Three Quarto Books Listed on the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017

January 24, 2017

Three Quarto Titles have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.”

The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

We are very proud to have the following three titles selected on the list:

  • Amelia Earhart – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • The Hello Atlas – Wide Eyed Editions

 A preview of the Notable Social Studies list is available on the CBC site. 

 Quarto had four titles selected in the 2016 list. 

Quarto Author Peter Dazeley Awarded The British Empire Award

January 19, 2017

Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity.

The British Empire Medal is described by gov.uk as “Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.” And is part of the Queen’s Honours system.

The system recognises people who have, made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

From Dazeley’s success as a photographer he was able to give back to communities by donating his time as a photographer, to a variety of different charities. In his career he has guided and inspired the young through his mentoring in photography and  has also donated his skills to charities in support of their campaigns. Described as ‘the working class gong’ the British Empire Medal prize trophies long term commitment to charities.

Now at the age of 68, Dazeley is still working hard and can look back with great satisfaction at what he has achieved. He will be meeting the Queen later on this year to receive his award. 

Four Quarto Books Shortlisted for the 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books.

November 16, 2016

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Subaru are proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books.

The Prizes celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults and are meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all ages. The 2017 winners will be selected from among the following finalists in four categories. 

Quarto is thrilled to have four titles shortlisted across two categories:

Middle Grades Science Book Category

  • Fish Tricks: The Wild and Wacky World of Fish, by Haude Levesque. Moon Dance Press. A fascinating exploration of how fish use sound, color, and chemicals to talk to each other and camouflage and toxins to discourage predators.

Hands-on Science Book

Winners will be announced in January and awarded at the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.

The Quarto Group Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Structure

July 25, 2016

LONDON, 20 July 2016 – The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is pleased to announce the following Leadership appointments, effective from 1 January 2017 and reporting to Marcus E. Leaver, Chief Executive Officer of The Quarto Group:

Ken Fund, currently President & CEO, Quarto Publishing Group USA, will become Chief Operating Officer of The Quarto Group.

In this new global role, Ken will lead the company’s commercial management. In addition to leading global Publishing Operations and global IT infrastructure and systems, Ken will now lead the Sales teams and be tasked with exploring new distribution channels and markets.

Ken has over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry and has been a successful, trusted and respected leader of Quarto for over 15 years. Prior to joining Quarto, Ken held several leadership positions at Dino DeLaurentiis Productions, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins San Francisco. Ken is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

David Breuer, currently Director, Quarto International Co-editions Group, will become Chief Creative Officer of The Quarto Group.
In this new global role, David will lead the creative management of the business.

David joined Quarto in 2011. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked for the art publishers Phaidon Press and with André Deutsch. He was Managing Director of the art publishers and bookshop chain Zwemmer, Commercial Director for the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums of Brighton, and was for 15 years the Chief Executive of Royal Academy Enterprises organizing the business activities of London's Royal Academy of Arts. He is also the founder of Iqon Editions.

David Inman, currently Managing Director, Quarto Publishing Group UK will become Managing Director, Quarto Partners.

In this newly created role, David will manage our new entrepreneurial business, Quarto Partners. He will have ownership of Quarto’s distribution services across the US and the UK, with an objective to develop further distribution and partnership agreements. He will also manage Quarto’s international joint ventures and look for opportunities for growth around the world, in both English and foreign language. 

David first joined Quarto as Sales and Marketing Director in 2009 before returning as Managing Director of Quarto Publishing Group UK in 2013, following a period with Templar Publishing. A graduate of Cambridge University, David began his career with Macmillan Publishers. In 1990, he co-founded TV tie-in publisher Boxtree which grew from a start-up company to an £8 million business, prior to its later acquisition by Macmillan. He then held several senior management positions with Hachette Illustrated in Paris and Octopus Publishing.

Quarto Foreign Rights, People and Communications will continue to report to CEO Marcus Leaver.

Marcus E. Leaver, CEO of The Quarto Group, commented: "Ken, David and David have been trusted senior leaders of Quarto for many years and I have every faith in them to make these new roles a success. These changes all support the next chapter of Quarto’s story, which we will fully unveil later this year.

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For Further Information
Dorothée de Montgolfier
Group Director of Communications
020 7700 9002

About The Quarto Group
The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is the leading global illustrated non-fiction book publisher and distribution group, whose mission is to make and sell great books that entertain, educate and enrich the lives of adults and children around the world.

Quarto creates and owns proprietary content, publishing books from a diverse portfolio of imprints that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest.

Quarto sells books across 45 countries and in 35 languages through a variety of traditional and non-traditional channels, while constantly looking for new ways to create and deliver content that people need.

Quarto employs over 400 talented people in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. The group was founded in London in 1976. It is domiciled in the US and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

For more information, visit quartoknows.com or follow us on Twitter at @TheQuartoGroup.

The Art and Craft of Tea Nominated as Best Tea Publication

May 20, 2016

The Art and Craft of Tea was one of five publications nominated as best tea publication of 2016 by the World Tea Awards. The winner will be announced during the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas on Wednesday June 15.

Written by Joseph Wesley Uhl, The Art and Craft of Tea is a guide to the entire world of tea, from peeks into tea production around the world to brewing your own blends at home.

Penton’s World Tea Expo honors the tea community – and some of the best and the brightest from the industry – with awards in 12 categories. The expo is the leading trade show focused on advancing the business of tea.

Seven Quarto Authors Among Judges for 2016 EDDY Awards

March 21, 2016

Five Quarto Publishing Group authors will be among the judges for the 2016 EDDY Awards. The EDDY Awards are a celebration of excellence in publishing—from food writing to coverage of social issues to exceptional photography and more. The awards celebrate the voice of independent publishers covering local food, season by season.

Judges for this year's awards include Warren Bobrow (Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails, and Tonics), Erin Coopey (Infusing Flavors), Amanda Feifer (Ferment Your Vegetables), Autumn Giles (Beyond Canning), Emily Han (Wild Drinks & Cocktails), Amy Kimoto-Kahn (Simply Ramen), and Shawn Steiman (The Little Coffee Know-it-All).

A panel of more than 50 judges including chefs, authors, editors, farmers, activists and bloggers narrowed down a huge number of entries to arrive at the finalists. Each category will have 2 winners—Critic’s Choice and Reader’s Choice—and a finalist may win one or both.

The awards are sponsored by EdibleFeast.com.

Three Quarto Titles Nominated for IACP Cookbook Awards

March 8, 2016
Three titles published by Quarto Publishing Group USA have been nominated for the IACP 2016 Cookbook Awards.

Let's Cook French, by Claudine Pepin and Jacques Pepin, published by Quarry Books, is one of three nominees in the Children, Youth and Family Category.

Tasting Wine and  Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing, by Adam Centamore, is nominted in the Reference & Technical Category. It is also published by Quarry Books.

Nominated in the Kendall-Jackson Presents: Wine, Beer & Spirits Category is Voyageur Press's Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros, by Julia Herz and Gwen Conley.

Winners will be announced at the group's annual conference in April.

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food and beverage community. The IACP Cookbook Awards are considered the gold standard among cookbook awards. They have been presented for more than 25 years to promote quality and creativity in writing and publishing, and to expand the p ublic's awareness of culinary literature.

Quarto Gets Into Custom Cookbook Game

September 16, 2015

Over the past three years, Quarto Publishing Group, USA has focused on growing its cookbook list. In 2012, it had 35 food and cooking titles, many on what were then considered niche subjects like vegan cooking and low-sodium food. Today, the press has tripled the number of titles on its list to more than 100.

Quarto v-p, marketing director Amy Yodanis said that Quarto has also broadened its list with books like Michelle Cordero’s recently released Jelly Shots (Race Point), as well as series likeKids Cook French (Quarry Books) by Claudine Pépin, illustrated by her chef father, Jacques Pepin. And it launched a new initiative, This Is Your Cookbook, to allow consumers to produce and print high-quality hardcover cookbooks with their own or favorite Quarto recipes.

See the full Publishers Weekly story here .

Coloring Books Grow Up -- They're Not Just for Kids Anymore

August 10, 2015
The San Jose Mercury News featured Quarto Publishing Group titles in its feature this weekend on the adult coloring book trend.

Quarto CEO Ken Fund's interview also was featured in the article:

Publishers say the surge in sales began this spring. "We've been selling them for a long time, but the big spike really started earlier this year. I think it caught most publishers by surprise," says Ken Fund, CEO of Quarto Publishing Group USA, which markets the "Color Me" line and 24 other titles, selling 2.5 million copies since February.

"I think people are looking for ways to help them keep calm and stress-free," he says. "These appeal primarily to the female market, but it's crossed over into the male market, too, with tattoo images, skeletons, Day-of-the-Dead stuff."

See the entire story here .

Library Journal Features Quarto in Story About Coloring Books

August 7, 2015
The adult coloring book craze continues to grow. Library Journal quoted Publisher Jacqui Small, Marketing Vice President Amy Yodanis and Editorial Director Jeannine Dillon in a story about the trend and how it can be capitalized upon by libraries.

See the story here .