Angela's Ashes To Be Published In Trade Paperback

Posted on April 5, 1999

Touchstone Books is announcing a May 25, 1999 publication date and 750,000 copy first printing of the trade paperback edition of Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Angela's Ashes. Mark Gompertz, publisher of Touchstone said, "I am proud that this publication marks the start of a new year of increased success for Angela's Ashes. Building on the incredible hardcover track record, which spent more than 2 years on national bestseller lists, our trade paper edition will introduce new readers to this captivating story by being available in time for the Memorial Day book buying weekend, pave the way for the September release of the much anticipated sequel `Tis as well as undoubtedly spark anticipation of the Holiday 1999 release of the Paramount Pictures motion picture adaptation." Paramount Pictures is a part of the entertainment operations of Viacom, Inc.

Supported by a $500,000 advertising campaign including print and television ads, Angela's Ashes will be highly visible and accessible in bookstores nationwide and other locations where books are sold in floor displays and other retail merchandising vehicles.

The hardcover edition of Angela's Ashes has been published in over 25 languages and has more than 2.5 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Author Frank McCourt remarked, "It's hard for me to comprehend the success of Angela's Ashes. It exceeds my wildest dreams. To be published now, by yet another part of the Simon & Schuster family, continues the dream."