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IPG and Trafalgar Square Publishing to distribute several new publishers effective Jan. 1, 2012

December 7, 2011

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Independent Publishers Group (IPG, www.ipgbook.com), through its various distribution arms, is happy to announce it has entered into agreements with 14 new publishers for both print and electronic distribution. Beginning January 1, 2012, IPG will distribute all titles from Huron Street Press, KettleDrummer Books, Lake Claremont Press, Microcosm Publishing, Origin Press, Shift Books and Streamline Press through its General Trade distribution program.  

An affiliate of the American Library Association, Huron Street Press will debut its publishing program this spring with five titles: Build Your Own App for Fun and Profit (June), The Entrepreneur’s Starter Kit: 50 Things to Know Before Starting a Business (July), Finding Your Roots: Easy-to-Do Genealogy and Family History (July), I Don’t Want to Go to College: Other Paths to Success (June) and Read with Me: Best Books for Children from Newborn to Age 6  (May) by ALA editor Stephanie Zvirin.

Based in Philadelphia, KettleDummer Books (www.kettledrummerbooks.com) has garnered a reputation for their sophisticated comics and graphic novels. In April they will publish Young Lovecraft by José Oliver, illustrated by Bartolo Torres, a fanciful and gothic homage to H. P. Lovecraft, the master of horror.

Award-winning Lake Claremont Press (www.lakeclaremont.com) of Chicago, Ill., focuses on regional titles that showcase Chicago’s history, culture, geography, spirit and lore. Its extensive backlist includes The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats, The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History and A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream. In June, they will publish Just Add Water, a children’s book about the making of the city of Chicago by award-winning Chicago Public School teacher Renee Kreczmer.

Nonprofit publisher Microcosm Publishing (www.microcosmpublishing.com) of Portland, Oreg., will introduce four new titles in May: Railroad Semantics #1: Eugene, Portland, Pocatello, and Back!, a firsthand account of Aaron Dactyl’s grand adventures train-hopping—without a ticket—throughout the Pacific Northwest; Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy by Kristian Williams, a hard-hitting look at the state of torture in democratic societies; Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Bicycle Tours in Oregon by Ellen Thalheimer; and Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make and Store Food No Matter Where You Live by Robyn Jasko, illustrations by Jennifer Biggs. Microcosm will also publish White Elephants: On Yard Sales, Relationships, & Finding Out What Was Missing (June) and an updated edition of Barefoot and in the Kitchen: Vegan Recipes for You (July).

Origin Press (www.originpress.com) and Shift Books are both known for their quality new age and spirituality publishing. Award-winning Origin Press’ recent backlist includes A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine, Waking up in Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change and Meetings with Paul: An Atheist Meets His Guardian Angel. This spring Shift Books will publish three new titles, including Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution by renowned futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard (May), Cultivating Peace: The Art and Science of Personal and Planetary Peacemaking (June) and The Adventure of Being Human: Lessons on Soulful Living from the Heart of the Urantia Revelation (July).

Streamline Press of Long Beach, CA has garnered a reputation for publishing trend-driven and vintage lifestyle books. They will publish a second edition of Daniela Turudich’s 1940s Hairstyles in May.

Also on January 1, 2012, Trafalgar Square Publishing will begin distributing three publishers—Cutting Edge Press, Murdoch Books and Moonlight Publishing.

A bold independent publisher that started in 2010, Cutting Edge Press (www.cuttingedgepress.co.uk) publishes provocative fiction and nonfiction titles which aim to address contemporary issues in an accessible way. 100 Months—the final work of comics visionary John Hicklenton—will be available in April. Other spring titles from Cutting Edge Press include Louise Black’s The Tattooist (June), Freud on Coke (April)—a fascinating history covering Freud’s cocaine use and Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni: The True Story (April) by French television host Valerie Benaim and Yven Azeroual.

With books translated into more than 20 languages, Murdoch Books (www.murdochbooks.com.au) is the market leading publisher of food, gardening, craft and history titles in Australia. This spring, Trafalgar Square Publishing will distribute Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors with the Things You Love by Anthropologie designer Sibella Court (August), Meals in Heels: Do-ahead Dishes for the Dinner Party Diva (June), Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton (June), The Little Tapas Book: More Than 60 Tempting Little Snacks (June) and several other titles from Murdoch’s publishing program.  

Since 1982 Moonlight Publishing (www.moonlightpublishing.co.uk) has garnered international praise for illustrated information books for children that focus on answering the questions How? and Why?—how things work and why people and things interact in everyday life as they do. With the theme of discovery, they have sold more than 40 million First Discovery books in 30 languages worldwide and in five separate series: My First Discoveries, My First Discoveries Art, My First Discoveries Atlases, My First Discoveries Foldouts and My First Discoveries Music. Trafalgar Square Publishing will distribute several new titles from various First Discovery series as well as their complete backlist. Moonlight’s Close-up series introduces children to animal life. A press-out magnifying glass is included with each book, that when moved between the book’s see-through acetate pages and the black pages beneath, reveals hidden details on various topics. Let’s Look at the Pond, Let’s Look at the Ocean Depths and Let’s Look at the Vegetable Garden are three of the five new titles in the series available this April through Trafalgar Square Publishing.

Tightrope Books, Inc. (www.tightropebooks.com) has signed onto IPG’s River North Editions for distribution. River North Editions offers provocative titles from publishers worldwide that are often scholarly in nature but offer a niche, intelligent read to the general consumer. Tightrope Books publishes titles in the categories of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and anthology written exclusively by Canadian authors.

KWS Publishers (www.kwspub.com) has also joined River North Editions distribution program. A publisher of scholarly, reference and new fiction works founded in 2009, KWS is based in Chicago, with an office in London. Their titles are used as both reference tools for students and academic reference works for libraries. KWS has also developed a nice niche of revising and updating lost and out-of-print editions—important books originally published by museums, university presses and trade and academic publishers. This is the third publishing venture started by the founders of KWS Publishing, having previously founded St. James Press and Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. These earlier publishing entities won numerous industry accolades and awards. KWS Publishers was previously distributed worldwide by the University of Chicago Press.

Pambazuka Press (www.pambazuka.org) has also joined River North Editions distribution program. With bases in Nairobi, Cape Town, Dakar and Oxford, Pambazuka Press publishes a strong list of titles on human rights, social justice, politics and advocacy in Africa. Together with a Pan-African community of academics, policy makers, social activists, women’s organizations, civil society organizations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers and commentators, they produce insightful and sharp analyses in one of the largest, most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa. Their list includes approximately 12 frontlist titles and a comprehensive backlist.

Lastly, IPG is will distribute all titles from Cabaret Voltaire through its Spanish distribution arm beginning January 1, 2012. Cabaret Voltaire will publish seven titles this spring, including Jean Cocteau’s Thomas el imposter [Thomas the Imposter], translated by Montserrat Morales Peco (June) and Jean Lorraine’s Monsieur de Bougrelon, translated by Lola Bermúdez Medina (June).

Established in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, computer and general trade nonfiction and fiction titles. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. Clients include publishers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Spain and other countries. In the fall of 2006, the senior management of Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading U.S. distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and distributes for clients such as Aurum Press, Canongate UK, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Orion Publishing, Random House UK and Simon and Schuster UK.

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