This is an archived issue of Belletrista. If you are looking for the current issue, you can find it here
Belletrista - A site promoting translated women authored literature from around the world
Our Belletrista Bag is On the Move!

(click on each of the bottom thumbnails for its entire picture)

Did you guess where our Belle bag is? Amanda in Sydney, Australia took this picture of her Belle bag at the edge of the Hawkesbury River, made notable to readers in Kate Grenville's
A Secret River.

Kate Grenville's character of William Thornhill was transported with his family to Australia in 1806. In the hopes of starting over and eventually buying his freedom, he settles his family in the primitive wilds along the Hawkesbury River, a large river northwest of Sydney. A Secret River is a riveting story of colonial life and the confrontation between the aboriginals and the settlers.

1. Top: Our Belle bag on the banks of the now not-so-secret river.
2. Bottom left: Sydney Harbour Bridge with the city proper on the left and North Sydney on the right. Thornhill (and his real counterparts) would have landed in this area first. Many of Grenville's books are set in the Sydney area.
3. Bottom center: A giant Moreton Bay fig tree (also known as a strangler fig) in the Sydney Botanical Gardens, although the tree is native to the countryside.
4. Bottom right: Another view of the Hawkesbury River courtesy of

Is your Belle bag travelling? Email us at info [at] belletrista [dot] com and tell us about it!

Donating to Belletrista

Belletrista, Inc. is a nonprofit, US corporation currently seeking tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. As a nonprofit organization, we depend on charitable contributions to cover our operating costs. Please consider becoming a part of Belletrista's international community of readers by supporting the magazine with a donation of any size.

To thank individuals who donate $50 (US) or more, we will send you our fabulous Belletrista bookbag!

Go green with this lightweight, durable tote bag made from 100% recycled content (80% recycled cotton, 20% recycled plastics).

Perfect for a day of book-shopping or the classiest bag you've ever had for groceries. 18" x 15" x 7" (46 x 38 x 18 cm)

How to Donate:

International Donors

Donate via PayPal

US Donors

Donate via PayPal

Donate via personal checks drawn on a US bank.

Make checks out to Belletrista, Inc.and sent to our home office at:

Belletrista, Inc.
16 Wilson Farm Road,
Westford, MA 01886

Currently, donations are not tax-exempt in the US. We will notify all of our contributors when we have IRS 501(c)(3) approval which, we understand, will be made retroactive to the date of our inception, August 2009.