New Publisher at Helm of Turtle Point Press


June 28, 2016

Contact: Jeany Wolf

New Publisher at Helm of Turtle Point Press
Ruth Greenstein Takes the Reins from Jonathan D. Rabinowitz

Brooklyn, NY: Turtle Point Press is pleased to announce that its longtime editor and associate, Ruth Greenstein, has acquired the award-winning independent publisher. Founder Jonathan D. Rabinowitz remains as editor-at-large. The list will continue to be distributed to the trade by Consortium Books Sales & Distribution in North America and by Turnaround Publisher Services in the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1990, Turtle Point Press publishes new fiction, poetry, memoirs, works in translation, and rediscovered classics, and is distinguished by books of elegant design and superior literary content.

Jonathan D. Rabinowitz established Turtle Point Press with a commitment to publishing forgotten literary gems, as well as uniquely delightful contemporary literary writers. Together with its imprints Books & Co., run by former bookseller Jeannette Watson, and the eponymous Helen Marx Books, the small press established a sizable reputation through its stable of notable authors and its consistently well-received titles.

“Turtle Point Press has been seminal to my life in independent publishing,” says Greenstein. “I couldn’t be happier than to be in the position to carry on this tradition of exceptional publishing. Jonathan’s joie de livres brightens my days and guides my work.”

From Rabinowitz: “Ruth Greenstein and I met nearly twenty years ago when, as an editor at Harcourt, she acquired the paperback rights to one of my first titles, Making It New by Henry Geldzahler. I feel so fortunate to have Ruth succeed me as publisher of Turtle Point Press. She is not only devoted to independent publishing but she is also one of the finest literary editors in the business.”

Future projects will introduce more women writers and west-coast writers, as well as broadening the international line to include work that spans the globe. The Spring 2017 list will include: More Than Everything, a post-war memoir set in Kokoschka’s Salzburg and Kahlo’s Mexico by style icon Beatrix Ost, illustrated with photos and the author’s own artwork, Havana without Makeup, an unconventional look at the soul of the city by an insider with decades of unparalleled knowledge, EU Ambassador to Cuba Herman Portocarero, That Crazy Perfect Someday, a near-future tale of calamity and rediscovery featuring a female surfing pro pursuing an Olympic dream, by ace creative director Michael Mazza, Taliban Beach Party, by California poet Eric Howard, moves from parody to prophecy to address 9/11 and its aftermath in the context of Los Angeles history, and Nomadologies, a debut poetry collection that reveals how mobility sustains contradictory existences, by Duke Turkish Studies professor Erdağ Göknar, the award-winning translator of Orhan Pamuk. The following season will showcase new work by poets David Trinidad and Dieter Gräf, novelist Ligia Ravé, and performer Joseph Keckler.

Among the press’s long list of beloved authors are Richard Howard, Julien Gracq, and Lord Berners. In recent recognition from author Daniel Handler for Turtle Point’s book Dresden, Handler tweets, “I salute thee, Lord Berners.” For a complete catalog listing, visit the website. 

About Ruth Greenstein
Ruth Greenstein, publisher of Turtle Point Press and Director of Greenline Publishing Consultants, has worked in the book publishing industry since 1989. She is a founding member of the independent editors alliance Words into Print, and has been a staff editor at Harcourt, Ecco, and the publishing division of GoodTimes Entertainment.

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