Emanuela Anechoum, formerly rights manager at Blake Friedman, is joining Europa Editions UK and US, as well as parent company Edizioni EO, in the newly created position of international rights manager.
Anechoum will be based in the company’s Rome office and will travel to all of the major rights fairs, beginning with the Frankfurt Book Fair in October.
Anechoum was born in Reggio Calabria. She studied Publishing and Modern Literature at the UCSC in Milan, and after her MA in Modern Philology she moved to London to work in publishing. She worked for three years in the foreign rights department at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, where she sold translation rights for authors such as Peter James, Joseph O’Connor and Edward Carey.
Anechoum said: "I am absolutely thrilled to become part of the E/O team – a publisher I have always admired as one of the most fascinating independent publishing houses in Italy (and beyond). The quality of its work, its commitment to giving space to diverse voices from all over the world, its entrepreneurial spirit in opening up to the UK and US markets so successfully while always staying true to a strong belief in the responsibility that publishing has in influencing culture, I believe is quite unique.
"Although I will miss London and my Blake Friedmann family, I am looking forward to work with E/O’s and Europa Editions' fascinating lists, from the glorious Elena Ferrante to less known but equally vital authors such us Ahmet Altan, who is currently serving a life-imprisonment sentence in Turkey for speaking against Erdogan’s government. I am honoured to become part of E/O’s and Europa Editions’ inspiring team and to be given the chance to bring their authors’ strong, meaningful, fundamental voices out in the world."