Random House Ups-Spanish Language-Book Publishing

February 26, 2009
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Random House Ups
Spanish Language
Book Publishing

NEW YORK, NY/Authorlink News/02/24/09–Vintage Español, a leading publisher in the United States Spanish-language book market, and Random House Mondadori in Spain and Latin America, one of the world’s largest Spanish language publishers, have reached an agreement that will allow Vintage Español to copublish Random House Mondadori titles here in the U.S. beginning in fall 2009. The announcement was made today by Tony Chirico, President of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, and Riccardo Cavallero, Chief Executive Officer of Random House Mondadori.

“This agreement demonstrates Vintage’s commitment to Spanish-language readers in America,” said Mr. Chirico, who negotiated the deal with Mr. Cavallero. As part of the coventure launch, Vintage Español will reissue approximately fifty of Random House Mondadori’s best-selling backlist titles, which will result in all the Spanish-language works of Gabriel García Márquez being published under one roof for the first time in North America. Additionally, they will publish fifteen new front-list titles each year through the Random House Mondadori association.

Vintage Espanol will increase its annual title output from 15 books a year to 45.

“The Vintage Español publishing program continues to diversify,” said Anne Messitte, Publisher of Vintage Anchor, “and our roster of authors continues to grow.” Last year Vintage Español published new works by Junot Díaz, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Suze Orman, and President Barack Obama. The new venture with Random House Mondadori will introduce renowned writers such as Dale Carnegie, Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca, Ken Follett, John Grisham, Cormac McCarthy, and Mary Higgins Clark to the Vintage Español list. “These writers augment an already stellar lineup,” said Ms. Messitte, “and will

help make Vintage Español the Spanishlanguage publisher of choice for authors in the United States.”

Vintage Español’s publishing program, launched in 1994, now has a backlist catalog of over one hundred titles, including works by Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Laura Esquivel, Cristina García, and Esmeralda Santiago.

“This association with Vintage Español will finally give Spanish authors proper representation in the North American market,” said Mr. Cavallero. “Their production, design, sales, and marketing expertise, and their dedicated Spanish-language sales force, will strengthen the readership for our authors and enable our titles to gain both market share and retail presence, something we had long been seeking in a stateside publishing partner.”

“It has been our goal to publish the leading voices in Spanish literature,” said Milena Alberti,director of Spanish-language publishing at Vintage Español, “as well as commercial fiction and nonfiction in translation. And this new association will allow us to do just that.”

“Vintage Español is a full-spectrum publisher with a combined reach in the Hispanic marketplace that exceeds that of any other publisher,” said Mr. Chirico. “It remains one of the core assets of our publishing group, and we are all very excited at the growth prospects for Vintage Español in the years to come.”

Vintage Español is an imprint within the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is a division of Random House, Inc.

Random House Mondadori is one of the leading publishing companies in Spain and Latin America. Their publishing footprint includes businesses in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

In addition to Vintage Espanol, The Knopf Doubleday Group also now includes Alfred A. Knopf, Anchor, Doubleday, Everyman’s Library, Nan A. Talese, Pantheon, Shocken, and Vintage.

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