Workman Publishing Company

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Workman Publishing Company
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Status Active
Founded 1968
Founder Peter Workman
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Fiction genres books, audiobooks, calendars
Imprints Algonquin, Black Dog & Leventhal, Storey, Timber, Artisan, HighBridge Audio
Official website www.workman.com

Workman Publishing Company is one of the largest independent publishers of trade books and calendars, known primarily for non-fiction books along with calendars. Located in New York City, New York, USA, the company includes several imprints with offices located throughout the United States. Peter Workman founded the company in 1968 when he published the book Yoga 28-Day Exercise Plan. As of July 2007, two-thirds of the books published by the company remained in print.[1]

Notable publications[edit]

Workman invented the groundbreaking Page-A-Day Calendar series covering a variety of topics. Among its iconic bestsellers are B. Kliban's Cat, The Official Preppy Handbook, the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die book, calendar, and television program. [2] It publishes the bestselling pregnancy guide, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, many of Sandra Boynton’s children's books, and Brain Quest. [3] Workman has also published many widely regarded cookbooks, including Steven Raichlen’s The Barbecue Bible series and Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso’s The Silver Palate Cookbook.

Workman’s flagship imprint is known for a very information-dense layout inspired by magazine publishers, with large amounts of illustration and a heavy reliance on sidebars to convey information not directly stated in the text itself.

Imprints[edit]

Algonquin Books[edit]

Algonquin Books was founded in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1983 with a goal to publish quality fiction and nonfiction by unpublished young writers. Although it started as a small Southern house, it garnered national attention for many now-renowned authors, including Julia Alvarez, Kaye Gibbons, Robert Morgan, Lee Smith, Tayari Jones, and Amy Stewart among many others. In 1989, Algonquin was acquired by Workman Publishing, one of the largest independent publishing companies in the United States. Today, it has offices in New York City and Chapel Hill and is recognized internationally as a literary house with numerous bestsellers, boasting titles such as Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, and Last Child in the Woods.

Black Dog & Leventhal[edit]

Located in New York City, Black Dog & Leventhal (and its imprint Tess Press) is an independent book publisher. The company was founded by J.P. Leventhal in 1994. It publishes general non-fiction but is best known for comprehensive illustrated information-based works. Notable published books include: The Elements, by Theodore Gray; The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker, edited by Robert Mankoff; The Louvre: All the Paintings], by Vincent Pomarede, Curator of Paintings, Louvre Museum; Skyscrapers, by Judith Dupre; Jacques Pepin's Complete Techniques, by Jacques Pepin; The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages, Intro. by Bill Keller; The New York Times: The Complete Civil War 1861-1865, by Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds; Knit Your Own Dog, by Sally Muir and Joanna Osbourne; Knit Your Own Cat, by Sally Muir and Joanna Osbourne; Get Ready for School (16 titles in series); Take Me Out to the Ballpark, by Joshua Leventhal; Country Wisdom and Know-How, by the Editors of Storey; Survival Wisdom and Know-How, by the Editors of Stackpole; How to Stay Alive in the Woods, by Bradford Angier; Leonardo's Notebooks, edited by H. Anna Suh; The Manhattan Project, edited by Cynthia Kelly and Richard Rhodes; Honeybee, by C. Marina Marchese; The American Experience, edited by Erik Bruun; The Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes, edited by H. Aaron Cohl and Barry Dougherty; Broadway Musicals, by Ken Blum; The Academy Awards, by Jim Piazza and Gail Kinn; The Black Dog Opera Library (14 titles in series); The Annotated Godfather, by Jenny M. Jones; The Hammersteins, by Oscar Hammerstein III; and Ghosts, by Hans Holzer.

Storey Publishing[edit]

Storey Publishing was founded in 1983 in North Adams, Massachusetts. The company specializes in do-it-yourself books on gardening, crafts, nature, backyard building and other outdoor topics as varied as building your own log cabin and tanning leather yourself. Storey also publishes nature, horse and craft books aimed at young readers under the Storey Kids imprint. Popular titles include Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables, and The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. Storey's authors include Judith Durant, Edward C. Smith and Gail Damerow.

Timber Press[edit]

Timber Press was founded in 1978 in Portland, Oregon and has a second office in London. Timber focuses on more advanced gardening topics targeted at horticulturists, botanists, naturalists, and landscape professionals. Popular titles include The Edible Front Yard, What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?), and The Well-Tended Perennial Garden. Timber's authors include David Deardorff, Ken Druse, Michael Dirr, Andrew Wilson and Scott Ogden.

Artisan Books[edit]

Artisan, founded in 1994 and based in New York City, publishes high quality illustrated books. Specializing in cooking, design, and popular culture topics, the house has received national attention for books such as Ad Hoc at Home, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy, Design Sponge at Home, and Medal of Honor. Artisan’s cookbooks are frequently awarded IACP and James Beard Foundation Awards. Artisan authors include Grace Bonney, Jeni Britton Bauer, Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller, Alice Medrich, Lucinda Scala Quinn, Frank Stitt and David Tanis.

HighBridge Audio[edit]

HighBridge Audio was initially founded by Minnesota Public Radio to produce and distribute recordings of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Since then, HighBridge focuses approximately 45 titles a year in the forms of spoken word audio cassettes, CDs and downloadable audio books. The company is best known for publishing public-radio related titles, as well as Oprah's Book Club titles. HighBridge makes use of two readers in its audio book production for works primarily involving two main characters.[4] Popular titles include The Time Traveler's Wife, Water for Elephants, Life of Pi and Across the Nightingale Floor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Factsheet". Hoovers. D&B Company. 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Lists of Best-Selling Books". 2007-06-14. [dead link]
  3. ^ "On a Quest For Smarter Kids". 2005-05-16. 
  4. ^ Kristine, Diane (2006-02-14). "Book Reviews". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 

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