Independent publisher Saqi Books is to launch a new non-fiction imprint, with plans to publish between four and eight trade books a year.
The Westbourne Press will publish books concerning current affairs, sexual politics, memoir and history. Titles confirmed for 2012 include Eric Berkowitz' Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire, and Joumana Haddad's Superman is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions. Lined up for 2013 so far is a new work from feminist, journalist and human rights activist Joan Smith.
Westbourne Press publisher Lynn Gaspard said: "I am absolutely thrilled. The Westbourne Press is a list I wanted to establish as a by-word for topical and engaging writing. Our titles will challenge our worldview and spark debate, whether it be about gender politics, women in the Arab world, or race and class relations in the UK."
Saqi Books was set up in 1983 and specialises in books that bring the cultures of the Middle East and the West together. It launched a literary fiction imprint, Telegram, in 2006.