Fourth Estate has appointed Katie Bowden from Picador as editorial director.
Bowden is currently head of marketing at Picador. She will start her new role on 6th December and will be responsible for publishing commercial literary fiction and non-fiction, reporting to Fourth Estate publishing director Nicholas Pearson.
At Picador, Bowden led the marketing strategy for bestselling literary and commercial literary titles including Elizabeth Macneal's The Doll Factory, Kiran Millwood Hargrave's The Mercies, Emma Stonex's The Lamplighters and Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain. She joined Picador in 2018 from Penguin Michael Joseph, where she delivered marketing campaigns for commercial fiction and non-fiction, and she began her career at Condé Nast, producing campaigns for brands such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Bowden said: "I have loved my time at Picador, and I am so grateful to the team there, and to all of the amazing Picador authors I have been privileged to work with. I will miss everyone immensely, but I am so thrilled to be joining such an outstanding team as Fourth Estate. I have long admired Fourth Estate's publishing, creativity, and ambition. I can’t wait to get started seeking out exciting and essential new voices in commercial literary fiction and non-fiction and build existing brands to new levels of success."
Pearson added: "Katie joining Fourth Estate is an exciting new chapter for our imprint. I've long admired the work Katie has been doing at Picador and as soon as I met her, I knew that she would be the perfect addition to our team to expand our commercial literary fiction and non-fiction."