In an industry that sees its fair share of mergers and acquisitions, HarperCollins’s 2014 deal for leading romance publisher Harlequin has been a perfect match. And with the introduction of new Harlequin imprints—and new directions—readers, too, are now seeing the benefits of the deal.
On Friday morning, June 2, Harlequin reps will be in the Librarians’ Lounge to showcase the company's new imprints, along with a great group of authors. Scheduled to appear are:
Neil Olson, author of The Black Painting (Hanover Square, Jan. 2018), a debut mystery which will be among the first titles published by the nascent imprint.
Led by editorial director Peter Joseph, former executive editor of the Thomas Dunne imprint at St. Martin’s Press, Hanover Square Press will focus on general fiction, narrative history, journalism, and memoir, starting in January 2018.
“Our aim is to reach a broad audience of readers who value engrossing, original stories that feature little-known facts, unique perspectives, and unusual experiences,” Joseph says. Inaugural Hanover Square titles will also include works of narrative nonfiction by ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and author David Fisher.
Christopher Meades, author of Hanna Who Fell from the Sky (Sept.) which will be published by Park Row Books, a new literary fiction line from Harlequin Trade Publishing.
The new line will be led by v-p of general fiction Margaret Marbury and editorial director Erika Imranyi. In addition to Meades’s forthcoming “powerful meditation on how we define ourselves,” Park Row launched this spring with Benjamin Ludwig’s Ginny Moon, and will publish works by authors including Mary Kubica, Heather Gudenkauf, Elizabeth Heathcote, and Phaedra Patrick.
Eva Woods, author of Something Like Happy (Sept.), will kick off the inaugural list for the new imprint Graydon House Books. The imprint will focus on commercial women’s fiction, overseen by Dianne Moggy, v-p, editorial, and editorial director Susan Swinwood.
Titles will be aimed at book club readers and run the gamut from humor through emotional tearjerkers to edgier dramas.
“We’re seeing a real shift toward bigger, more layered commercial fiction, where the characters are dealing with a variety of relationships—with siblings, spouses, friends, lovers,” says Swinwood, “and that’s where Graydon House’s focus will be.”
Other titles slated to appear under Graydon House include Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer and Now That You Mention It by bestselling author Kristan Higgins.
Brianna Wolfson is the author of Rosie Colored Glasses (Mira, Feb. 2018). Wolfson’s debut novel creates an unforgettable character in 11-year-old Willow, who wrestles with a family tragedy that mirrors Wolfson’s own.
Mira editors compare the book to a fictional version of Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle crossed with the quirk of a (much) darker version of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette.
Friday, June 2, from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.at the PW BookExpo Librarians’ Lounge (Booth 875).