Penguin Random House has formed Penguin Random House Español, a new Spanish-language publishing division. The division combines the resources and personnel of Vintage Español and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial USA (PRGEUSA). It will be run out of Miami, home of PRGEUSA, under the leadership of Silvia Matute, who will serve as president of the new division.
Among those transferring to new division from the Vintage Español team will be editor Alexandra Torrealba; production editor Indira Pupo; and publicity and marketing manager Michelle Domínguez. Cristóbal Pera, publishing director of Vintage Español, will advise the transition until February next year. No further role for him was announced in the press release. The Vintage Español staff will remain in New York.
The new division, which will have 20 employees, will both acquire and publish books for the Spanish-language market in the U.S. and handle sales and distribution. PRGEUSA had been in operation since 2014 and had previously focused on commercial nonfiction, religion and children's titles, as well as pulling books from lists published by PRH companies in Mexico and Latin America. Vintage Español has focused, primarily, on a variety of literary fiction and nonfiction for adults.
"We are very proud of our position as category leader in the U.S. Spanish-language publishing market, and we know the opportunity to connect our books with an even wider audience is an important one," wrote Madeline McIntosh, CEO of PRH U.S. in a release. "With the publishing knowledge in Miami, the operational infrastructure of PRH U.S., and the editorial expertise coming from both groups, we have exactly the pieces we need to expand our publishing list and further grow our business."