February 18, 2015
Faber hints it’s parting ways with FSG to start a new U.S. company
by Kirsten Reach
Is Faber & Faber opening a U.S. branch? It certainly sounded that way from the company’s announcement in The Bookseller yesterday: the company is ending its partnership with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux after seventeen years.
Chief executive Stephen Page said:
FSG and Faber’s partnership, since its beginning in 1998, has been a highly fruitful and successful one. There could have been no more sympathetic and valuable home for the Faber brand than FSG for seventeen years. The market, though, for English-language publishing has become increasingly global and digital and it has become important for us, as a UK-based publisher, to be able to operate under our strong brand in all English language markets and, of course, the United States is the largest of these. While this joint ownership is ending, we know that the history, values, and editorial spirit we share with FSG will endure in the many other ways we work together.
The words “global brand” are a strong indication that the company is interested in expanding internationally. This news arrives after the company’s considerable success with Ben Lerner‘s 10:04, and only a couple of years after the hit Skippy Dies, not to mention that three out of eight titles made the Folio shortlist last week.
In case Page’s announcement wasn’t clear, the company added that it would be “announcing plans for the US market shortly.”
Mitzi Angel, head of the Faber imprint at FSG, has been made VP and executive editor at FSG. She began work at FSG in August 2008, focusing on debut fiction and “high-quality nonfiction,” similar to her list at 4th Estate. (There she worked with authors like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.)
Jonathan Galassi praised Angel’s contributions to the list, and said, “we now look forward to her contributing full time to the FSG list with authors such as Donald Antrim, Rachel Cusk, Michel Houllebecq, and Emmanuel Carrère.” All of the Faber titles are headed to FSG over the next eighteen months, according to Jim Milliot of Publishers Weekly.
An aside from the FSG archives: @john_self recently shared a list of titles under consideration for the book that became Lord of the Flies by William Golding in 1954.
Let’s Play Islands, Faber. What’s your first move… Manhattan?
Kirsten Reach is an editor at Melville House.