PENGUIN GROUP (USA) TO LAUNCH A NEW SCIENCE IMPRINT CALLED CURRENT

First Current Titles to be Published in July and September 2010

New York, New York, March 10, 2010 … Susan Petersen Kennedy, President of Penguin Group (USA), announced today that the company is starting a new imprint for science books for general readers that will be called Current. Adrian Zackheim, the president and publisher of Penguin Group (USA)'s Portfolio and Sentinel imprints, is adding the same roles for Current, which will share the existing editorial, marketing and publicity staff of Portfolio and Sentinel.

"Our goal is to publish provocative, compelling books that explore the newest and most powerful ideas in a wide range of disciplines," said Mr. Zackheim. "Once Current gets ramped up, we aim to publish in every subcategory from genetics to quantum physics to neuroscience. Our authors will be some of the foremost pioneers and experts in their respective fields."

Mr. Zackheim anticipates that Current will grow to about five to eight new titles per year. "We plan to be very selective about good books that will work for a general audience. We've found that niche publishing has been very successful for Portfolio since 2001, and Sentinel since 2003. This is a logical next category to expand into."

Current's two debut titles are:

  • The Youth Pill: Scientists at the Brink of an Anti-Aging Revolution, by David Stipp, July 2010
    Stipp, a veteran science journalist, explores the battle against aging and the pioneers of the movement to extend lifespan for everyone. He takes readers behind the scenes and introduces us to the key players who are experimenting with the most promising cutting-edge research. This is an informative and provocative read that shows how a small group of determined scientists are closing in on drugs that will change the way we live forever.
  • The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What Machines Teach Us About Human Relationships, by Clifford Nass, with Corina Yen, September 2010
    Nass, a distinguished professor at Stanford, has discovered a set of rules for effective human relationships, drawn from an unlikely source: his study of our interactions with computers. His research shows that—although we might deny it—we treat computers and other devices like people: we empathize with them, argue with them, and form bonds with them. We even lie to them to protect their feelings. Nass offers fascinating insights on how people can have healthier relationships with one another.

 

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Will Weisser
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Marilyn Ducksworth
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