|Parent company||McEvoy Group|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||San Francisco|
|Distribution||Hachette Book Group USA|
|Publication types||Books, calendars|
The company was established in 1968 by Phelps Dewey, an executive with Chronicle Publishing Company, then-publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1999 it was bought by Nion McEvoy, great-grandson of M. H. de Young, founder of the Chronicle, from other family members who were selling off the company's assets. At the time Chronicle Books had a staff of 130 and published 300 books per year, with a catalog of more than 1,000 books.
In 2000 McEvoy set up the McEvoy Group as a holding Company. In 2006 the McEvoy Group purchased Spin Magazine in connection with the owners of San Francisco's 7x7 Magazine and California Home+Design.
Chronicle Books publishes books in subjects such as architecture, art, culture, interior design, cooking, children's books, gardening, pop culture, fiction, food, travel, and photography.
It has published a number of New York Times Bestsellers; the Griffin and Sabine series by Nick Bantock, Me Without You by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar, Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh.
Other best sellers have included The Beatles Anthology, What's Your Poo Telling You?, Mom and Dad are Palindromes by Mark Shulman, the Worst-Case Scenario series by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, the children's series Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, and Papa, do you Love Me and Golden Kite Award winner Mama, do you Love Me by Barbara M. Joosse. In March 2006 it published Between the Bridge and the River, a novel by Craig Ferguson.
The company also sells custom publishing service and gift accessories (such as desktop calendars), and operates three retail stores in San Francisco — including one in the base of their corporate headquarters near AT&T Park.
- Fost, Dan (1999-11-16). "Chron Books Remains All In the Family". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
- Raine, George (2006-03-01). "S.F. group buys 20-year-old rock music magazine Spin / Nion McEvoy leads company created for the acquisition". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
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