We founded Transit Books on the belief that the power of literature lies in its ability to bridge cultural divides, deepen our literary and political imaginations, and educate the heart—a power that gains force with each reader and conversation. 

Being a nonprofit publishing house means our mission steers our ship, and the generous support of our community of readers, thinkers, and educators puts the wind in our sails. Contributions of any amount go a long way to helping us publish the best work from around the world and invite new paths of conversation between our readers in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Transit Book club

Gifts of $180 or more give you access to the Transit Book Club. By joining the Transit Book Club, you’ll receive first editions of five Transit titles and the chance to read exceptional new books from around the world—weeks before they hit stores. Here's what you need to know:

  • It's easy! Donate $180 or more, and we’ll send you first editions of five of our upcoming books.

  • Join any time of year. If a book's already out, we'll start counting from the next five.

  • Book Club memberships are only available in the United States.

Members of our Captain's Circle enjoy inside access to the press through conversations with Transit authors, editors, and translators, in addition to the benefits of the Transit Book Club. 

If you are interested in other giving options, such as corporate matching funds or sponsoring an event or author tour, write to us at editors [at] transitbooks [dot] org.


Transit Books is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your donation will be tax deductible to the full extent of the law.