Kensington Acquires Erewhon

Kensington Publishing has acquired Erewhon Books, which will continue as a Kensington imprint. Sarah Guan will continue to lead the imprint, and the rest of the Erewhon team will continuing working under the new owners.

Kensington President and CEO Steven Zacharius said,

The diverse, high-quality list Erewhon has built and the level of support they’ve been able to offer their authors as a small, but effective and passionate team is impressive. It also very much aligns with Kensington’s own ethos as an independent company driven by reader interest with a focus on developing and building authors’ careers. We are excited to amplify Erewhon’s considerable strengths while advancing their vision for thoughtful, effortlessly strange literary speculative fiction.

Guan said,

From its inception, Erewhon Books has published thought-provoking work that examines a wide array of experiences of the world…. With Kensington’s robust reputation in the industry behind us and with the powerhouse of their distribution through Penguin Random House, Erewhon now has the opportunity to give our authors and team a greater platform than ever before. We are looking forward to building the next phase of Erewhon’s growth, as our future has never been brighter!

Erewhon was founded in 2018, and has published authors including Cassandra Khaw, C.L. Polk, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and E. Lily Yu. The acquisition “encompasses Erewhon’s backlist and existing frontlist titles scheduled through 2024. Current distribution and fulfillment agreements for Erewhon Books will remain in place until January 1, 2023, when the imprint will move to Penguin Random House Publisher Services division.”

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