Chicagoland-headquartered Sourcebooks announced Tuesday that it will launch a young adult imprint in spring 2010. The imprint, called Sourcebooks Fire, will publish YA fiction “of all kinds,” including, according to Sourcebooks publicity director Heather Moore, “heart-wrenching romance, laugh-out-loud humor, haunting mystery, or thrilling fantasy.” Sourcebooks Fire, she added, “has no pre-defined categories and makes no assumptions.”

In its debut season, Sourcebooks Fire will release seven titles, including Beautiful Dead Book 1: Jonas by Eden Maquire, first in a bestselling paranormal romance series from the U.K. (March 2010); Recognized by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, a novel based on the true-life story of teenage sisters who invented the séance in 1848 (June 2010); We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni, a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of the Civil War (May 2010); and The Turning Book 1: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis, a supernatural thriller set in New York City (May 2010), among others. Dan Ehrenraft, who came from Alloy Entertainment this past spring, will be responsible for acquiring and editing titles for the new imprint, which will release titles in print, digital, audio--“whatever teens are looking for, wherever they’re looking for it,” Moore said.

“This was a bookseller request,” Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks’s publisher, said in discussing the impetus for the new imprint. “We were launching Hear It, Read It, our Jabberwocky classics line. And at the end of a presentation, a bookseller said, ‘This is brilliant; I only have one question for you. Where’s your YA list?’ ”

This will be the 22-year-old company’s ninth imprint. Sourcebooks publishes about 300 titles per year for both children and adults; its first children’s imprint, Jabberwocky, was launched three years ago. Sourcebooks has released one YA title already: Dreaming of Anastasia by Joy Preble (Sept.), under the Jabberwocky imprint. Any reissue will be under the Fire imprint.