The Crown Publishing Group is a subsidiary of Random House that publishes across several categories including fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography and memoir, cooking, health, business, and lifestyle. Its imprints include Crown, Crown Archetype, Crown Business, Crown Forum, Hogarth, Three Rivers Press, Clarkson Potter, Potter Craft, Potter Style, Broadway Books, Broadway Paperbacks, Image (formerly Doubleday Religion), WaterBrook/Multnomah, Harmony Books, Rodale Books, Watson-Guptill, Amphoto Books, and Ten Speed Press. Formerly, the company also used the Bell Tower Press, Orion Books (unconnected to Orion Publishing in the United Kingdom), and related imprints and subsidiaries, such as Gramercy Publishing Company. However, these have now either been discontinued or transferred to other Random House units.
Crown authors include Jean Auel, Max Brooks, George W. Bush, Deepak Chopra, Ann Coulter, Giada De Laurentiis, Gillian Flynn, Jim Gaffigan, Ina Garten, Mindy Kaling, Rachel Maddow, Jillian Michaels, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Theresa Rebeck, Mark Brennan Rosenberg, Judith Rossner, Rebecca Skloot, Suzanne Somers, Martha Stewart and many others.
|Crown Publishing Group|
|Parent company||Penguin Random House|
|Founders||Nat Wartels, Bob Simon|
|Country of origin||United States|
The company was founded in 1933 as the Outlet Book Company by Nat Wartels and Bob Simon. Outlet Book Company began by featuring overstock and remaindered books, but soon moved into reprints of backlist, out-of-print, largely non-fiction titles, then into reprints of best-selling fiction and non-fiction, and eventually into original titles. It was under the Crown name that they began to publish original content in 1936.
Crown acquired bankrupt publishers such as Covici-Friede, Henkle-Yewdale, and Robert M. McBride in the 1940s. Other publishers acquired by Crown include Arcadia House; Howell, Soskin; and Julian Press.
Under the direction of Wartels, Alan Mirken, Joseph Reiner and others, Crown Books became one of the Outlet Book Company's lead imprints for original publishing which included such landmark fiction and non-fiction as Judith Krantz's Princess Daisy, Jean M. Auel's The Clan of the Cave Bear and Alex Comfort's The Joy of Sex in its early high-profile years.
Crown Publishing Group had its headquarters at 225 Park Avenue South in Midtown Manhattan, occupying 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) of space. Random House received the space when it acquired the company. In 1990 Random House signaled intentions to sublease the space.
Nat Wartels, founder, Crown Publishers, inducted for outstanding contributions to book publishing. Wartels' philosophy has been "to perceive what people in the marketplace want, and find the right author, art director and whoever else is needed to shape the book for the audience." With that, Wartels organized the bankrupt Outlet Book Company—which he bought for a few hundred dollars during the Depression—into highly successful Crown Publishing.
In 1933, inspired entrepreneurs Nat Wartels and Bob Simon founded a book company named Outlet Book Company. With the goal of providing quality books at inexpensive prices, Wartels and Simon used innovative techniques to create new markets for the books, bringing Outlet to the forefront of bargain book publishing. Outlet Book Company also introduced the concept of reprinting bestselling books to sell at bargain prices.
Mr. Mirken joined Crown in 1951. He developed Publishers Central Bureau, a leading mail-order book and video distributor, and the Outlet Book Company, which markets promotional books. Crown also publishes trade books, including those of the best-selling authors Judith Krantz, Jean Auel and William J. Caunitz.
Mr. Reiner originated the Bonanza division of Outlet, which brought books back into print in quality hardcover editions. These included Bruce Catton's American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War, the original water-color paintings by John James Audubon and works by such authors as Frank Lloyd Wright and P. G. Wodehouse.
A Doctor's Report on Dianetics: Theory and Therapy is a non-fiction book analyzing Dianetics. The book was authored by physician Joseph Augustus Winter, with an introduction by German Gestalt Therapy research psychiatrist Frederick Perls.
The book was first published in hardcover by the Julian Press Julian Messner, in 1951, and published again in 1987, by Crown Publishing Group. The work was the first book published that was professionally critical of L. Ron Hubbard.American Grown
American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America is a book by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama published in 2012. The book promotes healthy eating and documents the White House Kitchen Garden through the seasons. The garden, planted in 2009 on the White House's South Lawn, was instrumental in the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity. Journalist Lyric Winik assisted Obama in the writing of American Grown and proceeds will be donated to the National Park Foundation.American Grown is divided into four sections (one for each season) and includes color photographs of vegetables, as well as recipes, instructions for making a compost bin, and stories about community gardens in the United States. The book delves into the history of gardens at the White House, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden and Thomas Jefferson's attempts to grow a four-foot-long cucumber. Obama describes how the Kitchen Garden's Jefferson beds include a quote from the former President that is also a guiding principle for the garden: "the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another; and instead of one harvest, a continued one throughout the year."American Grown blends the First Lady's personal gardening experiences with stories from the White House Kitchen Garden. Obama writes about the time in her life when she had "no idea that tomatoes didn’t come in green plastic trays, covered by cellophane, and that they could be any color other than pale red." The portion of the book devoted to the White House beehive describes how an apple tree in the Children's Garden produced fruit for the first time in 25 years after the introduction of bees. Through her research for the book, Obama discovered that her maternal grandmother tended a community victory garden in Chicago.A review in The New York Times referred to Obama's book "charming and thought-provoking", writer Dominique Browning also stating that the garden serves as a good example to call the country's attention to the connection between food quality and health.Becoming (book)
Becoming is the memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. The book is published by Crown and will be released in 24 languages. One million copies will be donated to First Book, an American nonprofit organization which provides books to children.It sold more copies than any other book published in the United States in 2018, breaking the record in just 15 days.Bob Harris (writer)
Bob Harris (born October 15, 1963) is an American radio commentator, writer, comedian, and former Jeopardy! champion.Broadway Books
Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a Division of Random House, Inc., released its first list in Fall, 1996. Broadway Books has since published many New York Times bestsellers in hardcover and paperback, including Elizabeth Edwards’ memoir Resilience, Bill O’Reilly’s memoir A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, Decision Points by George W. Bush, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, and A Lion Called Christian by Ace Bourke and John Rendall.
Broadway Books publishes approximately seventy titles a year across hardcover and paperback lists, in categories including narrative nonfiction, memoir, health and wellness, diet and fitness, inspiration, history, travel and adventure narrative, pop culture, politics, personal finance, popular reference, humor and contemporary fiction.
Travel writers in their “Broadway Abroad” category are Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun), Bill Bryson (A Walk in the Woods) and Martin Troost (Lost on Planet China and Getting Stoned With the Savages). Notable memoirs include Eric Clapton’s Clapton, the bestselling rock autobiography of all time, the New York Times bestsellers Escape by Carolyn Jessop and No Shortcuts to the Top by climber Ed Viesturs, as well as Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.
In the field of personal finance, Broadway's titles include David Bach's The Automatic Millionaire and Smart Women Finish Rich. Broadway's books that have been made into films include Kurt Eichenwald’s bestselling The Informant and C. D. Payne ’s cult classic Youth In Revolt. In diet, health and fitness titles include Lou Arrone’s The Skinny, Are You Ready! from television's Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper. Broadway Books' cookbook backlist includes vegetarian guru Deborah Madison.Convergent
Convergent is an adjective for things that converge. It is commonly used in mathematics and may refer to:
Convergent boundary, a type of plate tectonic boundary
Convergent (continued fraction)
Convergent seriesConvergent may also refer to:
Convergent Books, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group
Convergent Technologies, a computer companyGone Girl (novel)
Gone Girl is a thriller novel by the writer Gillian Flynn. It was published by Crown Publishing Group in June 2012. The novel soon made the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel's suspense comes from Nick Dunne, and whether he is involved in the disappearance of his wife.
In several interviews, Flynn has said that she was inspired to write the novel by the disappearance of Laci Peterson. In portraying her principal characters who are out-of-work writers, she made use of her own experience being laid off from her job as a writer for Entertainment Weekly.
Critics in the United States positively received and reviewed the novel. Reviewers praised the novel's use of unreliable narration, plot twists, and suspense.
A film adaptation, directed by David Fincher and written by Flynn, with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike starring, was released on October 3, 2014. The film was met with both commercial success and widespread critical acclaim.Harmony Books
Harmony Books is an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, itself part of publisher Penguin Random House.
The imprint has been used for such books as:
Jill Freedman, Circus Days (1975, ISBN 0-517-52008-7, ISBN 0-517-52009-5).
Mark Lewisohn, The Beatles Recording Sessions (1988, ISBN 978-0-517-57066-1).
Leni Riefenstahl, Vanishing Africa (1982, ISBN 0-517-54914-X).
Stephen Jay Gould, Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin (1996, ISBN 0-517-70394-7).Harmony Books is currently focused on books about personal transformation, well-being, health, relationships, self-improvement, and spirituality. Books and authors include Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen, M.D., The Dukan Diet, Deepak Chopra, The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, eighteen books with Suzanne Somers, Queen Bees & Wannabes and Masterminds & Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman and multiple books with the Dalai Lama.Hogarth Press
The Hogarth Press was a British publishing house founded in 1917 by Leonard Woolf and Virginia Woolf. It was named after their house in Richmond (then in Surrey and now in London), in which they began hand-printing books.
During the interwar period, the Hogarth Press grew from a hobby of the Woolfs to a business when they began using commercial printers. In 1938 Virginia Woolf relinquished her interest in the business and it was then run as a partnership by Leonard Woolf and John Lehmann until 1946, when it became an associate company of Chatto & Windus. "Hogarth" is now an imprint of The Crown Publishing Group, part of Random House Inc.
As well as publishing the works of the members of the Bloomsbury group, the Hogarth Press was at the forefront of publishing works on psychoanalysis and translations of foreign, especially Russian, works.If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans is a book by American conservative columnist Ann Coulter. Published by Crown Publishing Group on October 2, 2007, the book is a collection of Coulter's quotes, some of which were selected by her fans. Each chapter contains a brief introduction to the subject matter written by Coulter for this book, followed by a selection of previously published quotes. Topics included are McCarthyism, terrorism and media bias.Learning to Swim
Learning to Swim (ISBN 978-0-307-71838-9) is a book written by Sara J. Henry and published by Crown Publishing Group (now owned by Penguin Random House) on 22 February 2011 which later went on to win the Mary Higgins Clark Award in 2012.Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House (PRH) is an American multinational conglomerate publishing company formed in 2013 from the merger of Random House (owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann) and Penguin Group (owned by British publishing company Pearson plc).
As of 2013, Penguin Random House employed about 10,000 people globally and published 15,000 titles annually under its 250 divisions and imprints. These titles include fiction and nonfiction for adults and children in both print and digital.
Penguin Random House comprises Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, and India; Penguin in Brazil, Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Hispanic America, and Germany.Robert Baer
Robert Booker Baer (born July 11, 1952) is an American author and a former CIA case officer who was primarily assigned to the Middle East. He is Time's intelligence columnist and has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Baer speaks 8 languages, won the CIA career intelligence medal and is a frequent commentator and author about issues related to international relations, espionage and U.S. foreign policy. Currently he is a reality television host on the History program Hunting Hitler. He is an Intelligence and Security Analyst for CNN. His book "See no evil" was adapted by the director Stephen Gaghan and used as the basis for the film Syriana, with George Clooney playing Baer's character.Ten Speed Press
Ten Speed Press is a publishing house founded in Berkeley, California in 1971 by Philip Wood. Wood worked with Barnes & Noble in 1962, Penguin Books in 1965, and left a senior sales positions at Penguin Books in Baltimore and New York before founding Ten Speed Press. Wood died in 2010.Ten Speed started with Anybody’s Bike Book which is still in print and became the book that inspired the company’s name and went on to sell more than a million copies. Ten Speed's all-time best-seller is What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles which was first published in 1972 and as of 2009 has sold more than ten million copies and exists in 20 languages. In addition to these two books, Ten Speed has published a number of other titles, including Moosewood Cookbook, White Trash Cooking, Why Cats Paint, The Bread Baker's Apprentice, Vegetable Literacy, Yotam Ottolenghi's Jerusalem, Franklin Barbecue, and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The books are usually colorfully designed and sometimes come in odd shapes to match their whimsical subjects. Ten Speed Press currently publishes 150 books a year under all of its imprints.
In 1983, Ten Speed acquired Celestial Arts, a New Age book publisher. In 2002, the company acquired Crossing Press, a publisher specializing in metaphysics, alternative lifestyles, and healing. In 2013, Watson-Guptill became an imprint of Ten Speed.Ten Speed Press itself was bought by Random House in February 2009 and is now part of their Crown Publishing Group division. Before the takeover it published under its four imprints, Ten Speed Press, Celestial Arts, Crossing Press, and Tricycle Press, more than 100 new hardcovers and trade paperbacks annually and had a backlist of more than 1,000 active titles.The 4-Hour Body
The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman is a nonfiction book by American writer Tim Ferriss. It was published by Crown Publishing Group in 2010.
It focuses on diet, with chapters on exercise, sleep, and sexual performance. It debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and spent three weeks in the top 3. The book attracted some controversy for its claims.The Expats
The Expats (ISBN 978-0-307-95635-4) is a novel by Chris Pavone which was originally published by Crown Publishing Group (a subsidiary of Random House) on 6 March 2012, and in 2013, won the Anthony Award and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.Three Rivers Press
Three Rivers Press is the trade paperback imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House. It publishes original paperback titles as well as paperback reprints of books issued initially in hardcover by the other Crown imprints.