HarperCollins has announced the launch of HarperVia, a new imprint acquiring international titles for world English publication.
The imprint will be led by Judith Curr, president and publisher of the HarperOne Group in New York, working in collaboration with David Roth-Ey, executive publisher at HarperCollins UK [pictured], and James Kellow, c.e.o. of HarperCollins Australia. It will acquire mostly fiction in translation, publishing around the world in the English language.
HarperVia will publish three books in 2019, beginning in September with Lost in the Spanish Quarter by Heddi Goodrich. The book is described as "a modern day, cross-cultural tale of first love between a young American and a young Italian.. originally written in Italian and then translated by the author—an American who called Naples home for 10 years—herself".
It will be followed by It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo, currently set to be published in 22 countries, and The German House by Annette Hess.
HarperVia has also acquired novels by Norwegian author Maja Lunde, award-winning Canadian Eric Dupont, critically-acclaimed Iranian writer Amir Ahmadi Arian, and Korean sensation Won-pyung Sohn, to be published in 2020 and beyond.
“We are excited to bring extraordinary stories with a global appeal to the World English market,” said Curr. “HarperVia is looking for books in translation that will enliven conversation and spark the reader’s imagination. By working with our colleagues in the UK and Australia, we have a combined three acquisitions teams seeking out superb content for the list.”
Murray said: “Over the last four years, HarperCollins has established strong trade publishing programs and capabilities that publish English writers in 16 languages. HarperVia completes our global publishing vision by offering non-English writers a publishing partner that is seeking books in translation for English-speaking markets.”
HarperVia eventually plans to publish around 24 titles per year.