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J.P. Leventhal to Step Down After 25 Years

New York, NY–October 17, 2017

 J.P. Leventhal, who founded Black Dog & Leventhal (BD&L) Publishers in 1992, will be leaving his role as Publisher of the imprint, on December 31, 2017.  Black Dog & Leventhal is known worldwide for creating a high quality, varied, and inventive program of non-fiction and illustrated books, including bestsellers like The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages, The Louvre: All the Paintings, and current pop culture titles from artists such as Chuck D., The Jackson Brothers, and Mel Brooks. Next year, Black Dog & Leventhal will publish what might be its biggest book ever, the two-volume The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons.

Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch says: “J.P. Leventhal has been a force in publishing, an original, and a splendid collaborator. His genius for bringing visual content into books in new ways has brought joy to millions of readers. It has been a pleasure having him and his team become part of HBG, and we look forward to his DNA living on in the imprint he created.”

Leventhal adds: “I am so proud of the many wonderful books we have published over the past twenty-five years, and of the smart, dynamic and dedicated team that built us to be the creative, market-responsive house that we are today. What fun we’ve had.”

Effective immediately, Black Dog & Leventhal will become part of Perseus Books’s Running Press imprint, reporting to Kristin Kiser, VP and Publisher of Running Press.

“I have long admired J.P. Leventhal and his beautiful publishing program at Black Dog & Leventhal,” Kiser says, “and am thrilled that we will be publishing these delightful books as a separate imprint at Running Press. J.P. is a singular creative talent in publishing, and I look forward to building on his great success with the wonderful Black Dog & Leventhal team.”

About Black Dog & Leventhal:

Black Dog & Leventhal is the publisher of strikingly original books of light reference, humor, cooking, sports, music, film and entertainment, mysteries, history and biography, and much more, as well as a small vibrant list of children’s books for school and home study. After a long career at the Crown Publishing Group, Leventhal founded Black Dog & Leventhal in 1992. HBG acquired Black Dog & Leventhal in December 2014.