Blue Star Press Buys Sasquatch Books from PRH

Blue Star Press, Bend, Ore., has bought Sasquatch Books, Seattle, Wash., from Penguin Random House. Blue Star said that Sasquatch will "operate autonomously and maintain its editorial independence and creative identity, while Blue Star Press works to expand Sasquatch's opportunities for growth through additional sales, marketing, and manufacturing support." It added that the two publishers are "built on shared values of creativity and craftsmanship [and] have a proven track record of publishing premium quality, highly visual books for adults and children."

Founded in 1986, Sasquatch Books focuses on nature, travel, gardening, entertainment, sports, food and wine, and children's titles. Its imprints include Little Bigfoot and Spruce Books.

Founded in 2015, Blue Star publishes 40-50 titles a year focusing on creative how-to, soft crafts, coloring, health and wellness, self-help, parenting, children's, guided journals, games, gift, and more. It has been a Penguin Random House Publisher Services sales and distribution client since 2019 and just extended its sales and distribution agreement with PRHPS for another 10 years. Sasquatch became a PRHPS client in 2012 and was acquired by PRH in 2017.

Blue Star Press CEO Peter Licalzi said, "Investing in quality content is integral to Blue Star Press's growth strategy, and Sasquatch Books has an incredible portfolio that we're excited to help amplify. As Blue Star continues to expand and as industry competition intensifies, we want to bolster our centralized resources and broaden our portfolio to fuel greater creativity. Combining Sasquatch's esteemed reputation with Blue Star's innovative approach to publishing will help drive continued success and help us thrive in the evolving publishing landscape. This acquisition, combined with the extension of our longstanding distribution partnership with PRHPS, will enable us to scale more quickly and effectively."

Jeff Abraham, president of publishing operations, technology, and services, PRH, said, "Sasquatch Books' creativity, innovation, and attentiveness to their publishing perfectly aligns with Blue Star Press' mission, and makes a perfect fit for Sasquatch's next chapter. I'm appreciative to the Sasquatch team for their years of collaboration and am excited to continue our partnership with Blue Star Press as an ongoing client of Penguin Random House Publisher Services."

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