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Counterpoint hands the keys to Catapult

Counterpoint hands the keys to Catapult

One of the largest literary publishers of the West — west of the Hudson River, Counterpoint’s Charlie Winton points out, that doesn’t operate as a nonprofit — has merged with fledgling New York publisher Catapult. When the companies announced the deal earlier this month, it came as a surprise. What is technically a merger will, in effect, transport ownership of Berkeley-based Counterpoint to Catapult, based in New York.

“Thirty-nine years of this was fun, but it’s time for somebody else to take the reins, time for me to hand over the keys,” Winton said when reached at his office in Berkeley. Over the years, Winton has headed up...