Atria Books to Relaunch Washington Square Press as Frontlist HC Imprint

Atria Books will relaunch Washington Square Press for spring 2025 as a frontlist hardcover imprint focused on publishing literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Led by Atria's editorial director Lindsay Sagnette, the current editorial staff of Atria Books will have the opportunity to acquire new titles for the imprint. WSP's goal is to publish four to six books a season, building "a thoughtfully curated list of books devoted to exceptional writing; bold, innovative ideas; and under-published voices."
"We are excited to breathe new life into the storied Washington Square Press imprint, which will now shift its focus from backlist to become an active frontlist publisher," said Sagnette. "The reinvigorated Washington Square Press will champion exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that are essential to the conversations of today. Having a dedicated home for these talented authors is vital as we grow in our mission as a publisher: to publish the best books for every reader."
Titles on the spring 2025 WSP list include the debut novel The Grand Scheme of Things by Warona Jay (February); a reissue of bell hooks's The Will to Change, with a new introduction by Ross Gay; There's No Turning Back by Alba de Céspedes, banned by Italy's Fascist regime when it was first published in 1938 and now translated by Ann Goldstein (February); poet Tiana Clark's sophomore collection, Scorched Earth (March); and Heather McGowan's new novel, Friends of the Museum, her first since 2007 (April). Forthcoming titles will include works by Saeed Jones, Tareq Baconi, Amber Husain, Katie Prout, Elissa Washuta, and Pria Anand.

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