As of January 31st Random House Children’s Books is discontinuing the frontlist publishing program of Berkeley-based Tricycle Press, the 18-year-old children’s book imprint. As part of the change, v-p and publisher Nicole Geiger and her four-person editorial team will leave the company on the 31st as well. Tricycle marketing and publicity manager Laura Mancuso will stay on in the same capacity at RHCB.
Random House purchased Tricycle’s parent, Ten Speed Press in 2009, and RHCB has been responsible for Tricycle since February. RHCB will continue to sell and support the press’s backlist under the Tricycle name. No decision has been reached yet on what imprints will publish titles currently under contract.
Ten Speed Press, also in Berkeley and now an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, is not affected by the decision. It will continue to operate under the leadership of Aaron Wehner.