Anchor Books will begin publishing a line of hardcovers in spring 2022, according to an announcement made by Suzanne Herz, publisher of Vintage Books and Anchor and executive v-p of Doubleday.
To be headed by Edward Kastenmeier, the line will publish between six to eight hardcovers next spring focusing on the areas of psychological suspense, mystery, and commercial fiction, as well as popular nonfiction. Kastenmeier, who had been v-p and executive editor for Vintage/Anchor, has been named editorial director, and will be assisted in building the hardcover list by editors Anna Kaufman and Caitlin Landuyt.
“This new hardcover line will bring popular fiction and nonfiction to a wide audience, applying the visionary publishing we’re already known for to a hardcover market,” Kastenmeier said in a statement. Herz added that the new initiative “gives us opportunity to grow in an area we have not traditionally had in this group. Plus we are all psychological suspense and thriller junkies." Herz noted that the move into hardcover will not diminish Vintage/Anchor’s primary role “serving as the paperback publisher for the Knopf Doubleday Group.”
The first list will include three debut novels: Brendan Slocumb’s The Violin Conspiracy; Amy McCulloch’s Breathless; and Taylor Hahn’s The Lifestyle.