New Delhi: New York-based publishers Simon & Schuster will begin local publishing in India across both adult fiction and non-fiction with the first titles to roll out from 2017, the publishers announced on Tuesday.

The publishers have also appointed a new editorial director Dharini Bhaskar, who is coming in from Rupa Publications where she is currently acquisitions editor and had publishing titles such as Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star by Aseem Chhabra, Modern Parenting by Zirak Marker and A State of Denial by B. G. Verghese, among others.

Bhaskar will report to Rahul Srivastava, managing director, Simon & Schuster India. Ian Chapman, chief executive and publisher, Simon & Schuster UK and International, said, “Simon & Schuster India has seen sustained growth over the years and a good part of our success there has come from publishing localised content for the Indian market, to which we have had a very positive response.

“This is an exciting strategic move that will build on that success: our international territories are performing strongly with their local publishing and we are confident that Simon & Schuster India will continue that trend."

Srivastava said, “We are extremely pleased that Dharini will run our local publishing programme, which will offer readers distinctive, imaginative books from a range of talented authors. “We have already established ourselves as a publisher with a strong international list and Dharini will add considerably to that success as we continue to grow our business."

Bhaskar has also worked with Westland/Tranquebar Books and Vakils, Feffer and Simon prior to Rupa publications.