|Country of origin||Italy|
|Headquarters location||Segrate (Milan)|
|Key people||Pietro Marietti, Elisabetta Dami|
|Fiction genres||Children’s literature|
|Imprints||Il battello a vapore|
Edizioni Piemme is an Italian book publisher with specialisms in religion, and in fiction for children and young adults. Since October 2003 it has been part of the Mondadori group which acquired 70% of its equity at a cost of 14.104 million Euros. Among its best known publications are the Ulysses Moore and Century sagas for children by Pierdomenico Baccalario, and the works of Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner.
The company was founded in 1982 by Pietro Marietti whose family had been involved in the book trade since 1820. The first books to be published were on religious issues and this theme has remained a fundamental part of the catalogue, with authors including John Paul II and Carlo Maria Martini.
In 1999 Elisabetta Dami joined the company. She had worked in children's publishing for twenty years and in 2000 the imprint Il battello a vapore appeared. Among its mainstays have been the Geronimo Stilton books, which have sold more than twelve million copies in Italy alone, and the illustrated Milla & Sugar books by Prunella Bat.
In 2009 the Piemme Freeway imprint was established, devoted to books for young adults. The first publications included Il silenzio di Lenth, a fantasy novel by Luca Centi, and Ho scoperto che ti amo by Ann Edwards Cannon.
- This article was based substantially on its counterpart in the Italian Wikipedia, Edizioni Piemme.
- ‘Piemme Freeway’, Fantasay Magazine, 18 April 2009.