AWP: Distinguished Editors
Thursday February 9, 2017
This is event was an exclusive opportunity to gain invaluable insight from three of literary publishing’s most prolific and successful editors—Nan Graham, Publisher and Sr. VP at Scribner; Erroll McDonald, VP and Executive Editor at Knopf/Doubleday; and Chris Jackson, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Combined, these titans of publishing had decades of experience to share!
Nan Graham has worked in publishing since graduating from Yale University in 1977—for five years at Pantheon Books, for ten years at Viking Penguin where she was the Executive Editor, and for fifteen years as the Editor-in-Chief of Scribner before becoming Scribner’s publisher in 2013.
She has edited writers of fiction, sociology, history and psychology. She has worked on many memoirs, including Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Living History. Her other non-fiction authors include National Book Award winner, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon, and Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Emperor of All Maladies: a Biography of Cancer and his second book The Gene: An Intimate History.
She has edited Don DeLillo for twenty-five years and Stephen King for twenty years. Her other fiction authors include Annie Proulx, Amy Hempel, Colm Toibin, Ann Beattie, M. L. Stedman, Rachel Kushner, Miranda July, Dana Spiotta, and Anthony Doerr.
Erroll McDonald a trustee of PEN America, is a Vice President, Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group of Penguin Random House. Among the authors he has edited and published are: James Baldwin, Italo Calvino, Friedrich Durenmatt, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael R. Gordon, Kazuo Ishiguro, Randall Kennedy, Fran Lebowitz, Arthur Levitt, Wangari Matthai (Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize), Toni Morrison (Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature), Bao Nihn, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Richard Posner, Salman Rushdie, President Nicolas Sarkozy, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, and Wole Soyinka (Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature). McDonald graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with an A.B. in English with Honors, and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. He has been a lecturer at Yale and an adjunct professor at Columbia.
Chris Jackson is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Previously, Jackson was an Executive Editor at Spiegel & Grau, where he edited several bestselling authors, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bryan Stevenson, Eddie Huang, Jill Leovy, Matt Taibbi, Victor LaValle, and Jay Z. His forthcoming One World authors include Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Alex Wagner, Quiara Hudes, Molly Crabapple, Marwan Hisham, and Binyavanga Wainaina. His own writing has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, The Paris Review, and Callaloo among other places.