Abrams Books

Abrams Books
Parent company La Martinière
Founded 1949
Founder Harry N. Abrams
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York, NY
Distribution Hachette Book Group USA
Key people Michael Jacobs, President, CEO
Publication types Books
Imprints Abrams Image, Amulet, Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Official website www.abramsbooks.com

Abrams, formerly Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (HNA), is an American publisher of high-quality art and illustrated books, and the enterprise is a subsidiary of the French publisher La Martinière Groupe. Run by President and CEO Michael Jacobs, Abrams publishes and distributes approximately 250 titles annually and has more than 2,000 titles in print. Abrams also distributes publications for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy, Vendome Press (in North America),[1] Booth Clibborn Editions, Other Criteria, and 5 Continents.[2]


Abrams publishes the following imprints:


Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, Abrams was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art books.[3][4] Times Mirror acquired the company in 1966, and Harry Abrams retired in 1977. For many years, the company was under the direction of Paul Gottlieb (publisher), until January 2001, eighteen months before his death.[5] Abrams had been acquired by La Martinière Groupe in 1997.[4]


Abrams Books

Abrams Books publishes illustrated books on the subjects of art, architecture, photography, graphic design, interior and garden design, fashion, music, comic arts and graphic novels, and sports. The Abrams imprint is under the direction of Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Eric Himmel and Senior Vice President and Publisher Steven Tager. Books published by this imprint includes Himalayas,The Art of Walt Disney,[6][7] Norman Rockwell's Christmas, Gnomes,[8][9][10][11] Faeries,[12][13] Man's Best Friend,[14][15][16][17] Avedon: Performance,[18][19][20][21] Vanity Fair: The Portraits,[22][23][24][25] Rolling Stone: 1,000 Covers, Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature, The Diary of Frida Kahlo,[26] Earth from Above,[27][28][29][30][31][32] Twilight, Tiffany Style, Textile Designs, Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time, Tim Flach: Equus, Dogs Gods, Graffiti World, Mom's Cancer, Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century, and R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues; Jazz & Country, Art Deco Architecture: Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties, as well the bestselling "365" and "Discoveries" series. In Spring 2009, Abrams launched a sub-imprint devoted to comics and graphic novels, Abrams ComicArts. In addition to its own titles, Abrams distributes books for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy, Vendome Press, Booth Clibborn Editions, Other Criteria, and 5 Continents. Abrams will be publishing these books in Spring 2013: The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Jen Corace, a new version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale; The Museum by Susan Verde, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds, a picture book that celebrates visiting the museum; How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure, in which a kitten learns all things feline; Henry's Hand by Ross MacDonald, starring two best friends: a monster, and his right hand; and Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss, illus. by Yuko Shimizu, the true story of how Kenichi Zenimura introduced the game of baseball to Japanese internment camps during World War II.[33]

Stewart, Tabori & Chang (STC)

Stewart, Tabori & Chang (STC) was founded in 1981 by Andrew Stewart, Lena Tabori, and Nai Chang, three former Harry N. Abrams executives. STC was purchased by Éditions de La Martinière in 2000 and is now an imprint of ABRAMS under the direction of Senior Vice President and Publisher Leslie Stoker.[34] STC is a publisher of illustrated inspirational and practical titles. The house specializes in the categories of cooking, crafts, interior design, sports, green living, sports, pets, and popular culture. Some of STC's bestselling titles are Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for the Food, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, Bunny Williams's Affair with a House, and Grandmother Remembers, which has sold 2 million copies. Over a dozen of STC's cookbooks have won James Beard[35] and International Association of Culinary Professionals[36] awards over the years, and three STC cookbooks have been named Best Book of the Year by those organizations.

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Abrams Books for Young Readers was launched in 1999, under the direction of Senior Vice President and Publisher Howard W. Reeves. The books range from story books to poetry to the fine arts and other nonfiction. Some highlights of this award-winning children's line for preschool to middlegrade readers include the bestselling Enigma by Graeme Base; Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by 20th–Century American Art, 2002 winner of the coveted Michael J. Printz Honor Award;[37] Maritcha by Tonya Bolden, 2006 winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award;[38] The Jellybeans and the Big Dance by bestselling author Laura Numeroff; and Laurent de Brunhoff's Babar's Museum of Art.

Amulet Books

Amulet Books is a list of novels and nonfiction for young adults and middle grade readers, launched in 2004, under the direction of Senior Vice President and Publisher Howard Reeves and Associate Publisher Susan Van Metre. Since its inception, Amulet has published many bestselling and award-winning books, including Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series,[39][40][41][42][43][44][45] Lauren Myracle's Internet Girls series,[46][47] Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm series,[48][49][50] and Aidan Chambers's This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn.[51][52]

Abrams Image

Abrams Image was launched in Spring 2006 to publish stylish illustrated and nonillustrated books with a little more edge in the categories of music, humor, reference, photography, design, and popular culture. Highlights of the list include the national bestsellers Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar and Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. Other notable titles include Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, Pot Culture, The Facebook Book, Make the Bible Work for You, Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats, and No Wave: Post Punk. Underground. New York. 1976—1980, Office Mayhem: A Handbook to Practical Anarchy.


  1. "Abrams website". Abramsbooks.com. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  2. Harry N. Abrams interview, 1972 March 14, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
  3. 1 2 "TIMES MIRROR TO SELL HARRY N. ABRAMS UNIT", The New York Times, March 11, 1997
  4. Paul Gottlieb, Longtime Publisher of Art Books, Dies at 67, New York Times, June 6, 2002.
  5. The Art of Walt Disney, The New York Times Book Review, 2 December 1973
  6. The Art, So to Speak, of Walt Disney, The New York Times, 28 October 1973
  7. Snotgurgles Were Enemies, The New York Times, 25 December 1977
  8. A Cornucopia of Children's Books, Time, 21 November 1977
  9. To Gnome is to Love 'Em, Harvard Crimson, 15 February 1978
  10. Book Character Come Alive, The New York Times, 28 December 1979
  11. Strange Hauntings, The New York Times Book Review, 3 December 1978
  12. The Enchanted Circle, Time, 9 October 1978
  13. William Wegman: The Artist and His Dog, The New York Times Magazine, 29 November 1987
  14. The Dogged Artistry of William Wegman A Droll Dog and a Loopy Approach Are Still the Secrets to His Deadpan Style, Los Angeles Times, 13 November 1988
  15. Fay and Ray, Via Wegman, Los Angeles Times, 27 December 1987
  16. Bowwowing The Art World, Time, 23 March 1992
  17. The view from Planet Avedon, Boston Globe, 21 December 2008
  18. Show People, The New Yorker, 1 September 2008
  19. Gifts Worth Buying a Coffee Table For, The New York Times, 27 November 2008
  20. Richard Avedon's picture-perfect 'Performance', New York Daily News, 29 October 2008
  21. 'Vanity Fair Portraits' at LACMA, Los Angeles Times, 26 October 2008
  22. Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, 5 December 2008
  23. A Peek Into The World Of Graydon Carter, "CBS Sunday Morning," 21 September 2008
  24. Reference and coffee-table books for everyone on your list, Seattle Times, 7 December 2008
  25. A Genius for Suffering, The New York Times Book Review, 19 November 1995
  26. The Servants of Both Science and Beauty, The New York Times, 5 November 1999
  27. Bound to Please Popups and Lush Photos Turn Up the Visual Volume for Coffee-Table Books This Year , New York Daily News, 21 November 1999 Archived August 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. The Face of the Earth: Millennium Park's First Big Show Uses Stunning Photography to Send a Global Message, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2002
  29. The World as a Cavalcade of Patterns, Not Always Pretty, The New York Times, 16 June 2002
  30. Eye in the Sky: A French photographer sets out to capture the world's fragility as well as its breathtaking beauty, Smithsonian, 1 September 2002
  31. A Chance to View the Earth — In High Style , New York Daily News, 29 October 1999
  32. Compiled by Shannon Maughan (2012-07-16). "Spring 2013 Sneak Previews". Publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  33. 2 Illustrated-Book Publishers Are Combining, The New York Times, 3 August 2000
  34. James Beard Foundation Awards, 2008 winners.
  35. 2009 IACP Cookbook Awards, 2009 winners.
  36. Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books Archived March 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  37. Coretta Scott King Book Award, complete list of recipients, chronological
  38. Kids' Choice Award 2009, winners list
  39. Between the Lines: 'Kid' Rocks, The rise of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," Entertainment Weekly, 2 May 2008
  40. Kids' Lit Gets Graphic, Two surprise best sellers may herald a young-adult revolution, New York Magazine, 13 April 2008
  41. Crossover Dreams:: Turning Free Web Work Into Real Book Sales, The New York Times, 13 December 2007
  42. 'Wimpy Kid' Keeps Kids of All Ages in Stitches, NPR, "All Things Considered," 2 February 2008
  43. 'Wimpy Kid' bullies its way to big success, USA Today, 27 January 2008
  44. Resorting to humor, and petty larceny, The Boston Globe, 20 May 2007
  45. Cool books for cool kids, Young adult fiction for summer reflects teens' world, style, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2004
  46. Children's Bestseller List, The New York Times, 20 July 2005
  47. The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives, The Washington Post, 27 November 2005
  48. New Regency to Date The Sisters Grimm, CanMag, 19 June 2007
  49. Living a fairy tale , Stories come to life during school parade, Augusta Chronicle, 2 March 2007
  50. There's nowt so queer as Suffolk, The Observer, 28 September 2005
  51. Aidan Chambers: This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn, The Horn Book Magazine, 1 September 2006

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