Peter Blackstock has been appointed to the role of publisher at Atlantic Books imprint Grove Press UK.
Blackstock, who started at the US branch of the press in 2011, will direct the UK imprint, working closely with group associate publisher Clare Drysdale and the rest of the Atlantic Books team. He will also work alongside campaigns executive Sophie Walker, who will now manage marketing for all Grove Press UK titles, and head of campaigns and associate publisher Karen Duffy.
In the US, Blackstock has published authors including Bernardine Evaristo, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Sayaka Murata, and Douglas Stuart, longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize for Shuggie Bain. He will remain in New York and continue all his previous editorial duties at Grove Atlantic, but will travel to the UK to attend sales conferences and for other work-related visits. Led by Drysdale in London, the Atlantic Books team will continue to handle sales and distribution for the imprint's list of 12–15 titles a year.
Morgan Entrekin, c.e.o. and publisher at Grove Atlantic, said: "Grove Press UK was established with the strategy of co-ordinating publications in all English-language markets. We bring our author-centric philosophy to our publishing there, and we’ve had success with many of our books, from Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ Small Fry to Madhuri Vijay’s The Far Field to Scotty Bowers’ Full Service, so we’re excited to be doing more with the imprint there."
Blackstock told The Bookseller: “I’m thrilled to be working with Grove Press UK in a more official way and to look for opportunities to bring in select authors we aren’t publishing in the States. The team at Atlantic are amazing and it will be a joy to work more closely with them. I’m crossing fingers that a non-virtual meeting might be possible before too long!”