Firebird is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. specifically designed to appeal to both teenagers and adults. Launched in January 2002, it resulted directly from editorial director Sharyn November’s ongoing work with teenagers in libraries, schools, and online; she soon discovered that her some of her most avid readers were devoted to speculative fiction, and spent equal amounts of time in the teen fiction and adult genre sections.
Firebird anticipated the huge influx of genre titles into the mainstream. It’s considered the premier crossover genre imprint, and November has been named a two-time World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Professional category.
Firebird titles are both paperback reprints and original hardcovers. Reprints are drawn from Penguin’s children’s and adult imprints; outside hardcover houses; and the backlists of the Firebird authors themselves. All have covers by adult genre artists, and feature short essays by their authors. Firebird’s hardcover titles are especially unique to the imprint—short novels by some of the biggest names in the field, such as Diana Wynne Jones and Charles de Lint; and the award-winning original short story anthologies Firebirds , Firebirds Rising (a 2007 World Fantasy Award Finalist), and Firebirds Soaring. Overall, Firebird publishes between nine and twelve books each year. Firebird titles have won the World Fantasy Award, the Newbery Honor Medal, the National Book Award, the Locus Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award, and have been New York Times best sellers.
Sharyn November, a senior editor for Viking Children’s Books as well as Firebird’s editorial director, has been at Penguin since 1990. The many genre authors she has worked with include Lloyd Alexander, Charles de Lint, Carol Emshwiller, Elizabeth Hand, Diana Wynne Jones, Ellen Klages, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Nnedi Okorafor, Sherwood Smith, and Elizabeth Wein.