23rd September 2020
Peter Blackstock appointed Publisher of Grove Press UK
8th September 2020
Morgan Entrekin, CEO & Publisher of Grove Atlantic, is pleased to announce that Peter Blackstock has been appointed to the new role of Publisher for the Grove Press UK imprint, with daily operations continuing to be run by the team at Atlantic Books in London. Originally from England, Blackstock moved to New York and started at Grove in 2011. In the US, he has published authors including Bernardine Evaristo, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Sayaka Murata, and Douglas Stuart, longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize for Shuggie Bain. He will remain in New York and continue all his previous editorial duties at Grove Atlantic but will travel to the UK to attend sales conferences and for other work-related visits when this becomes possible.
Grove Press UK was created in 2010 by Morgan Entrekin, the co-founder of Atlantic Books, following the sale of Grove Atlantic’s controlling interest in Atlantic Books in 2009. Over the last decade Grove Press UK has published over 100 titles across literary fiction, crime fiction, and narrative nonfiction. Writers published by Grove Press UK include Mark Bowden, Jesse Eisenberg, Eileen Myles, Gay Talese, John Lawton, Patrick Hoffman, Susan Isaacs, Andrus Kivirähk, John Kennedy Toole, Edgar Snow, and Charmaine Craig. Grove Press’s UK publications have earned accolades including making the longlists for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Dylan Thomas Prize, the shortlists for the Jhalak Prize and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and have become bestsellers.
Peter Blackstock will direct the imprint, working closely with Group Associate Publisher Clare Drysdale and the rest of the Atlantic Books team, including Campaigns Executive Sophie Walker, who will now manage marketing for all Grove Press UK titles, and Head of Campaigns and Associate Publisher Karen Duffy, who handles all publicity campaigns for the list. Led by Clare Drysdale in London, the Atlantic Books team will continue to handle sales and distribution for the list of 12-15 titles a year.
Morgan Entrekin explains the renewed commitment to the imprint:
Grove Press UK was established with the strategy of coordinating publications in all English-language markets. We bring our author-centric philosophy to our publishing there, and we’ve had success with many of our books, from Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s Small Fry to Madhuri Vijay’s The Far Field to Scotty Bowers’s Full Service, so we’re excited to be doing more with the imprint there.
Grove Atlantic will also continue to license books to UK publishers selectively.
Blackstock told The Bookseller:
I’m thrilled to be working with Grove Press UK in a more official way and to look for opportunities to bring in select authors we aren’t publishing in the States. The team at Atlantic are amazing and it will be a joy to work more closely with them. I’m crossing fingers that a non-virtual meeting might be possible before too long!
For the last 10 years, Grove Press UK has exclusively published titles where Grove Atlantic is the American publisher, but Grove Atlantic is now acquiring UK rights for select titles it is not publishing in the US. The first acquisition of this type is Jennet Conant’s The Great Secret, forthcoming from W.W. Norton in September and from Grove Press UK on October 1, with Grove acquiring UK & Commonwealth rights from Kris Dahl at ICM Partners: an untold piece of military history and a surprising story of medical ingenuity.
Other titles for Autumn 2020 include a new book by political humorist P. J. O’Rourke, whose last seven books have all been published by Grove Press UK. A Cry from the Far Middle is a call for ‘extreme moderation’ at a time when American politics have become more polarized than ever. Bradford Morrow’s literary mystery The Forger’s Daughter, centering around a highly rare Edgar Allen Poe book, is coming in November, and the newest edition of former Granta editor John Freeman’s eponymous literary anthology-journal Freeman’s will be published in October, on the theme of love. Next year brings Grove Press UK books from Rickie Lee Jones, Takis Würger, Alexander Wolff, Francisco Goldman, and Julie Kavanagh.