Macmillan evp Will Schwalbe has brokered a deal with Carrie Welch at the New York Public Library “to create and publish a wide variety of print and e-books for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by” the library’s collection. Michael Flamini will oversee the adult program, and Jean Feiwel and Christian are overseeing the children’s line.
Among the first adult titles will be a book featuring menus from the library’s collection of 45,000 New York eatery menus and Book Face, collecting top posts from the #bookface Instagram. Early children’s titles include a coloring book featuring vintage art; a picture book starring the lions who stand in front of the Library’s main building, Patience and Fortitude; and a middle grade novel based on a real family who once lived in the library.
Macmillan ceo John Sargent comments in the announcement: “What a great pleasure it is to be the publishing partner of the NYPL…. It is an honor both personally and professionally to work with them to disseminate this great wealth of content.”
In other publication announcements, Ballantine Bantam Dell will issue Lee Child‘s No Middle Name: The Complete Jack Reacher Short Stories, on May 30, 2017. The collection of previously published novellas and short stories will also feature a new novella, Too Much Time.
In other news briefs, the UK’s Folio Prize has secured new sponsorship from Rathbone Investment Management. The next award, to be given to what they judge as “the best book” whether fiction or nonfiction, will be announced on May 24, 2017.