Introducing Abrams Press

Abrams unveils its new narrative non-fiction imprint Abrams Press

ABRAMS, the preeminent publisher of illustrated books, announces the first titles to be published under Abrams Press, its new text-driven imprint with a focus on narrative nonfiction. Abrams Press will publish books that cover a broad range of categories including popular culture, film, art, design, general-interest science, nature, food topics, and more. The imprint’s logo, designed by Abrams Creative Director John Gall, joins a family of logos introduced in fall 2016 as part of a wider rebranding program.

“I am thrilled with the list we are putting together for Abrams Press,” says Executive Editor Jamison Stoltz, who has been charged with shaping the vision of the new imprint with the goal of acquiring a select list of great books by great writers. “These are all extraordinarily talented writers who offer unique perspectives on fascinating and diverse subjects.”

The first book to be published under Abrams Press will be Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America (May 16, 2017) by bestselling author Michael Ruhlman. The book, which was acquired by Abrams publisher Michael Sand, offers a provocative look at food issues through the lens of the supermarket, exploring the ways in which we produce, market, and consume our food. A mix of reportage, personal history, and social commentary, Grocery is a landmark book from one of our most insightful food writers.

Highlights of the Abrams Press fall 2017 list include Two-Dimensional Man by Paul Sahre, a highly original illustrated memoir by the acclaimed graphic designer; Breaking Bad 101 by renowned television critic Alan Sepinwall, a critical companion to the cutting-edge show; and A Stash of One’s Own edited by Clara Parkes, a collection of literary essays from some of the biggest names in the knitting world.

The spring 2018 season features a collection of moving, eye-opening personal essays by refugee writers edited by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen; Evil by renowned psychologist Dr. Julia Shaw, an irreverent look at what “evil” is, why we think it exists, and how we can better understand the dark side of life; A Grand Success! by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, and Nick Park, a collective memoir from the founders of the legendary Aardman Animations and the Oscar-winning creator, writer, and director of many of their beloved films; and Godforsaken Grapes, a wide-ranging exploration of obscure and under-appreciated wine grapes, by Jason Wilson, author of Boozehound.

“With Abrams Press, we are realizing a long-standing desire to add timely, thought-provoking narrative books to our already successful adult publishing portfolio. We want to publish more writers in our own special way. With the launch of Abrams Press, it is our moment to do so,” says President and CEO Michael Jacobs.