"Our aim is to reach a broad audience of readers who value engrossing, original stories that feature little-known facts, unique perspectives and unusual experiences," said Joseph. "These are books that will keep people up all night reading, and that they will want to talk about the next day."
The two works of narrative nonfiction by Abrams and Fisher tell stories of little-known but ground-breaking American historical court cases. "The history of American jurisprudence is replete with extraordinary – and many forgotten–trials that helped lay the groundwork for our legal system," said Abrams. "We intend to tell the greatest of those stories in very human terms, bringing readers into the courtrooms where our greatest leaders fought for justice. And we are especially pleased that the new Hanover Square Press will be the place that will bring those compelling stories to life."
Other notable early acquisitions include Neil Olson's The Black Painting, a literary mystery, bought on an exclusive submission, involving a stolen work by the artist Francisco de Goya, and Red River, a debut thriller inspired in part by true crime programs such as Serial and Making a Murderer, by Daily Mail First Novel Competition winner Amy Lloyd. Other titles on the 2018 list represent the broad scope of Hanover Square Press: Tomorrow by Damian Dibben follows the life of an immortal dog as he travels across 19th-century Europe, and a novel by former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper and New York Times bestselling author Steven Hartov follows a lieutenant who plots his escape from the front lines at the end of World War II along with his commander's mistress. Future lists will include titles by the New York Times bestselling historian John Boessenecker and a thriller by Charles Rosenberg, legal consultant for TV shows such as LA Law, Boston Legal and The Practice.
"The launch of Hanover Square Press represents the capstone of the yearlong development of our trade publishing program, which also saw the introduction of Park Row and Graydon House Books," said Loriana Sacilotto, Executive Vice President, Global Publishing and Strategy. "We are excited to be publishing such a broad range of stories and offering opportunities to talented writers of every type."
The name Hanover Square Press is inspired by New York's Hanover Square, which was once known as "Printing House Square" for the many printers, publishers and booksellers that surrounded it in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Prior to launching Hanover Square Press, Peter Joseph was an executive editor at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, where he worked on books by such notable authors as Senator Bernie Sanders, Peter Ackroyd, William Shatner, Richard A. Clarke, Wilbur Smith and Greg Graffin of Bad Religion.
For more information about Hanover Square Press, visit HanoverSqPress.com.
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