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February 28 – March 6, 2008 Edition
NEW YORK, NY/2/26/2008The Monacelli Press, a leading visual arts book publisher, has been acquired by Random House, Inc., the world’s largest trade book publisher. The Press, established in 1994, will give Random House access to more than 250 books on architecture, the fine arts, interior design, landscape architecture, photography, and graphic design. Terms of the agreement, completed this month, were not disclosed.
The Monacelli Press will be an independent imprint within Random House, maintaining its editorial identity and publishing direction. Publisher and Founder Gianfranco Monacelli will continue to oversee the Press, moving with his staff to Random House’s Manhattan offices. Sales and distribution of all Monacelli Press titles, currently handled by Penguin, will be assumed by Random House effective July 1.
Among well-known names on The Monacelli Press list are the architects Robert A.M. Stern, Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Moneo, Bernard Tschumi, Richard Meier, and Renzo Piano; the interior designers Vicente Wolf and Keith Irvine; the photographers Camilo Vergara, Jake Rajs, Alex Webb, and Thomas Struth; the designer Bruce Mau; the artists Damien Hirst, Eric Fischl, and Kiki Smith; and the authors Victoria Newhouse, Paul Goldberger, Charles Jencks, Arthur Danto, and Michael Sorkin.
“We welcome The Monacelli Press as a unique publishing program within Random House and look forward to providing growth opportunities for our new colleagues’ business and a broader readership for their distinguished frontlist and backlist,” said Edward Volini, Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Random House.
Gianfranco Monacelli observed: “Since my first days as a bookseller at Rizzoli on Fifth Avenue, when I was given the task of alphabetizing the Modern Library, I have always looked at Random House and its imprints as the most exceptional in the industry. . . . In my view there is no better family to join than the house of Random.”
Random House, Inc. (www.randomhouse.com), the U.S. division of Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is home to many of the world’s foremost and most popular authors of adult and children’s books. The division has more than 120 publishing imprints in the U.S. and Canada.
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