Charity Book The Label, published by Ivy Press, is adapted into Musical

February 15, 2017

Endorsed by Mencap, the Voice of Learning Disability, The Label was written for new parents of children with Down's syndrome and overwhelmed by information. The Label, is a real and honest insight into what it means, and doesn't mean, to have a child with Down's syndrome in the 21st century. 

"The book's intention is to illustrate that all of our paths are individual and ours to shape and shouldn't be bound by clinical notes in a text book or anyone else's experience." – Caroline White illustrator of The Label

The book has also been made into a small musical which will be performed this year at London's Palladium this year. 

10% of proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Mencap.  Ivy Press publishes the book this month and can be bought here

 

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. 

Seeds: Safeguarding Our Future by Carolyn Fry wins the coveted Environmental Award at the Garden Media Guild Awards

November 25, 2016

Seeds: Safeguarding Our Future by writer and journalist Carolyn Fry has scooped the Environmental Award at this year's lavish Garden Media Guild Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London. The Environmental Award is awarded to a writer, photographer or broadcaster who has best chronicled a project or subject that has a positive benefit on the environment, tackling it with flair, imagination and clarity.

Described by New Scientist as a "manual for the new era", Seeds: Safeguarding ourFuture, published by Ivy Press and written in collaboration with experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, talks us through humanity's complex relationship with seeds through time; explains how the evolution of the seed resulted in Earth's diverse flora; outlines the science of plant reproduction, dispersal and germination; and considers the fascinating ways in which seeds are being used to overcomeenvironmental issues – from greening city wastelands to providing famine foods.

Carolyn Fry is a writer and journalist specializing in science, conservation and natural history. She has written six books, covering climate change, botanical explorers and plantscience. Carolyn has won many awards, including theEuropean Garden Book Prize for Plant Hunters.

For Seeds, Carolyn works with experts from The RoyalBotanic Gardens, Kew, and its pioneering MillenniumSeedbank Project, which aims to safeguard seeds from 25 percent of the world's plant species by 2020. The Seedbank works with international partners in 80 countries.

Ivy Press Title Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Biology Book Awards

September 22, 2016

The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life, published by Ivy Press, has been shortlisted for the General Biology Book Prize at this year’s Royal Society of Biology Book Awards.  

The awards celebrate outstanding biology books for the general reader, as well as exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate textbooks. The General Biology Book Prize recognises accessible, engaging and informative life sciences books written for a non-specialist audience.

The judges said: “This beautifully-illustrated book gives an insight into the building blocks of life, which will capture the imagination of biologists and non-biologists alike.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Charles Darwin House on Thursday 13 October.  

Four Quarto Titles Among Finalists for 2016 British Book Design and Production Awards

August 9, 2016

The BPIF, Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association are delighted to announce the shortlist for the British Book Design and Production Awards 2016. The awards promote and acknowledge innovative book design and expert craftsmanship.

Among the titles on the shortlist are Concrete Concept and Sally Clarke: 30 Ingredients, published by Frances Lincoln; Outside, published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and Jellyfish: A Natural History, published by Ivy Press.

A panel of 5 judges, selected from the areas of design, publishing, production and retail gathered for two days at Oxford Brookes University, where they went through a gruelling selection process in order to reach the shortlist decision. From a staggering 575 high quality entries, 82 books rose to the top to make it on to the shortlist for 2016.

The winners of each category will be announced on Thursday 10 November at a stunning ceremony at the prestigious Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

See the entire list of nominated titles at BritishPrint.com.

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 Quarto Group Opens New Creative and Publishing Hub in Brighton

July 7, 2016

The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is pleased to announce the opening of its brand new office in Brighton’s town centre this month, which will also be the largest publishing hub in the South East of England.

The new office will be home to 60 creative people working across editorial and design, production, marketing and foreign sales, focusing on developing and publishing non-fiction illustrated books. It will bring together seven imprints of The Quarto Group: Quintet Publishing, Global Book Publishing, Ivy Press, Ivy Kids, Leaping Hare Press, Qu:id Publishing and RotoVision.

Quarto’s Brighton office will be led by David Breuer, Director, Quarto International Co-Editions Group and a long-standing Brighton resident.

David commented: “It is very exciting to open such a big creative hub here in Brighton. Quarto has always fostered a diverse and local creative model and we look forward to finding local inspiration and working with local talent to help develop great content and publish beautiful books. Our intention is to become a magnet for all creative people in the region.”

More than two decades ago David Breuer was Commercial Director for the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums of Brighton, built the Royal Pavilion Shop, and was heavily involved in Brighton’s creative activities across art, drama, performance and poetry - he still receives correspondence over the highly influential Captain Beefheart exhibition he curated for the Museum in the 1990s.

The seven imprints that will be based in Quarto’s Brighton office are:

Quintet Publishing – relocating from London and best known for its multi-million-copy selling 500 series which has been translated in more than 30 languages. Quintet also publishes titles across crafts and culture, from LEGO™ architecture to loom band fashion, and from street photography to crafting with duct tape.

Global Book Publishing – established in Sydney in 1999 and relocating from Australia. Global produces top-quality illustrated reference works on history, botany and anatomy among other topics.

Ivy Press, Ivy Kids and Leaping Hare Press – all relocating from Lewes, following the acquisition of The Ivy Press Limited by Quarto in March 2015.

  • Ivy Press specialises in producing books that take innovative approaches to subjects including natural history, general reference, popular science, art, craft, design and the internationally acclaimed 30-Second series which has been translated into 30 languages.
  • Ivy Kids produces beautiful kids’ books covering all sorts of areas, including contemporary kids’ crafts and art activities.
  • Leaping Hare Press inspires readers to translate ethical, environmental and spiritual values into practical and meaningful life choices, through titles on mindfulness and conscious living.

Qu:id Publishing and RotoVision have been established in Brighton for many years.

  • Qu:id produces titles across a wide range of categories from history to gardening, graphic design and popular science, using innovative formats, attractive designs and authoritative content.
  • RotoVision provides inspiration and instruction in the fields of design, art, hair and beauty, and crafts.


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For Further Information, Please Contact:

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 Quarto Group Announces QuartoKnows.com

July 8, 2015
The Quarto Group is delighted to announce the launch of QuartoKnows.com, a new consumer facing site that showcases and promotes The Quarto Group's entire global publishing programme. The site allows consumers to discover more books in subjects they are interested in and presents books in ten subject areas each distinctly branded with a unique icon: Quarto Cooks, Quarto Homes, Quarto Drives, Quarto Kids, Quarto Lives (health & MBS), Quarto Plays (sport & games), Quarto Creates (art, craft & design), Quarto Thinks (culture), Quarto Explores (history, travel, science) and Quarto Gifts.

Each subject area has carefully curated recommendations, accompanying blogs full of rich content drawn from the books and focused social media accounts to drive consumer engagement. Direct to consumer sales will launch from 31st August in the USA and 30th September in the UK.

Marcus Leaver, CEO, The Quarto Group commented: "What better way could there be to enable consumers to discover more books than to present them clearly in response to their interest and searches? We want to be able to connect our books and their authors directly with consumers in a way that is responsive to what they're searching for. We know that what draws people to our books is that they provide critical and dependable information about the subjects they're passionate about. With the enormous breadth of subjects about which we have real expertise, deep content reservoirs, and fantastic communities around our authors, it is clear that Quarto really does know. We're excited at the opportunity this gives us to engage consumers and develop deeper and lasting relationships and provide more meaning to the Quarto brand."

About The Quarto Group:
The Quarto Group, Inc. (LSE: QRT) is the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Quarto employs about 400 talented and creative people in four distinct but complementary businesses – Quarto International Co-Editions Group; Quarto Publishing Group USA; Quarto Publishing Group UK and Books & Gifts Direct, Australia & New Zealand.

The Group is well positioned in resilient segments of book publishing with rich reserves of Intellectual Property. Quarto is uniquely positioned for growth as the industry adapts to new means of marketing, sales and routes to market. The Group's headquarters are in London where the Company was founded in 1976.

Publishers Weekly Notes New Era for Quarto

April 23, 2014
The Quarto Group was featured in Publishers Weekly London Book Show Daily on April 9, 2014. Here are a few excerpts from the article:

The figures are enough to make every publisher envious: a business that's 70% backlist, writes Liz Thomson. "That's a good position to be in," agrees Marcus Leaver, CEO of the Quarto Group. "As we look for growth both in our existing business and with any potential digital way forward, it makes life slightly easier knowing we have that solid foundation."

...In both the UK and US, the "tidying up" has seen the Aurum Publishing Group and Quayside Publishing Group names dispensed with in favour of the Quarto Publishing Group UK and USA, respectively. Together, those "traditional" publishing businesses represent 48% of Quarto turnover-a surprise to the many who think of Quarto merely as "the world's biggest packager".

...The continual re-invention of Quarto is key to Leaver in this dynamic and changing publishing environment. "Ken Fund who leads the US business has done an excellent job bringing about a re-bound in 2013 after a disappointing 2012. He re-conceived the entire business and has built an excellent senior team." He and his colleagues look for talent in both obvious and less obvious places-at Walter Foster, one key figure began her career at the LAPD! "We're not sitting at the Ivy looking to agents for the next book, so we need diversity because we need to come up with a lot of ideas.

...Quarto's ideal book is All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, a Long Island retiree. "It was first published in 1981 and still it did over three-quarters of a million dollars last year." A second edition was published last month and Leaver is touching wood that Quarto has hit pay-dirt again with Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten.

 

See the entire story, along with an org chart of Quarto imprints here.