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. 

Quarto USA Donates All Profits from Latest Burgess Lea Press Cookbook to the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

October 6, 2016

Beverly, MA—Quarto Publishing Group USA, part of the leading global illustrated book publisher The Quarto Group, is pleased to announce the latest donation recipient of their charitable imprint, Burgess Lea Press.  All of the profits of Field & Feast, a new cookbook by Dean Carlson of Wyebrook Farm, will be donated to the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. 

Burgess Lea Press is an imprint of fine books about food from excellent chefs, exemplary restaurants, world travelers, and the new generation of family farms.  Their unique publishing model focuses on publishing books of the highest quality while supporting worthwhile food- related causes.  Quarto donates 100% of after-tax publishing profits on every Burgess Lea Press book to 501(c)(3) organizations that address hunger relief, farmland preservation, and culinary education.

Dean Carlson, author of Field & Feast, will present the check with Acquiring Editor Thom O’Hearn on September 30, the eve of Stone Barns’ popular Harvest Festival.

Field & Feast is a sumptuous collection of 100 inspired recipes from the rustic barn restaurant of Wyebrook Farm, Pennsylvania.  Distinctive modern recipes include Spring Radishes with Bacon Butter, Super-Crust Spatchcocked Chicken, Goat in Hay, Roast Lamb Sandwiches with Tahini and Pickled Onion, Butter Lettuce Salad with Ash-Cooked Eggs, Crackling-Studded Pullman Loaf, Salt Crust-Baked Pork Belly with Hickory Nut Romesco, Beef Cheek and French Onion Soup, and Spring Pickle and Bitter Green Salad.

Dean Carlson lives and works on Wyebrook Farm together with his wife Emelie. After 15 years on Wall Street, Dean Carlson rolled up his sleeves and dove into what he calls a "real job."  He is present for every step of the farming process, and the circle of sustainability he is creating informs every decision on the farm.  The restaurant at Wyebrook Farm features the meats raised at Wyebrook—grass fed beef; heritage pork; and pastured chicken, lamb, and goat—as well as vegetables from organic local farms.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit organization on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system, and working to develop a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to build healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem.  They are working to change the way America eats and farms by inspiring people, engaging leaders and the public, developing practices in resilient agriculture and driving choices that benefit human health and the environment.  Stone Barns experiments with and improves sustainable farming practices; trains beginning farmers in resilient, regenerative farming techniques; helps children discover the sources of their food while preparing them to steward the land that provides it; and increases public awareness of healthy, seasonal, and sustainable food.

Past recipients of charitable donations from Burgess Lea Press have included Edible Schoolyard Project (Berkeley, CA), Adelante Mujeres (Forest Grove, OR), Urban Roots (St. Paul, MN), Vetri Community Partnership, and Drexel University Culinary Arts and Hospitality (both of Philadelphia, PA).

Jill Isenbarger, CEO of Stone Barns Center, said:

“Stone Barns Center is honored to receive support from the sales of Field & Feast.  Our work to create a healthy and sustainable food system is enhanced by the community of farmers and chefs like Carlson and Knauer working every day towards this goal.”

Erik Gilg, Group Publisher, Minneapolis, said:

“I am so pleased that Quarto has been able to donate to Stone Barns Center through the charitable mission of the Burgess Lea imprint.  Dean Carlson’s Field & Feast is well aligned with the noble work of Stone Barns Center. ”

 

About Quarto Publishing Group USA

Quarto Publishing Group USA is the US-based division of the leading global illustrated book publisher The Quarto Group. Known for its high quality books and gifts for enthusiasts, Quarto Publishing Group USA encompasses becker&mayer!, Book Sales, Burgess Lea Press, Cool Springs Press, Creative Publishing international, Fair Winds Press, Harvard Common Press, Moondance Press, Motorbooks, Quarry Books, Race Point Publishing, Rock Point Gift and Stationery, Rockport Publishers, Seagrass Press, SmartLab, Voyageur Press, Walter Foster Publishing, Walter Foster Jr., Wellfleet Press, as well as the distribution service, QDS.

 

Contacts:

Ken Fund, ken.fund@quartous.com

Amy Yodanis, amy.yodanis@quartous.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.

Quarto Acquires Burgess Lea Press

May 26, 2016

Beverly, MA, 26 May 2016 — Quarto Publishing Group USA, part of the leading global illustrated book publisher The Quarto Group, is pleased to announce the successful asset purchase of Burgess Lea Press, a publisher of fine books about food from excellent chefs, exemplary restaurants, world travelers, and the new generation of family farms. 

Burgess Lea Press selects subjects that reflect the philosophy that great food can help sustain good works. Their unique publishing model, which will be sustained by Quarto after the purchase, focuses on publishing books of the highest quality while supporting worthwhile food-related causes. Burgess Lea Press donates 100% of after-tax publishing profits on every book to 501 c(3) organizations that address hunger relief, farmland preservation, and culinary education. Some of the non-profits they have supported include Edible Schoolyard Project (Berkeley, CA), Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (Tarrytown, NY), Adelante Mujeres (Forest Grove, OR), Urban Roots (St. Paul, MN), Vetri Community Partnership, and Drexel University Culinary Arts and Hospitality (both of Philadelphia, PA).

The purchase, which was completed on May 25, 2016, adds notable backlist titles to the Quarto food list including the beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered Mi Comida Latina by Marcella Kriebel, and a robust forthcoming program of eminent authors such as former Gourmet editor Kate Winslow with her cookbook, Onions Etcetera. This purchase also furthers Quarto’s position as a leading publisher of lifestyle-oriented titles for consumer markets.

Burgess Lea Press will become an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, with editorial and production operations running out of Quarto’s Minneapolis, MN, office. Buz Teacher, Co-Founder of Running Press Book Publishers, who was CEO of Burgess Lea Press, and Janet Bukovinsky Teacher, who was Publisher, will continue to work with the imprint.

Ken Fund, President & CEO of Quarto Publishing Group USA said:
“We’re excited to bring Burgess Lea Press into QuartoCooks. The cause of Burgess Lea is something we truly believe in, and through this purchase Quarto is thrilled to be able to give back to the community. Burgess Lea’s extraordinary authors and cookbooks and the uniqueness of their mission will be a powerful addition to Quarto’s family of imprints.”

Erik Gilg, Group Publisher, Minneapolis, said:
“The quality of the Burgess Lea publishing program will be a stunning addition to Quarto’s food list. I am looking forward to working with Buz and Janet to continue their noble mission.”

Buz Teacher, CEO of Burgess Lea Press and Janet Bukovinsky Teacher, Publisher, commented:
“We are so pleased and excited that our unique not-for-profit model will become part of the Quarto publishing family. Our roots with Quarto go back more than two decades, and we’ve always been great admirers of the company and the fine books they publish. It’s a tribute to the Quarto culture that they have created a permanent home for Burgess Lea Press and its mission.”

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About Quarto Publishing Group USA
Quarto Publishing Group USA is the US-based division of the leading global illustrated book publisher The Quarto Group. Known for its high quality books and gifts for enthusiasts, Quarto Publishing Group USA encompasses Book Sales, Cool Springs Press, Creative Publishing international, Fair Winds Press, Harvard Common Press, Moondance Press, Motorbooks, Quarry Books, Race Point Publishing, Rock Point Gift and Stationery, Rockport Publishers, Seagrass Press, Voyageur Press, Walter Foster Publishing, Walter Foster Jr., Wellfleet Press, as well as the distribution service, QDS.


Contacts:

  • Ken Fund, ken.fund@quartous.com
  • Amy Yodanis, amy.yodanis@quartous.com

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.

Quarto Rebrands Publishing Division; Adds New Visual Identity

February 26, 2014
Quarto (LSE: QRT.L), the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group, on February 26 announced a rebrand of its publishing divisions, comprising new names and a new visual identity, which better represents how the divisions work together. With shared domestic, international and foreign language sales teams Quarto is one integrated supplier to customers worldwide. The new names and logos make this clear while capitalizing on the company's 38-year-old heritage.

This rebrand applies to Quarto's publishing divisions under names aligned to group identity and not individual imprints: Quarto International Co-Editions Group (unchanged), Quarto Publishing Group UK (formerly Aurum Publishing Group), Quarto Publishing Group USA (formerly Quayside Publishing Group). The many imprints within The Quarto Group, both those started organically and those acquired over the years, will keep their existing identity and visual style.

The designs from Sydney-based creative studio Philter take into account Quarto Group's visual foundations in illustrated books and the sophisticated design of the books published but with a modern, accessible look and feel in a vibrant color palette.

The publishing divisions of The Quarto Group are presented in line with a new group logo. The new group logo consists of a Q and a circle. The Q can be used on its own as a simple expression of the brand, while the circle which houses ‘The Quarto Group' becomes a flexible graphic device to display key positioning statements and convey The Quarto Group as the nucleus around which its divisions work. Each publishing division has a logo comprising its name within a circle in a distinct colour.

The distinctive and different Books & Gifts Direct logo was also designed by Philter as part of the recent consolidation and rebrand of two previous businesses and in support of a renewed marketing push for the direct marketing business.

Roll-out begins with this announcement with all divisions using the new branding immediately.

Marcus Leaver, CEO of Quarto, said: 'The transparency this re-branding exercise brings gives clarity to our customers and partners. It represents how all parts of Quarto works together to make great books and put them in customers' hands globally, wherever, whenever and however they want them through our consolidated multi-channel marketing and sales teams.'