HarperCollins Publishers Expands Spanish Language Publishing
Forms HarperCollins Español and HarperCollins Iberica
New York, NY (March 9, 2015) – HarperCollins Publishers today announced the expansion of its Spanish-language publishing efforts with the creation of HarperCollins Español and HarperCollins Iberica. Utilizing the existing framework in the Americas and Spain, the company will increase the number of Spanish-language titles it publishes, starting with the publication of Harper Lee’s forthcoming Go Set a Watchman (Ve y pon un centinela), as well as her classic To Kill a Mockingbird (Matar a un ruiseñor).
HarperCollins Español, headed by Larry Downs, Senior Vice President and Publisher, will publish Spanish-language titles to the Americas and have a list of approximately 50 books a year. HarperCollins Iberica, led by Luis Pugni, Managing Director, HarperCollins Iberica, will publish a list of approximately 30 titles for Spain and Portugal. Both lists will include regional authors as well as global HarperCollins names such as Daniel Silva. Additional titles on the HarperCollins Español list include American Sniper by Chris Kyle, One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner, Journey Home by Jorge Posada, Business Brilliant by Lewis Schiff, and Prayer is Good Medicine by Larry Dossey.
“This was the natural next step in the evolution of our foreign language publishing program,” said Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. “There is tremendous opportunity in the Spanish-language market around the world. By using the existing teams, we are able to hit the ground running to further extend the reach of our authors.”
“We are thrilled to be able to use our existing structures to further grow in the Spanish-language market. By combining our expertise in the market with HarperCollins’ rich content, and a focus on regional authors, we can create a successful publishing program,” said Downs. “We have already started a successful list, including Spanish authors Ismael Cala, author of El secreto del bambú (The Secrets of the Bamboo), and Mario Escobar Golderos (Spain), author of Cancion de cuna de Auschwitz (Auschwitz Lullabies), and look forward to expanding it in the coming months.”
“For more than thirty years, Harlequin Iberica has been highly successful in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. Our experience in the region, combined with HarperCollins’ editorial strength, will surely provide readers with the very best Spanish-language content,” said Pugni. “Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, will be the first of many exciting works to come out of this venture.
In October 2014, HarperCollins announced plans to expand its foreign language publishing following the acquisition of Harlequin last August with the formation of HarperCollins Germany.
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