George Steiner principally in Europe and the US. Read more here.

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The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir

by George Salton

with Anna Salton Eisen


This new and expanded Twentieth Anniversary Edition of the Holocaust memoir of George Salton (then Lucjan Salzman) gives readers a personal and powerful account of his survival through one of the darkest periods in human history.  Read more here.


Pillar of Salt

Pillar of Salt

Anna Salton Eisen

Smyrna in Flames

Smyrna in Flames

Homero Aridjis



Judy Bolton-Fasman

The Hot Summer of 1968, A Novel

The Hot Summer of 1968, A Novel

Viliam Klimáček

Doctor On Call

Doctor On Call

Dr. Alla Shapiro

Small Bibles for Bad Times:

Small Bibles for Bad Times:

Atlan Liliane

Can Robots Be Jewish?

Can Robots Be Jewish?

Amy Schwartz

Growing Up Below Sea Level

Growing Up Below Sea Level

Biale Rachel

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