HarperCollins Launching New Imprint, Harper Influence

HarperCollins is launching a new imprint, Harper Influence, that will publish a range of nonfiction "spanning popular culture, from general lifestyle and entertainment to stories of survival and inspiration," the company said. "Whether in the fields of entertainment, science, medicine, nature, music, lifestyle, spirituality, cooking, design, or news-driven narratives, the defining theme of the list will be cultural impact and relevance."

Lisa Sharkey

Harper Influence aims to publish some 15 books annually, and its first titles will appear this fall. Senior v-p Lisa Sharkey, who has been with HarperCollins for 17 years, will head the imprint as publisher. Also acquiring for Harper Influence and supporting Sharkey are Maddie Pillari, editor, and Lexie von Zedlitz, editorial assistant.

Sharkey said, "I'm thrilled to launch Harper Influence and publish a list of compelling, innovative, and unique books across various nonfiction genres. It is my greatest honor to be able to lead this new and exciting adventure into the future, creating a legacy of ideas and inspiration from the zeitgeist."

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