W. W. Norton & Co. announced May 12 that it has entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Tilbury House Publishers, the 40-year-old independent publisher of award-winning children’s, nonfiction, literary, New England, and maritime titles. The agreement went into effect May 1.

Michael Levatino, Norton’s vice president and sales manager, affiliate publishers, said, “Tilbury House’s independent spirit and emphasis on editorial excellence fit well with the Norton sensibility, while aspects of its list, including literary, maritime and country living titles call to mind specific elements of our Norton and Countryman offerings. It will be a distinct pleasure to introduce Tilbury House titles to a rapidly expanding market.”

Jonathan Eaton and Tristram Coburn, co-publishers of Tilbury House, said, “We are delighted by our new relationship with Norton, which will allow us to broaden our readership for many of our best-known classic titles while also developing a vibrant new trade audience as our list evolves and becomes more national in scope.”