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Melville House Opens Publishing Company in London

Brooklyn-based publisher Melville House will open a British publishing company in London called Melville House UK.

Founders Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians announced the news, hiring 4th Estate marketing executive Zeljka Marosevic as director of marketing. The company will begin with the publisher’s U.S. books, but should be acquiring new books by the end of the year. Here’s more from Johnson:

Our classics line, The Art of the Novella, has always done well in Britain, but sales of our other U.S. titles have grown explosively there over the last few years, some of the best writing we’ve published lately has been by British writers, such as Lars Iyer and Lee Rourke; we’re winning British book awards, I hear more and more from British booksellers and media about our books … And so rather than simply expand our US company’s operations here, we wanted to form a distinctly British company that would respond more particularly to that kind of welcome. It’s not a branch, nor an office. It’s a distinct, British company.

 

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Melville House Gets Miriam Bass Award

The Association of American Publishers announced yesterday that Melville House Publishers Dennis Loy Johnson (of late, lamented MobyLives fame) and Valerie Merians are the recipients of this year’s Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. The award will be presented in New York on March 7, during AAP’s Annual Meeting for Small and Independent Publishers.

On learning they were this year’s award winners, Johnson said that “The Miriam Bass Award recognizes the fact that even in a business as old as making books, innovation and creativity are not only still possible, but vital. We’re thrilled to be chosen to represent that idea, and we’re particularly honored because five years ago, when we told Miriam Bass that we were thinking of doing something as crazy and difficult as starting a publishing company, she was one of the few who said, ‘good idea!’.”