Consortium Book Sales & Distribution has added five new publishers, all effective January 1, 2018:
Black Inc., Carlton, Victoria, Australia, publishes nonfiction, fiction and poetry, particularly history, politics, biography, criticism and current affairs, as well as novels and poems that "open up new worlds." It also publishes commercial self-help and fiction under the Nero imprint and more academic titles under the La Trobe University Press joint imprint. The press was named Australian Small Publisher of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2015.
Blair, Durham, N.C., the publishing house formed with the acquisition of John F. Blair Publisher by Carolina Wren Press. Founded in 1974, Carolina Wren Press is a nonprofit organization that publishes fiction, poetry and nonfiction focusing on writers that historically might have been neglected by mainstream publishing. The new Blair will publish the latest Lee Smith Novel Prize winner, Beaut by Donald Morrill, in May 2018. Other titles include Useful Phrases for Immigrants by May-lee Chai, winner of the Bakwin Award, and a book of essays by commentator and essayist Hal Crowther.
Fitzcarraldo Editions, London, England, which was founded in 2014 and has published 13 books of fiction and 12 essays, emphasizing "ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing." Fitzcarraldo also publishes The White Review, an arts and literature quarterly magazine.
Oberon Books, London, England, which publishes drama and performing arts titles, including new playwrights alongside classics, theatre practice, dance and opera. It has a backlist of more than 1,500 titles.
The School of Life, London, England, founded by Alain de Botton (author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations of Philosophy), a press devoted to developing emotional intelligence with titles about how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve a calm state and how better to understand and change the world. The house has 10 branches around the world.