The ethos behind the imprint is engaging design, high-quality illustration and superior production values. It will feature books by the company’s current authors and illustrators as well as debut artists and books in translation.
“We hope that even from across a bookstore, these titles will entice book-lovers of all ages to come close – and that in the hand, the books will offer tactile appeal, fascinating content, and beautiful images that linger with the reader. The exciting opportunity now is to bring these one-of-a-kind books together under a shared umbrella,” said Karen Lotz, m.d. of the Walker Group. “This imprint will be an expression of our love for the printed book.”
The imprint will launch this autumn with four titles: The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan (published with a foreword by Neil Gaiman), out in September, priced at £15; Animals by Ingela Arrhenius (September, £14.99); A World Of Information by James Brown and Richard Pitt (October, £14.99); and An Artist’s Message by Norman Messenger (October, £14.99).
Walker Studio will be launched simultaneously with Candlewick Studio, an imprint of Candlewick Press in the US. The UK and US lists will share titles but will also be allowed to diverge by market as appropriate. Both imprints will be carried by Walker Books Australia.