The Harper Group will launch a new nonfiction imprint, Harper Influence, headed by senior VP Lisa Sharkey, who will serve as publisher. The imprint will begin publishing its inaugural titles this fall, and plans to publish around 15 books annually.

Harper Influence will publish "a wide range of nonfiction spanning popular culture," according to a release, "from general lifestyle and entertainment to stories of survival and inspiration." The company added, in the release: "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."

In addition to Sharkey, editor Maddie Pillari and editorial assistant Lexie von Zedlitz will also acquire for Harper Influence.

“I’m thrilled to launch Harper Influence and publish a list of compelling, innovative, and unique books across various nonfiction genres," said Sharkey, in a statement. “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.”

Sharkey began her publishing career after a 27-year stint in network television, and has been with HarperCollins for 17 years, joining the company following the departure of Judith Regan. At HarperCollins, she has overseen the publication of such titles as Benjamin Hall’s Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission to Make It Home, Michelle Miller’s Belonging: A Daughter’s Search for Identity Through Loss and Love, and Rep. Jamie Raskin’s Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy.