Thursday, February 06, 2020

Penzler Solidifies His Empire

Shelf Awareness reports that New York City bookseller and editor Otto Penzler “has taken sole ownership of the Mysterious Press and added it to his publishing company, Penzler Publishers.” You may remember that Penzler founded the Mysterious Press way back in 1975. But that imprint has been the property of Grove Atlantic ever since 2011, even though its offices have apparently remained on the site of Penzler’s Mysterious Bookshop, in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.

“Beginning in 2021,” explains Shelf Awareness, a book-industry e-newsletter, “the Mysterious Press will be distributed by Norton, which also distributes two other imprints of Penzler Publishers: American Mystery Classics, which is issuing hardcover and trade paperbacks of Golden Age detective novels; and Scarlet, which will release its first list of psychological/domestic suspense in the fall.” Charles Perry, currently the head of, Penzler’s digital publishing company, has already “been named publisher of Penzler Publishers and will be in charge of all three imprints.”

(Hat tip to In Reference to Murder.)

READ MORE:Interview with a Bookstore: The Mysterious Bookshop” (Literary Hub).

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