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Simon & Schuster and David Zwirner Books Announce Distribution Agreement
January 30, 2019

As noted in ARTnews, Simon & Schuster and David Zwirner Books have just announced a distribution partnership that will make David Zwirner the first gallery to have mainstream trade distribution of its titles in North America. Going forward, the roster will extend beyond traditional fine-art monographs and catalogues to a broader spectrum of genres, including fiction, politics, literature in translation, poetry, and plays.

Founded in 2014, David Zwirner Books has grown rapidly, with its business doubling every year in sales and number of titles published: it now publishes over thirty books a year, with more than half of them expanding beyond the David Zwirner gallery program. Editorial Director Lucas Zwirner joined David Zwirner Books in 2015 and has spearheaded the expansion of the editorial platform to create books for the general trade market. Highlights include Donald Judd Writings (2016); William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest, Selected Works (2016); Anni Albers: Notebook 1970–1980 (2017); R. Crumb: Bible of Filth (2017); The Sweet Flypaper of Life (2018), recently reviewed in The New York Times Book Review; What it Means to Write About Art (2018); Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life (2018); and the ekphrasis series, which has been reviewed in Bookforum, Financial Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among others.

"David Zwirner Books has redefined what a gallery publisher can be and is now responsible for many of the most exciting and dynamic art books in the industry. We have been impressed by David Zwirner Books’ editorial focus, the quality and range of its titles, and its traction both within the art world and beyond. We are eager to bring their impressive titles to readers across the US," said Michael Perlman, Vice President, General Manager of Simon & Schuster Publisher Services.

Lucas Zwirner, editorial director of David Zwirner Books, said of the partnership: "I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with one of the most storied American publishing houses—I couldn’t imagine a better distribution partner for David Zwirner Books. Simon & Schuster’s outstanding sales and marketing teams will provide a vital framework for our future growth."

David Zwirner Books was previously distributed by Artbook | D.A.P. Lucas Zwirner added: "We offer our gratitude to our friends and colleagues at D.A.P. for their important role in our development as a publisher. I particularly want to thank Sharon Gallagher for her incredible support in our early days." Thames & Hudson will remain the distributor for David Zwirner Books outside of North America.

Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in ction and non ction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Free Press, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Simon & Schuster proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information, visit simonandschuster.com.

David Zwirner Books
David Zwirner Books was founded in 2014 as the stand-alone publishing house of David Zwirner. The imprint publishes catalogues, monographs, historical surveys, artists’ books, and catalogues raisonnés related to the gallery’s renowned exhibition program, in addition to titles independent of gallery artists or programming. David Zwirner Books’ publications are produced with the highest of production standards in collaboration with some of the most respected authors, designers, and printers working today, and serve as a valuable resource to curators, scholars, students, and art lovers alike.