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Announcing Candlewick on Brilliance Audio

Somerville, MA, and Grand Haven, MI –June 24, 2010 —Candlewick Press and Brilliance Audio today announced the new imprint, Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, which will publish and distribute audiobook editions of select Candlewick titles. The imprint will launch in August and will publish over 30 titles through fall 2010.

New audio titles coming this fall on the Candlewick on Brilliance Audio launch list include “Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday” and “Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt” by Megan McDonald; “The Knife of Never Letting Go,” “The Ask and the Answer,” and “Monsters of Men” in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness; “Almost Astronauts” by Tanya Lee Stone; “On the Blue Comet” by Rosemary Wells; and many more.

“As a company and a brand, Brilliance Audio is an extremely resonant match for Candlewick Press,” said Candlewick President and Publisher Karen Lotz. “We share the goal of providing peerless attention to our authors. The model is one that breaks new ground, and the exciting list we are putting together will allow Candlewick's titles for older readers to travel the dynamic and rich audio landscape in a way that creates excellent synergy with our other editions of these same books.”

“Children around the world love Candlewick books, and this is a tremendous opportunity to produce recordings of the literary gems on their list,” said Tim Ditlow, Vice President, Young Adult and Children’s Acquisition Editor for Brilliance Audio.  “We are delighted that our new imprint will extend Candlewick’s extraordinary commitment to their authors and their customers in the disc and download marketplace.”

Click here [www.candlewick.com/almostastronauts] to listen to an audio sample of  “Almost Astronauts” by Tanya Lee Stone. 

Candlewick Press is an independent, employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Mass. Candlewick publishes outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages; including books by award-winning authors Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed ”Ologies” and “Judy Moody” series; and favorites such as the “Where's Waldo” and “Maisy” books. Candlewick's parent company is Walker Books Ltd., of London, with additional offices in Sydney and Auckland.

Brilliance Audio, a Michigan-based audiobook publisher that is part of the Amazon.com group of companies, publishes over 400 audiobook titles annually. With a growing catalog of titles from over 500 authors (Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Rick Riordan and others), Brilliance Audio provides customers a selection of audiobooks in the popular categories of romance, mystery, suspense and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, business, and biography; and for children and young adults.  Brilliance Audio recordings are available for the retail and library markets on compact disc, MP3-formatted compact discs and files for download. 

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Candlewick Press: Laura Rivas,
617-588-4445, laura.rivas@candlewick.com

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