Simon & Schuster in the US has launched a new literary fiction imprint called Scout Press.
The list will launch with literary agent Bill Clegg’s debut novel Did You Ever Have a Family, set for release on 15th September this year.
Scout Press will be part of the Gallery Books Group, with Gallery publisher Jennifer Bergstrom overseeing it, said Publishers Weekly.
Bergstrom said Scout Press books would be by "ambitious, conversation-starting novelists who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary fiction while also creating books that will stand the test of time".
The imprint will later this year release British author Ruth Ware's psychological thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood, being released by Harvill Secker in the UK. Ware has previously written YA fiction under the name Ruth Warburton, and she worked as a publicist at Chatto & Windus before leaving in 2014 to concentrate on her writing.
Also acquired already for Scout is Molly Prentiss’s Tuesday Nights in 1980, which will be released in spring 2016.
Gallery executive editors Alison Callahan and Karen Kosztolnyik will also be acquiring for Scout.