BLACK CAT is an imprint of Grove Atlantic that publishes original trade paperback fiction and nonfiction. Created in the 1960s as the mass market imprint of Grove Press, Black Cat, with its distinctive Roy Kuhlman logo of a round cat face, was an imprint that brought low-priced editions of classic Grove Press titles to a wide audience. There were Black Cat editions of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, Hubert Selby Jr.’s Last Exit to Brooklyn, Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans, and many other classic Grove Press titles. The Black Cat imprint was retired in 1984 but revived in 2004 as the original trade paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic.
Since its resurrection in 2004, numerous Black Cat titles have become bestsellers, won awards, and received major reviews and media attention. Some notable Black Cat titles include Anne Enright’s The Gathering (Man Booker Prize 2007), Ismet Prcic’s Shards (Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction 2012), Michael Thomas’s Man Gone Down (IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2009), Kim Echlin’s The Disappeared (Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction 2011), Alice Greenway’s White Ghost Girls (Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2006), Sofi Oksanen’s Purge (Prix Femina 2010), Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist (Thurber Prize for American Humor 2010), Patricia Engel’s Vida (Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Literary Fiction 2011), Joe McGinniss Jr.’s The Delivery Man (Library Journal’s Best First Novels 2007), Nancy Huston’s Fault Lines (Prix Femina 2008), NiccolÃ² Ammaniti’s As God Commands (Strega Prize 2007), Chloe Aridjis’s Book of Clouds (Prix du Premier Best Foreign Language Debut 2009), Yan Lianke’s Serve the People, Glen Duncan’s Death of an Ordinary Man, and Sherman Alexie’s Flight.