Keen Communications is splitting the operations of its Wilderness Press imprint into the offices of its two other imprints and will close Wilderness’s Berkeley office at the end of July with the positions there eliminated. Keen president Richard Hunt said Wilderness will remain an active imprint with its editorial and production functions handled by Menasha Ridge in Birmingham, Ala. and marketing and publicity conducted from Clerisy Press’s Cincinnati office.
Hunt expects all 12 Wilderness titles set for 2011 to go ahead as scheduled and new acquisitions will be made by Menasha Ridge’s Susan Haynes. Wilderness will continue to specialize in outdoor guides and maps. Mike Jones, Keen sales director and former publisher of Wilderness, remains with the company based in Portland, Ore. Keen acquired Wilderness in early 2008. All three Keen imprints will continue to be distributed by PGW.