Emma Paterson is joining Aitken Alexander's board of directors in recognition of her “proven taste and excellence as an agent”.
Paterson, who joined the agency in 2018 after five years with Rogers, Coleridge & White, has build up a list of clients including Booker winner Bernardine Evaristo, Emmy-nominated data journalist Mona Chalabi, winner of the 2019 Costa Prize for poetry Mary Jean Chan, New Yorker staff writer Sam Knight, Sunday Times bestseller Otegha Uwagba, Paul Mendez, currently shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize for Rainbow Milk (Dialogue), and novelist and essayist Olivia Sudjic. In 2018, Paterson was named a Bookseller Rising Star.
Aitken Alexander said: “Emma is a leader in challenging and changing the cultural conversation, also representing books such as Jade Bentil's forthcoming Rebel Citizen, the first history of black women in Britain and Don't Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri (Penguin), the first book about black hair.”
The rest of the board comprises head of translation rights Lisa Baker, m.d. and the head of the film and TV department Lesley Thorne and chair Clare Alexander.
The agency has also announced Chris Wellbelove, who was promoted to director at the agency in 2018, will now become head of its books department.
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