Turner Publishing Company has acquired Los Angeles–based Prospect Park Books. The purchase, which officially closed on January 31, comprises more than 100 existing titles and approximately 11 titles in the process of being published. Turner, headquartered in Nashville, bought the assets of Prospect Park, including its titles, inventory, the name, and other intellectual property.
Turner CEO Todd Bottorff said he will maintain the Prospect Park Books and Tiger Van imprints and will continue to publish books under those imprints. Prospect Park was founded in 2006 by Colleen Dunn Bates, and has primarily focused on publishing regional titles, cookbooks, humor, and fiction.
“Colleen has done impressive work building a great list of award-winning, beautifully written and designed books. We are honored that she would choose Turner to carry her publishing program forward,” Bottorff said in a statement. Bates, well-known in indie publisher circles and president of Pub West, said she was happy her authors found a home at Turner.
Bottorff has built Turner up through a series of acquisitions and organic growth, which included the launch of Keylight Books in April. It has a backlist of more than 5,000 titles. With the acquisition, which was brokered by the Fisher Company, distribution of Prospect’s books will switch from Ingram’s Consortium Book Sales unit to Ingram Publisher Services.