Penguin Group (USA) Names New Nonfiction Imprint Hudson Street Press

First Titles to Debut in Winter 2005

New York, New York - Laureen Rowland, Publisher of Penguin Group (USA)'s new adult hardcover nonfiction imprint, which she founded in May 2003, announced today that the imprint will be called Hudson Street Press and publish its first titles in Winter 2005.

On naming the imprint, Ms. Rowland said, "Hudson Street, and the area where our offices now stand, boasts a long-standing commitment to books and writing, as evidenced by the small presses and salons that flourished here in the early to mid-20th century. It is also an area known for individuality and creativity. As such, Hudson Street will endeavor to publish authors who bring a creative new perspective, or a distinctly unique voice, to some of the traditionally successful nonfiction categories, such as narrative nonfiction, memoir, lifestyle, health/diet, women's issues, popular history, biography, and science. And, of course, I'm proud to build upon the long-established and successful roots that Penguin Group itself has laid here."

When fully mature, Hudson Street Press will publish thirty hardcover nonfiction titles per year. Plume, one of Penguin Group's longstanding trade paperback imprints, will publish Hudson Street Press's titles in trade paperback.

Among Hudson Street Press recent acquisitions are:

Does This Wheelchair Make Me Look Fat?: A Memoir by Teri Garr with Henriette Mantel
Wry and inspiring, the widely popular Oscar-nominated actress (Tootsie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Mom, Friends) tells the story of her life, her career, and her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis in a book that is at once Hollywood hilarious and personally moving.

To See Every Bird On Earth by Dan Koeppel
From a well-known outdoors and nature writer comes a story about a father, a son, and a life-long obsession with competitive birding. Appealing to general narrative readers who enjoy fine writing and a glimpse into a quirky subculture, as well as diehard birders, the book explores the love and loss between a father and a son, the compulsion to conquer the natural chaos around us, and the timeless human romance with birds.

A Single Moment by Kate Michelman
From the Executive Director of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), one of the most influential pro-choice organizations in the country, A Single Moment is an urgent, personal, and politically impassioned wake-up call to American women to defend their freedom.  A powerful book about choice as it pertains to the right each woman has to shape her own life and assume her equal place in American society, this book is a direct challenge to the conservative movement's caricature of women as amoral creatures who are incapable of exercising moral judgment, and a call to arms to every American to confront the national and global consequences of forcing women to bear children against their will.

Fat Girl by Judith Moore
From a Guggenheim and NEA award-winning author comes a darkly riveting, compulsively readable and, at times, heartbreakingly funny memoir by a brilliant writer who is obsessed with food?and with being fat. Fat Girl shares a powerfully honest account of obesity that, until now, no one else has been brave enough to tell, an account that will appeal to the millions of girls and women (and not a few men) who have a love/hate relationship with food and their bodies, and anyone who has knowingly (or unconsciously) used food to try to fill the hole in her heart and soothe the craggy edges of her psyche.

The Pig and I by Rachel Toor
A heartfelt, kooky narrative in which Yale-grad single gal Rachel Toor recounts a series of love affairs with a mouse, a rat, a pot-bellied pig, a cat, two dogs, and, yes, an ass?as well as the male, human counterparts she dates that coincidentally look and act suspiciously like each of her pets! Appealing to animal lovers and romantic realists alike, The Pig and I comically illustrates why it's often easier to love a pet than a man, and how, sometimes, the most unlikely of companions can lead us to self-discovery.

The Coconut Diet by Dr. Mary Enig, Sally Fallon, with Alison Rose Levy
Picking up where THE ZONE and Atkins leave off, this science-based, cutting-edge "good news" diet reveals the amazing health and weight-loss benefits of coconut and offers a three-tier eating program that boasts delicious, filling, multi-ethnic recipes that whole families can enjoy.

Notes

Ms. Rowland's publishing career began at Simon & Schuster after which she moved to HarperCollins Publishers, rising to senior editor and publishing the surprise New York Times bestseller Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self by then-l7-year-old first-time author Sara Shandler. She is also known for conceiving, developing and publishing such national business bestsellers as Direct From Dell by Dell Computer founder and CEO Michael Dell, and The End of Marketing As We Know It by former Coca-Cola chief marketing officer Sergio Zyman. She joined the David Black Literary Agency in 1999 as an agent specializing in practical and narrative nonfiction. Ms. Rowland graduated magna cum laude from Providence College.

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group.  Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, The Penguin Press, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Further information

Brant Janeway, Hudson Street Press, (212) 366-2230