Bloomsbury's editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle is to hand the day-to-day running of the publisher's adult trade publishing division to managing director Emma Hopkin, after 19 years at the helm.
From 1st March, responsibility for the adult trade list and the staff will pass to Hopkin, who was promoted into the role of managing the consumer division in June 2016. Pringle remains editor-in-chief and will continue to commission and publish her list of authors.
Hopkin said: "With the advent of a new financial year, Alexandra decided the time felt right to hand on the management of the list and staff and concentrate all her energies on the brilliant authors she has brought and continues to bring to Bloomsbury; and to publish them with her prowess and expertise. I am delighted she remains core to our publishing; and I’m looking forward to working more closely with the entire team."
Pringle joined Bloomsbury in 1999, and since then has led the adult publishing division, adding a cookery list and Bloomsbury Circus and Raven Books as imprints. She has published a host of authors including Khaled Hosseini, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Gilbert, Esther Freud, Patti Smith, Nicole Krauss, Richard Ford, Hannah Rothschild, Kamila Shamsie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Celia Imrie, Kate Summerscale, Ann Patchett, Madeline Miller and George Saunders, last year’s Man Booker winner for Lincoln in the Bardo.
Pringle said: "Bloomsbury has changed and grown enormously since I joined, and managing the adult publishing has been an exciting and testing challenge. For some time I’ve felt a strong need to focus once more on my authors, my books and my list and I am hugely looking forward to doing so. I can think of no better person than Emma to take over the running of the department."