Scholastic's Eishar Brar will join indie publisher Knights Of in the newly created role of editorial director next month.
Brar, who is currently assistant editor at Scholastic Children's Books, will take up the new role from 5th August. She will commission, position and manage new and current titles for Knights Of, as well as expand the international reach and innovative partnerships for the company. In her new role Brar will look to work closely with agents and writing communities to bring new stories from established and debut authors.
Brar, who has edited titles by Michelle Robinson, Alexandra Sheppard and Sabina Khan in her two years at Scholastic, said she is "thrilled" to join inclusive children's publisher Knights Of. Scholastic is currently hiring an editorial assistant.
“I’m so excited to join the team at Knights Of - their vision for truly diverse publishing is necessary and game-changing, and I’m thrilled to be part of their future growth," she said. "I can’t wait to commission commercial, inclusive children’s books for them and grow the Knights Of list."
Knights Of co-founder David Stevens said: “This is an exciting, big change for our small team. Hiring an ambitious and passionate full-time Editorial Director is core to our future and we are excited to have Eishar at the heart of Knights Of. Her track record for publishing commercial, inclusive books is huge and we’re thrilled that she is joining us.”
Stevens co-founded Knights Of with Aimée Felone in 2017. The publisher has established itself as an inclusive independent publishing house and made headlines for its £50,000 crowdfunding campaign to open Brixton's first permanent inclusive children’s bookshop. Earlier this year Felone won the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for her "astonishing contribution" to the industry.