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. 

Milestones of Space Named a Finalist for Emme Award for Astrological Literature

September 30, 2015
Milestones of Space by Michael Neufeld is one of the four finalists for this year's American Astronautical Society (AAS) Emme Award for Astronautical Literature.

The award, named after Eugene M. Emme, NASA's first historian, recognizes outstanding books that advance public understanding of astronautics. It recognizes originality, scholarship and readability. Eligible titles focus on any of a number of aspects of spaceflight in a variety of disciplines and range from juvenile and pop literature to texts intended for academia or practicing scientists and engineers. In addition to obvious topics of human spaceflight and unmanned interplanetary explorations, nominated titles may also cover related subjects such as astronomy and cosmology, as well as the occasional non-astronautics title that has a space "flavor."

This year's award will be presented in March 2016 during the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium. More information about the award is available at Astronautical.org.

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.

Author of West Point 1915 Appears on The Osgood File

March 24, 2015
Michael Haskew, author of West Point 1915, was interviewed by Charles Osgood for his program "The Osgood File". The segment aired March 20. 

Osgood and Haskew discussed Haskew's book about the West Point class of 1915. Of that class of 164 men, 59 achieved the rank of Brigadier General or higher. No other class in the academy's history has topped that success.

Listen to the interview here .

The Osgood File is heard on hundreds of CBS and Westwood One radio stations around the country during morning drive.

Author Ron Miller Featured on Quartz

March 24, 2015
Quartz.com says Ron Miller "s a titan in the field of space art, also known as astronomical art." Anne Quito profiled the author and former art director at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in a recent article.

Miller is the author of The Art of Space, published by Zenith Press.

See the Quartz profile here .

 

Steve McQueen Illustrator Interviewed in BleedingCool.com Podcast

March 24, 2015
Greg Scott, illustrator of the graphic novels Steve McQueen: Full Throttle Cool, and Area 51, is interviewed on BleedingCool.com podcast.

Scott is a comic-book artist who has done stints at both Marvel and DC Comics, working on such series as Gotham Central and Case Files: Sam and Twitch. He's also a film fanatic and he typically watches two movies a day. The aesthetic of film informs his work, more so than traditional drawing.

Hear the interview here .

Meet Wayne Vansant; He Brings a Historian's Touch to Comics

March 19, 2015
Wayne Vansant, the son of a World War II veteran, grew up on war stories. As a child, he loved hearing adults talk about the war, reading about it and watching movies about it. Medium.com tells the story of how Vansant has taken that love of war stories and turned it into a career as an author and illustrator of graphic novels.

Read the story here .

Three Zenith Press Titles Make HistoryNet Father's Day Gift List

June 3, 2014
Three titles by Zenith Press have made the list for this year's HistoryNet.com Father's Day Gift Guide. The Americans on D-Day , Fighting Hitler's Jets and The Civil War Generals were recommended as gifts for dads with an interest in history.

See the entire list here .

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.