Faber assistant editor Ella Griffiths has been appointed to the newly created role of editor with specific responsibility for Faber’s classics, backlist, and heritage publishing.
As well as curating archive reissues, Griffiths will acquire and commission a select non-fiction frontlist of literary biography, history, and essays. She will take up the new role in November, three years after joining the company, reporting to Faber publisher Alex Bowler.
Bowler said: “The creation of this new role is the next step in Faber publishing its extraordinary 90-year backlist with ever greater ambition and impact. In Ella, we have a brilliant colleague who can bring this dynamic renewal to the existing list and look further afield, beyond Faber’s own heritage, to find diverse writers from the past whose words are essential to the future.”
Griffiths added: “I'm incredibly excited about this new role. It's a privilege to work within such a rich legacy and I can't wait to forage in the Faber archive - but beyond that, I hope to diversify the voices that speak to us from history, expanding the concept of a classic by opening new conversations outside the traditional canon, and shining a light on previously overlooked writers.”
Griffiths began her career at the Wylie Agency, assisting Sarah Chalfant then Tracy Bohan with a range of authors and estates including those of Susan Sontag, Janet Frame, J G Ballard, Roberto Bolaño, and Edward Said. She joined Faber in 2016 as editorial assistant to Laura Hassan and Lee Brackstone before becoming an assistant editor.
She has worked on an array of titles from Francesca Wade's Square Haunting to archival projects such as Toby Faber's publishing history and the London Review of Books’ anniversary collection, as well as reissuing modern classics by Thomas Bernhard and Elizabeth Hardwick.
Griffiths can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org.