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Alessandra Bastagli is the editorial director at Nation Books. Formerly a digital features editor at Al Jazeera America, she worked as a book editor for 15 years at Arcade Publishing, W.W. Norton & Co., Palgrave Macmillan and Free Press/Simon & Schuster. She is also a published translator, from the German, of Jurek Becker, and, from the Italian, of Primo Levi.