Louisa Joyner is to move from Canongate to Faber to take up the role of editorial director.
Joyner is currently editorial director for fiction and canons at Canongate Books, where her titles have included Catherine Chanter’s The Well and Margaret Drabble’s The Pure Gold Baby. At Faber she will be building an “exciting” fiction list aimed at a broad readership and will report to publisher, Mitzi Angel.
Joyner's appointment follows the departure of Hannah Griffiths in March, who was publisher for fiction and paperbacks and had worked at Faber for 12 years. Julian Loose, publisher of non-fiction, who had worked at Faber for 25 years, also moved to become a consultant for the company at the same time after Faber said it had “closed” the positions of publisher for fiction and paperbacks and publisher for non-fiction and the arts.
Joyner previously worked at HarperCollins where she published Costa Book of the Year winner Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall and commissioned Curtis Sittenfeld's re-write of Pride and Prejudice - Eligible. Prior to that she held positions at Virgin Books and Atlantic Books.
Angel said: “I’m thrilled Louisa will be joining us. Not only is she a brilliant editor, she publishes her books with flair and imagination. She’s a passionate advocate for great writing and I can’t wait to see her acquisitions shape the list at Faber & Faber.”
Joyner said: "As hard as it is to leave my brilliant colleagues at Canongate I'm thrilled - and honoured - to be joining Faber. I cannot wait to get started!"
Francis Bickmore, publishing director at Canongate, said: “Louisa has been a tireless and dynamic member of the editorial team for the past two and half years. She will continue with us at Canongate until the end of May and we wish her every success with her next chapter with our Alliance colleagues.”
Angel was appointed publisher for all adult publishing in July last year from her position at Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York.