Candlewick to Launch New Imprint in the Fall

The inaugural list of design-driven books is due out next season

In the latest sign that print book sales are growing, Candlewick Press in Somerville, Mass., is readying a new imprint, Candlewick Studio, which will publish design-driven books with high production values. The inaugural list of four books will release this fall, and it includes Retro Photo: An Obsession by David Elwood (Fairie-ality), a photographic essay on vintage cameras and the kinds of photographs they take.

39314-2Karen Lotz, president and publisher of Candlewick Press and managing director of the Walker Books Group, described the imprint as “an expression of our love for the printed book.” She added, “We hope that even from across a bookstore, Candlewick Studio titles will entice book-lovers of all ages to come closer.” Although the inaugural titles are all large-format books, she noted that the press has no plans to impose restrictions on trim size or a quota on the number of titles. “ ‘Just the right books’ will be our mantra,” she said. Lotz held out the possibility of Studio miniatures in the future. “It’s the unique and special presentation of the title that would make it a Studio book,” she added.

As for the decision to launch Candlewick Studio, Lotz noted that the press has a tradition of creating one-of-a kind art-driven books, or “specials,” which don’t fit neatly into a category. “Readers who love print books really do love especially well-made print books,” she said. “And there is great loyalty from these readers to books made with artisanal values in mind. We’ve decided that the bookselling climate right now is ready to embrace a separate line of such titles, where we could showcase them all properly.”

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