Night Shade Books Launches Literary Imprint Pugilist Press

From a new press release:

San Francisco, May 18, 2010- San Francisco-based independent publisher Night Shade Books today announced the creation of Pugilist Press, a new imprint that will focus exclusively on contemporary literary fiction with an edge. Night Shade founder Jason Williams will act as publisher and acclaimed editor Juliet Ulman will serve as editor-in-chief.

“Over the past twelve years, Night Shade Books has established itself as one of the leading publishers of fantasy, science fiction and horror, with stable of authors who have been critically hailed for breaking new ground in their genre,” said Williams. “We’re ready now to bring that ground-breaking vision into the mainstream; with Juliet on board, we hope to become the preeminent home for literary fiction that packs a punch.”

Ulman, a current finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor, comes to Pugilist after a distinguished eleven-year stint at Bantam Dell, where she acquired books that were notable both for their unusual, genre-defying narratives and their critical reception, racking up wins and nominations for the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the World Fantasy Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the Nebula Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and the Mythopoeic Award, among others. Titles acquired and edited by Ulman were honored as Best of the Year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Village Voice, Amazon.com, Powells.com, SFSite.com, and as New York Times Notable Books.

“What we’re looking for is tough literary fiction with a certain honesty and texture to it,” Ulman explained. “Think Cormac McCarthy, Harry Crewes, Gustav Hasford, Lionel Shriver, Dennis Lehane, Ernest Hemingway. Writers whose stories are extremely well-crafted, but who deal in a narrative style and subject matter that is direct, gritty, and often painful. Those are the voices that Pugilist hopes to bring to market.”

Pugilist Press will launch in Fall 2011 and will publish 14-16 books a year in trade paperback–one original title per month, accompanied by 2-4 reprints of classic titles per year. Additional information about Pugilist Press can be found at www.pugilistpress.com.

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