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February 23, 2014

Capstone Young Readers launching new YA Imprint

Will offer wide range of nonfiction and fiction titles

MANKATO — Capstone Young Readers, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, has announced the launch of Switch Press, a new imprint dedicated to titles that appeal to the wide range of interests of the young adult audience today.

Switch Press will include a broad selection of contemporary nonfiction and fiction titles such as graphic novels, cookbooks, craft/how-to, narrative non­fiction, historical fiction, poetry, fantasy and other speculative fiction. Switch Press is aimed at representing the hopes, aspirations, thoughts, struggles and secrets of young adult readership everywhere.

Capstone Young Readers launched in 2012 and offers an array of children’s books and ebooks for infants to teens.

“We are excited about entering the YA space in a more genre-bending model,” said Andersen Zantop in a press reklease. “We believe this approach represents and respects the whole person of each of our readers and their varied interests. Young adults and adults who are young at heart do more, are interested in more and lead more complex and challenging lives than we can speak to with only traditional fiction. Our goal is to provide our readers challenging, bold, emotional and engaging content that is meaningful to more than one aspect of their lives.”

John Rahm, senior product manager commented further: “Our books aim to mirror the lifestyles of our readers. The name Switch Press symbolizes the ever-changing interests of young adults and the notion of ‘turning them on’ to new ideas.”

Switch Press will acquire and publish 8-12 titles per year from new and established writers.

The inaugural fall 2014 trade titles for Switch Press include an illustrated memoir, historical fiction and fiction: "The Isobel Journal" by Isobel Harrop (August 2014), "Grace and the Guiltless" by Erin Johnson (August 2014), "Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets" by J.A. Buckle (September 2014), and "The Diamond Thief" by Sharon Gosling (October 2014).

The website www.SwitchPress.com will launch in May and will feature book trailers, chapter previews, exclusive offers, social media connections and more.

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