April 11- April 17, 2011 Edition Random House Revives Hogarth Press

LONDON/NEW YORK/AUTHORLINK NEWS/April 11, 2011—Random House has announced the revival of Hogarth Press, founded by literary giants Virginia and Leonard Woolf. The new fiction imprint will be launched on both sides of the Atlantic by Random House in the summer of 2012.

Hogarth will focus on “contemporary, character rich” publishing. It will publish between eight and 10 books a year in the United States. The UK wing of the imprint will publish a smaller number of titles each year, with the list comprising exclusively of titles published by its US sister.

Molly Stern, senior vice-president and publisher at Crown will oversee the imprint in the US. Clara Farmer, Chatto & Windus publishing director will head it up the UK unit.

Among the lead titles in both territories is I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits, originally acquired by Crown’s Lindsay Sagnette from Scott Moyers of the Wylie Agency, and The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, bought by Chatto’s Hardie from Arabella Stein on behalf of Nicole Aragi. I am Forbidden is a three-generation saga set in the secretive Hasidic Satmar sect. The Watch is set in modern-day Kandahar, following an Afghan woman who is demanding the return of her brother’s body from a US military base.

“This dynamic new venture marks the timely revival of the Hogarth name for a new generation, and for a transatlantic ­audience,” said Farmer.

“The original Hogarth Press has been a treasured and vital part of Chatto’s identity for 65 years, and its books remain distinct from the new list, which will also be housed within Chatto & Windus.”

The Woolfs founded Hogarth Press in 1917 and early publications included T S Eliot’s The Waste Land. It was acquired by Chatto in 1946.