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Where Are We Located?

Clevo Books, located in downtown Cleveland, is an independent bookstore that focuses on translated books in fiction and nonfiction. The majority of our book selections and different genres of books were originally written in different languages and then translated into English. We at Clevo Books love exploring foreign cultures as a way to enrich our understanding of our own culture!

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Our name

The name ‘Clevo Books’ pays homage to our hometown, Cleveland. As the home to over 100 ethnic communities, Cleveland is a microcosm of the entire world. In the same way that Cleveland has attracted so many different immigrants from different cultures around the world, Clevo Books aims to become that bridge between English readers and foreign language writers, through our many different fiction and nonfiction translated books.

Translated Books

Not all books in the world are written in English. Maybe some of us can read foreign languages, but even the greatest polyglots can’t be expected to read in every language. If we want to read the literature of the world, it has to be in a language we can understand. We offer books in translation, because translation will bring us more of the entertaining content from around the world that we want.

Variety of Books

We offer a variety of books that are translated into English, in both fiction and nonfiction. Some genres of books we offer include: classical, modern, and children’s literature, science fiction, philosophy, history, right up to cozy mysteries and crime fiction books, and so much more!

Our Founder

Clevo Books was founded by Cathryn Siegal-Bergman. Cathryn moved to Cleveland at a young age and graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and German. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Translation Studies from the Institute for Applied Linguistics at Kent State University.

Cathryn worked as a freelance translator for various direct clients on different translated books, including publishers. She is a big believer in giving credit to translators who work so hard to provide us with different and unique fiction and nonfiction books!

Cathryn translated different cookbooks and other nonfiction books that then inspired her to create Clevo Books, and she hopes to share some of that same enthusiasm with you!

Come visit Clevo Books today for an international experience like nowhere else in Cleveland!

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Marc Lansley

Marc is from Germany and the Store Manager for Clevo Books. Marc came to the United States in 2015 and speaks English, French, and German fluently. He is the main curator for our selection of books you see!

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We would love to hear from you! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

530 Euclid Ave #45a Downtown Cleveland, OH 44115

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