Seagull Books

Seagull Books is a publishing house that was in the city of Calcutta in West Bengal in India by Naveen Kishore founded in 1982 a lighting designer in theater.

Objectives and development

Seagull Books began with the series New Indian Playwrights in which the works were transferred from different spectacle authors from the regional languages ​​of India in the English language. Later, scripts and text books for the synchronization of completed films were added. Through the use of English as the language connected all over India, the publisher allowed the translations a broad impact not only for plays and films but led to the inclusion of art books and texts of foreign authors who were not represented so far in India.

To enable a worldwide distribution at a reasonable cost, Seagull Books has a collaboration with the University of Chicago Press for the foreign markets. Furthermore, the publisher has its own offices in London and New York, which operate independently there. The object of the branches, among others working with translators and negotiations üer licenses with publishers.

Publishing program

Today Seagull Books has about 350 titles of foreign authors in inventory. German language authors include Thomas Bernhard, Max Frisch, Dietmar Dath, Dorothee Elmiger and Joseph Vogl. There are also translations of works by Cees Nooteboom, Marc Augé, Mo Yan or Abdourahman Waberi with his novel Gate of Tears. Among the represented by the publisher in the English language Indian artists include, for example Binode Behari Mukherjee and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak as a translator, also Mahasveta Devi, Utpal Dutt and Badal Sircar.

For the cover design, the studied Anglistin Sunandini Banerjee is responsible for Seagull Books, the design is self-taught in the art.


  • 2012/2013: The Art of the Book, City Library of Cologne.