HarperCollins is to expand its Spanish-language publishing via the creation of HarperCollins Espanol and HarperCollins Iberica, to serve the Americas and Spain/Portugal respectively.
The company will build on its existing structures in the Americas and in Spain and expand the number of Spanish-language titles it publishes. It has made a decisive start by acquiring world Spanish rights to Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman (Ve y pon un Centinela).
HarperCollins Espanol will be headed by Larry Downs as senior vice president and publisher, and will have a list of approximately Spanish-language 50 books a year targeting the Americas. HarperCollins Iberica will be led by m.d. Luis Pigni and will publish approximately 30 books a year for Spain and Portugal. Both lists will include regional authors as well as global HarperCollins names.
"This was the natural next step in the evolution of our foreign language publishing programme," HC president and c.e.o. Brian Murray said. "There is tremendous opportunity in the Spanish-language market around the world. By using the existing teams, we are able ot hit the ground running to further extend the reach of our authors."
Downs commented: “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 programme. 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.”
Pugni said: “For more than 30 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.”
HarperCollins has now added the world Spanish rights to Go Set a Watchman to the North American English-language rights it acquired last month. The book will be published in both English and Spanish in the US on July 14th. Spanish-language editions in other markets will follow later that month. HC has also bought Spanish publishing rights in print and audio to To Kill a Mockingbird (Matar a un Ruisenor).
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.