REAGAN ARTHUR NAMED PUBLISHER OF LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY
Michael Pietsch, Publisher of Little, Brown and Company and incoming CEO of Hachette Book Group, announced today that Reagan Arthur will become Little, Brown’s Senior Vice President and Publisher. Arthur, currently Editorial Director of Reagan Arthur Books, a Little, Brown imprint, assumes her new role on April 1, when Pietsch takes over as CEO. She will also join Hachette’s Executive Management Board at that time.
Arthur arrived at Little, Brown in 2001 and in 2008 was named VP, Editorial Director of Reagan Arthur Books. Among the many bestselling and prizewinning writers she has acquired and edited are Tina Fey, author of the million-copy-selling #1 bestseller Bossypants, National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris, Whitbread Award winner Kate Atkinson, and numerous New York Times bestselling writers including Elin Hilderbrand, George Pelecanos, and Ian Rankin. Elizabeth Kostova’s novel The Historian, which Arthur acquired, was the first debut novel ever to go to #1 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list its first week on sale. In 2012 alone two Reagan Arthur Books first novels, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan, were New York Times bestsellers.
“Soon after Reagan Arthur arrived at Little, Brown one of our sales reps told me, ‘I’ll read anything Reagan recommends.’ Throughout the world of writers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, scouts, literary agents, and international publishers, Reagan’s name has come to carry that same weight,” said Pietsch. “Reagan was born to the work of publishing, she understands it deeply, she possesses a publisher’s relentlessness and charm, and she is hungry for more. “
Arthur said, “I’m thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work with some of the greatest writers and colleagues in the business. Michael is an incredibly tough act to follow, but I’ve been lucky to learn from him, and I’m excited to be part of this next chapter in Little, Brown’s 175-year history of publishing important, lasting fiction and nonfiction.”
In stepping into the role of Publisher, Arthur will retire the Reagan Arthur Books imprint she has led for three years. “However, placing the reins of Little, Brown in the hands of one so capable, insightful, and assured gives me the richest confidence in its future,” said Pietsch. “Knowing how well Reagan already collaborates with Little, Brown’s Paperback and Digital Publisher Terry Adams, Associate Publisher and Marketing Director Heather Fain, Editor in Chief Judy Clain, Editorial Director Geoff Shandler, and Creative Director Mario Pulice, I amlooking forward to seeing her lead this brilliant team immediately to even greater heights.”