Crime fiction house Crooked Lane Books is launching Alcove Press, an imprint that will focus on commercial fiction. Its first titles will be released in September.

Headed by Crooked Lane publisher Matt Martz, Alcove Press will specialize in "book club fiction" that explores family, friendship, and community in stories. The imprint will also highlight debut as well as established authors on its list.

The new imprint will offer 10 titles in the fall, including romantic comedies, historical fiction, and speculative fiction. Alcove Press titles will be distributed to the trade by Penguin Random House and Biagi Literary Management will handle rights representation.

Among the first titles to be released will be, All Stirred Up by Brianne Moore, set for September; in October look for Every Now and Then by Lesley Kagen and Once Again by Catherine Wallace Hope; Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair and Glimmer As You Can by Danielle Martin will be released in November; and in December comes The Butterfly Effect by Rachel Mans McKenny.

Crooked Lane, which is owned by Bookspan, has also partnered with Dreamscape Media, the entertainment arm of library media vendor Midwest Tape, to produce and distribute Alcove Press titles as audiobooks.