Desmond Eliott prize-winning novelist Preti Taneja has joined And Other Stories as a contributing editor.
Taneja, whose debut novel We That Are Young (Galley Beggar) won the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize, will be the first of And Other Stories’ long-term contributing editors.
She will advise and be involved in the acquisitions process as well as in talent-fostering initiatives called the Contributing Editor Programme which will complement the publisher’s existing reading groups that have unearthed a number of foreign-language books to publish in English.
Taneja, who is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Warwick University working on cultural rights in conflict-affected zones, said: “So many of the books And Other Stories publish have a deeply political sense of anarchy to them. They have a 360-degree perspective that recognises the artificiality of categories of identity, of nation-states and language, and the essential equality of all humans. It’s partly because of the books’ ability to do this that I am so glad to be working with them.”
And Other Stories’ publisher Stefan Tobler and senior editor Tara Tobler said: “As a writer and a reader she’s the best of brave: she’s open, fierce, smart, compassionate, and incredibly talented. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed talking books with her this past year and look forward to many more such discussions in future.”