Mind, Body & Spirit
So we decided to go to the source and ask publishers to define
what the MBS category means to them.
Where the Mind, Body & Spirit
For New World Library, says editorial director Georgia Hughes,
MBS books must “integrate spiritual aspects with a lot about
the body. The trend I see is a bigger integration of what it
means to be human, of philosophy, psychology, spirituality, and
At HarperElixir, a new line of books from HarperOne, senior
v-p and publisher Claudia Riemer Boutote defines MBS books
in terms of her audience. “It goes to that person who is spiritual
but not religious, and who has that yearning for something a
little deeper,” she says. The first HarperElixir titles, which
include a new book by The Four Agreements author Don Miguel
Ruiz, pub this fall (see “New Season, New Imprints,” below).
Mitch Horowitz, v-p, director of backlist and reissues at
Penguin’s new Tarcher Perigee combined imprint, calls therapeutic spirituality the North Star of MBS titles. “The first thing
I ask myself is, does this program or recovery or crisis management have some kind of a spiritual component? If the answer is
On September 9, Penguin
Publishing Group president
Madeline McIntosh announced that
Tarcher Books and Perigee are
merging into a combined imprint.
The new Tarcher Perigee imprint—which will
continue to publish MBS, self-improvement, and creativity
titles—will be headed up by Joel Fotinos, who was v-p
and publisher of Tarcher Books at the time of the
Fotinos is taking on the role of v-p and publisher of the
new unit, while John Duff, longtime v-p and publisher of
Perigee, will retire at the end of September.
This fall also sees the release of the first books from two
previously announced launches. HarperElixir, the new
MBS line from HarperOne, debuts with several new titles,
including September’s Persephone Rising by Carol S. Pearon,
and October’s The Toltect Art of Life and Death by Don
Miguel Ruiz and Barbara Emrys.
In October, Atria’s new Enliven imprint is releasing its
first title, Bouncing Forward by Michaela Haas; Origin,
edited by Maranda Pleasant, follows in May 2016. For
more information on the titles mentioned here, see
“Becoming a Whole Human,” p. 29.