Shavit to succeed Franklin at Cape

Shavit to succeed Franklin at Cape

Dan Franklin will step down from his role as publishing director at Jonathan Cape at the end of the year, with Michal Shavit [pictured], currently deputy publishing director at Harvill Secker, taking his place. 

Franklin, who is aged 66, will take the title of associate publisher and will continue to look after all his current authors, working three days a week. 

Shavit, 39, joined Harvill Secker as editorial director in April 2012 and was promoted to deputy publishing director at the imprint in January. She was previously a commissioning editor at Allen Lane/Penguin Press and Granta, and prior to that was a literary agent at The Wylie Agency. At Harvill Secker, Shavit has published authors including Yuval Noah Harari, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Rachel Kushner, Denis Johnson, Alexandra Fuller, Rachel Cusk and Ross Raisin.

In further moves, Cape's deputy publishing director Robin Robertson becomes associate publisher, continuing to publish his list of authors as before, while Cape editorial director Alex Bowler becomes deputy publishing director. Both will report to Shavit, alongside the rest of the Cape team. Shavit will report to Vintage m.d. Richard Cable.

Shavit, Franklin, Robertson and Bowler all step into their new positions in January 2016. A new editorial director for Harvill Secker will also be recruited.

Richard Cable said: "Dan has been an extraordinary presence at Jonathan Cape as publishing director – and indeed as publisher for the division – for over 20 years. I am delighted that we shall continue to benefit from his publishing wisdom and experience. Robin and Dan have overseen an amazing period of prizewinning and commercially successful publishing, with a roster of authors to rival any list, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I am thrilled that in Michal we have the publisher to lead the way for the next 20 years. She and Alex, in his new role – alongside Robin and Dan – will make a formidable team."