Janklow & Nesbit expands with Alcaraz-Stapleton and Friesen-Escandell

Janklow & Nesbit expands with Alcaraz-Stapleton and Friesen-Escandell

The London office of Janklow & Nesbit, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year, is expanding its foreign rights department by hiring Hachette's Nathaniel Alcaraz-Stapleton and A M Heath's Mairi Friesen-Escandell as co-directors.

Alcaraz-Stapleton (pictured, top) joins this week from Hachette, where he has been since 2015, most recently as head of rights at Headline.

In August, Friesen-Escandell (pictured, below right) moves from A M Heath, where she has been rights agent since 2018. She previously worked at Conville & Walsh and Curtis Brown.

Ellis Hazelgrove, who has been with the agency since 2018, is promoted to senior rights manager.

The New York literary agency Janklow & Nesbit Associates founded its London office in 2000. Its UK foreign rights department now sells translation rights for both the US and UK sides of the business, a change that was implemented in 2019.

Director Will Francis said: “We can’t wait to start working with Nathaniel and Mairi, who bring with them deep experience from different sides of the market, literary and commercial, as well as a knowledge of both agenting and publishing. And we’re thrilled to promote Ellis, who has provided both flair and continuity to the rights department over the past three and a half years.

The agency has enjoyed considerable success this year, seeing six top 10 bestsellers in the hardcover and paperback lists with Matt Arlidge’s Truth or Dare (Orion), Elly Griffiths’ The Night Hawks and The Postscript Murders (Quercus), Meg Mason’s Sorrow and Bliss (W&N), Rutger Bregman’s Humankind (Bloomsbury) and Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s Feel Great, Lose Weight (Penguin Life). In June, it was announced that author Ed Yong had been awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in the Atlantic.

On the US list, acclaim for New York Times fiction bestseller The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr (riverrun) led to numerous translation deals, as did the Booker shortlisting of Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King (Canongate) and the award of a Pulitzer to Anne Boyer’s The Undying (Penguin). On the UK side, Humankind clocked up its 44th language deal, and a “significant” number of translation rights were sold for Lewis Dartnell’s Civilisation (Vintage), Tsedal Neeley’s Remote Work Revolution (HarperBus) and Mya-Rose Craig’s Birdgirl, acquired by Cape last year in a 14-publisher auction which is slated for publication in 2022.