HC US closes imprint, jobs losses likely

<p>HarperCollins US is to close its fledgling Bowen Press imprint as part of a raft of cost-cutting measures announced yesterday. </p><p>US trade paper Publishers Weekly reported that the children&#39;s imprint was still in its infancy, having only published two titles and being due to officially launch this spring. But Brenda Bowen, who was hired in 2007 to run the list, is one of the casualties of the redundancies that the US company confirmed yesterday. All future releases will be published under the HarperCollins Children&#39;s Books or HarperTeen banner.</p><p>HarperCollins US also announced that it was closing its Collins division and integrating its operations within different businesses in the group. Steve Ross, president and publisher of Collins, and Lisa Gallagher, senior v-p, and publisher of William Morrow, are leaving the company.</p><p>In the UK, <a href="../news/76858-harpercollins-consults-over-job-losses.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/76858-harpercollins-consults-over-job-... first reported on theBookseller.com late yesterday</a>, HarperCollins has entered into a period of consultation with its staff, which could see 5% of jobs go, while its Collins, formerly known as Collins Reference, division could be rolled into the wider non-fiction division. </p>