Arthur A. Levine announced details about his new venture at the Bologna Book Fair. Levine Querido is a partnership with Holland’s Querido (an imprint of Singel). Levine says: “I’m starting this company with enormous optimism about the importance and potential for making outstanding books in an independent environment. We can give something of enormous value to children. And to have an ally in Querido for whom I have such profound admiration, is a great blessing.” He adds, adds: “Great stories come from everywhere. I want my new company to seek them in the beautiful diversity of America, and the literary/artistic riches of the world.”
Levine is joined by two colleagues from Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic: Nicholas Thomas is senior editor at Levine Querido, and Meghan Maria McCullough is assistant editor. The company adds on Twitter, “We are dedicated to seeking out the work of talented creators and building a platform for underrepresented voices.” They will also publish books in translation from Querido, whose list includes recent Astrid Lingren Memorial Award honoree Bart Moeyaert.
The Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY is for sale. The owners wrote in an announcement, “How lucky we are to have come together more than seven years ago to carry the store forward and be an integral part of the community. Now it seems it is the right time to pass it along. And so, we will begin searching for new owners who are committed to keeping the store a vibrant part of Main Street. As we search, we will continue to serve you with joy and commitment.” The store was founded in 1977.