Chicago Review Press, a publishing subsidiary of the distributor IPG, has reached an agreement to acquire 126 select backlist titles from Fulcrum Publishing. While the acquisition is focused on backlist titles, it also includes a handful of yet-to-be published books slated to be released in 2021.

Fulcrum publisher Bob Baron said the house decided to sell off certain backlist assets in the graphic novel, gardening, natural history, and travel categories in order to focus its editorial efforts on other categories. Fulcrum Publishing specializes in books on the American West, the environment, conservation, Native American culture, education, self-help, American history, and civics. Fulcrum titles are distributed to the book trade by IPG.

Baron said that, after expanding into categories such as the graphic novel and gardening, he wanted to refocus Fulcrum on its original mission.

“Now that we are older, we want to focus on the areas we started with, creating a more focused company,” Baron said. ”The reality of the Covid pandemic also highlighted the need for a change. We are excited to be transferring these product lines and titles to Chicago Review Press and their parent company IPG, as we know they share similar values, and these titles and authors will have a good home for years to come.”