Illustrated book publisher Abrams is to launch a new text-driven imprint with a focus on narrative non-fiction called Abrams Press.
Abrams Press will publish books that cover a range of categories including popular culture, film, art, design, general-interest science, nature and food topics. The imprint’s logo, designed by Abrams' creative director John Gall, joins a family of logos introduced in fall 2016 as part of a wider rebranding program.
Executive editor Jamison Stoltz has been charged with shaping the vision of the new imprint with the goal of acquiring a select list of "great books by great writers". He said: “I am thrilled with the list we are putting together for Abrams Press. These are all extraordinarily talented writers who offer unique perspectives on fascinating and diverse subjects.”
The first book to be published under Abrams Press will be Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by bestselling author Michael Ruhlman. The book, which was acquired by Abrams publisher Michael Sand, offers a provocative look at food issues through the lens of the supermarket, exploring the ways in which we produce, market, and consume our food. It will be published on 16th May.
Highlights of the Abrams Press autumn 2017 list include Two-Dimensional Man by Paul Sahre, a "highly original" illustrated memoir by the acclaimed graphic designer; Breaking Bad 101 by television critic Alan Sepinwall, a critical companion to the cutting-edge show and A Stash of One’s Own edited by Clara Parkes, a collection of literary essays from "some of the biggest names" in the knitting world.
The spring 2018 season features a collection of "moving, eye-opening" personal essays by refugee writers edited by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen; Evil by renowned psychologist Dr. Julia Shaw, an irreverent look at what “evil” is, why we think it exists, and how we can better understand the dark side of life; A Grand Success! by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, and Nick Park, a collective memoir from the founders of Aardman Animations and the Oscar-winning creator, writer, and director of many of their beloved films; and Godforsaken Grapes, a wide-ranging exploration of obscure and under-appreciated wine grapes, by Jason Wilson.
President and c.e.o. Michael Jacobs said: “With Abrams Press, we are realizing a long-standing desire to add timely, thought-provoking narrative books to our already successful adult publishing portfolio. We want to publish more writers in our own special way. With the launch of Abrams Press, it is our moment to do so".
Abrams is distributed in the UK by Abrams & Chronicle Books.