- Associated Press - Sunday, April 7, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A South Carolina publisher of books of local history and interest has bought a New Orleans company showcasing books about Louisiana and local history.

A news release Thursday from the two companies said Arcadia Publishing and History Press of Charleston has bought a “significant majority” of Pelican Publishing’s assets in a deal that will close in May.

Arcadia plans to maintain a publishing presence in New Orleans, and is working with Pelican to determine what that will look like,” Arcadia spokeswoman Katie Parry said in an email Friday.

She would not say what Arcadia is paying, or which assets it’s buying and not buying.

Pelican Publishing, founded in 1926, has a catalog of more than 2,000 titles including “Cajun Night Before Christmas,” which is in its 25th printing, and “Leah Chase: Listen, I Say Like This,” a biography of the Creole chef and owner of Dooky Chase restaurant.

Arcadia, founded in 1994, has more than 14,000 local titles and publishes 500 new books a year, billing itself as the nation’s leading publisher of books of local history and local interest. Its books feature more than 200 vintage images with captions. History Press, founded in 2004, merged with it in 2015.

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