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. 

Seven Motorbooks Titles Win IAMC Awards

August 11, 2016

Seven Motorbooks titles were honored during the 25th International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC) awards ceremony at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Honored with Gold Awards were How to Rebuild & Modify Ford Flathead V-8 Engines by Vern Tardel and Mike Bishop, and Porsche Turbo by Randy Leffingwell.

Silver Awards were presented to Ford GT by Preston Lerner and Dave Friedman, Lamborghini Supercars 50 Years by Stuart Codling and James Mann, International Harvester Trucks by Pat Foster, and Ford Total Performance by Marty Schorr.

Barn Find Road Trip by Tom Cotter and Michael Alan Ross won a Bronze Award.

The IAMC program recognizes and encourages excellence in all forms of automotive media. From works published, aired, or broadcast January 1 - December 31, 2015, judges deemed 138 entries worthy of special distinction, with 40 receiving Gold Medallion awards, 52 receiving Silver Medallions, and 46 receiving Bronze Medallions.

Judging for the IAMC is by peers, to a standard; entries may earn up to 100 points. The Medallion Awards -- Bronze (85-91 points), Silver (92-96 points) and Gold (97-100 points) -- are presented for those works so qualified.

More information about the program can be found at automediaregistry.org.

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
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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 Takes Over Whitehorse Press Backlist

July 5, 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 Whitehorse Press, a publisher of many different types of motorcycle books, encompassing such topics as adventure travel, history, workshop manuals, travel guides, and rider-skill books.

Whitehorse Press was founded in 1989 by Dan and Judy Kennedy. One of their early titles, Motorcycling Excellence, produced in cooperation with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, is one of the best-selling books covering motorcycle riding and safety skills.

Whitehorse’s authors are recognized leaders in the motorcycling world, including Carl Adams, Ron Ayres, Scott Cochran, Ken Condon, Dale Coyner, Robert Fulton, John Hermann, Reg Pridmore, Clement Salvadori, Bernt Spiegel, Bill Stermer, Ed Youngblood, and Mark Zimmerman, providing authoritative information and entertaining stories.

The purchase, which was completed on July 1, 2016, adds two dozen backlist titles to QuartoDrives, furthering Quarto’s position as a leading publisher of transportation titles for enthusiast markets. Whitehorse titles moving forward will be published under the Motorbooks imprint.

Erik Gilg, Group Publisher in Minneapolis said:

“We’re very pleased to bring the excellent titles of Whitehorse Press into Motorbooks. The list fits well in our renowned transportation publishing program. Whitehorse’s respected author base and following will be a strong addition to QuartoDrives.”

Zack Miller, Publisher of Motorbooks agreed:

“Dan and Judy Kennedy are true motorcycling enthusiasts, a fact that has always been reflected in Whitehorse Press' publishing on the subject. I am pleased to add their excellent titles to Quarto and Motorbooks, and I am greatly looking forward to working with their authors."

The 9 Coolest Automotive Coffee Table Books

October 30, 2015
Looking for great coffee table books about automotive topics? Then you've come to right place, according to ebay.

A recent post highlighting ebay's picks for the top nine automotive coffee table books featured five titles by Motorbooks and two more distributed by QDS, a Quarto Publishing Group distribution business.

The favorite books include these Motorbooks titles: The Art of the Muscle Car: Collector’s Edition; Jeep: The History of America’s Greatest Vehicle; Art of the Corvette; Mustang Fifty Years: Celebrating America’s Only True Pony Car; Lamborghini Supercars 50 Years, and Porsche 911: 50 Years.

The titles distributed by QDS are Ferrari 308, 328 and 348: The Complete Story, and BMW M3, The Complete Story, both published by The Crowood Press.

See the ebay story here.

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.

New Documentary Takes Cue from Motorbooks Paul Newman Book

May 29, 2015
Comedian Adam Carolla has produced a new documentary, Winning, about Paul Newman's need for speed.

Titled Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman , the film, out now on video-on-demand, provides a rare glimpse into the actor's second career behind the wheel. And, yes, it is no coincidence it shares a name with Matt Stone and Preston Lerner's book, which was named for the 1969 Newman film about the Indy 500.

See what else Carolla told Esquire .

Motorbooks Title Offers Resource Following Motorcycle Club Shooting

May 25, 2015
Part of Motorbooks publishing program includes titles by and about motorcycle outlaw culture. Although the material is gritty, it is honest. These books play an important role in informing the reading public and - as we've seen in recent news reports - even mainstream media outlets.

The May shootout at a restaurant in Texas showed that little is known or understood about outlaw motorcycle-club culture. In fact, the Department of Justice had not heard of one of the clubs involved in these events leading CNN to turn to a Motorbooks title: The One Percenter Encyclopedia by Bill Hayes.

According to the CNN story: 'The Justice Department had no such synopsis for the Cossacks, but the book The One Percenter Encyclopedia: The World of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs from Abyss Ghosts to Zombies Elite , says they were founded in Texas in 1969 and have a major presence in Australia.'

The CNN version of the story has run on several news outlets following the incident.

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 .