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Ranson Leaves Lumen to Launch Nocturnum Press
Judith Rosen -- 9/14/98
In June, Sadi Ranson, editorial director and founder of the two-year-old Lumen Editions, the trade division of Brookline Books (Cambridge, Mass.), a professional publisher devoted to books on parenting and disabilities, left to found Nocturnum Press, an independent literary publisher, in Boston. Ranson holds the position of publisher/editorial director, while her partner, Douglas Baker, a former member of Lumen's advisory board, has been named director. The other members of Lumen's advisory board, including Nobel laureate Saul Bellow, fiction writer Andre Dubus and Atlantic Monthly senior editor and fiction editor C. Michael Curtis, have also left Lumen to join the board of Nocturnum.
According to Brookline Books publisher Milton Budoff, the reason for the break with Brookline was that "Ranson just wanted to do her own thing." Budoff plans to continue the Lumen imprint and to publish Lumen books that were in production at the time of Ranson's departure. Among them is celebrity journalist Marian Christy's Conversations: Famous Women Speak Out, which is slated for October publication in trade paper. Both Brookline Books and Nocturnum Press are distributed by Consortium.

Like Lumen, Nocturnum will publish in paperback only. Ranson considers hardcovers too costly for a small, independent press to produce and unnecessary for review attention. Initially print runs for Nocturnum books will begin at 3000 copies, with larger runs of 5000-7000 copies slated for the spring releases.
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