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Ruge to set up Hanser Berlin in new year
20.12.11 | Anja Seig
Former Berlin Verlag publisher and founder Elisabeth Ruge, who left the Bloomsbury-owned trade publisher after Bloomsbury's global restructuring in the spring, is setting up a new imprint for Hanser, the Munich-based literary powerhouse.
Hanser Berlin will publish its first full list in autumn 2012. Among the 10 start titles will be new books by Richard Ford, Henning Ritter and Richard Sennett, who have all formerly been published by Berlin Verlag and Bloomsbury Berlin.
Ruge arrives at Hanser Berlin with a number of key personnel who have all been working with her at Berlin Verlag: fiction editor Julia Graf; non-fiction editor Ludger Ikas; and Thomas Rohde as head of publicity. "The start list will show continuity as well as being a new beginning. I have been very lucky to be able to set up something new in Berlin for one of the few remaining independent publishers" said Ruge in a statement.
Elisabeth Ruge founded Berlin Verlag in 1994 with Arnulf Conradi and Veit Heinrichen. In 2003 the publishing house was sold to Bloomsbury, two years later Conradi retired and Ruge took over as publisher.
In another piece of news from Bloomsbury's German publishing arm, Dorothee Grisebach has announced her imminent retirement after 10 years as editor-in-chief of Bloomsbury Berlin. Birgit Schmitz, who was recently appointed editorial director of Berlin Verlag and paperback publisher Bloomsbury Taschenbücher, will take over responsibility for Bloomsbury Berlin as well.