Berkeley-based Counterpoint Press issued a statement late Wednesday saying it will close its New York office at the end of October. That office was home to Counterpoint's Soft Skull imprint as well as editorial director Denise Oswald and associate editor Anne Horowitz. Soft Skull will continue as an imprint from Counterpoint's Berkeley office. Oswald and Horowitz will leave Counterpoint at the end of the month, but will stay on in a freelance capacity to publish all books under contract. Counterpoint president Charlie Winton said the uncertain and challenging marketplace made it necessary to consolidate Counterpoint's editorial operations in California.