Page brings Angel in as Faber publisher

Page brings Angel in as Faber publisher

Faber has appointed Mitzi Angel - currently at Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York - to the new role of publisher for all its adult publishing.

Angel, who will move back to the UK to take up the position, will join the Faber Board and will report to Stephen Page, who up until now has combined the chief executive and publisher role himself.

Page told The Bookseller: "Publishing as a business has absolutely got editorial taste at its centre, but it is also pretty complex. A chief executive cannot do both of these roles. I wanted a singular effort on the adult side [of our publishing], as [children's publisher] Leah Thaxton is for children's - someone who is really on that agenda, because nothing matters more than that. My role will still be very close to the authors and publishers."

Angel is currently vice-president and executive editor at FSG, and ran US subsidiary Faber and Faber Inc as an FSG imprint before the ending of that 17-year partnership last year. Faber has launched a new US publishing partnership with the Perseus Books Group and will publish in the US directly from spring 2016.

Angel's authors at FSG have included Ben Lerner, Paul Murray, Rachel Cusk and Nick Davies. Before moving to the US seven years ago, Angel was editorial director at Fourth Estate in London, where she published authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alaa Al Aswany, Ben Goldacre and Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Page said Angel's appointment did not have an eye to the US market as its primary objective, though her transatlantic experience meant she was "rounded" as a publisher. "I think when she left the UK for the US she was already an absolute star in her generation of editors, with very, very strong editorial intelligence," he said."Her publishing successes bear witness to her fine taste and commercial range. She.. will ensure that we continue to succeed as a literary publishing in a changing world for readers and writers, where the core editorial values of the company remain essential to our identity and reputation."

Angel said she was "deeply honoured" by the appointment, saying: "Faber's place in English letters is unique, and its distinguished books are among the best and most daring in the world. I look forward to working with my new colleagues in ushering in Faber's exciting future."

Page told The Bookseller that while Faber had a "very tough" 2014 which "taught us a lot - and we moved swiftly to put that right", it is now having a "fantastic" year in both a commercial and literary sense, with successes including Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant, Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band, Andrew O'Hagan's The Illuminations, Sarah Hall's The Wolf Border, Owen Sheers' I Saw a Man, Kate Hamer's The Girl in the Red Coat and Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson, plus the Folio Prize win for Akhil Sharma and the T S Eliot Prize victory to David Harsent.

However Page acknowledges the "painful and difficult restructure" which saw eight roles go at the company in March. "We had not changed the scale of our overhead throughout the [digital] transition," he points out.

That was the reason that the traditional authors' summer party did not take place this year, Page confirmed. "That was essentially out of respect for our colleagues who had lost jobs. We didn't feel comfortable about it at board level. Faber hadn't had a restructure since 1998, and it's a big deal for a firm like this. The writers we consulted concurred. It will be back next year."

Nielsen BookScan TCM sales are £6.3m for the half year, 17% up on 2014. Ishiguro's latest book is one of just three hardback novels this year to sell to the value of over £500,000 in print.