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Zoe Yang to join Manilla Press as commissioning editor

Manilla Press, a literary imprint of Bonnier Books UK, has announced that Zoe Yang will join this February as commissioning editor. She will work closely with Publisher Sophie Orme, and take on responsibility for a number of the imprint’s established authors in addition to seeking out exciting new talent to grow the list.  

Yang previously worked at Orion for three years, rising up the ranks to become editor on the Trapeze list, before taking a break from publishing to complete a diploma in graphic design. At Orion, authors she worked with included Chloë Ashby, Diana Reid, Salma El-Wardany and Jendella Benson. 

Zoe Yang said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Bonnier Books UK and to have the opportunity to grow the stellar list at Manilla Press alongside Sophie Orme and her team. I’ll be looking to acquire fiction from talented new voices and fresh perspectives across the spectrum of contemporary upmarket/literary crossover, including fiction in translation – from ambitious, knotty family dramas to dark, subversive literary thrillers.”

Sophie Orme, publisher, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Zoe to Manilla Press at such an exciting time for the imprint. I was hugely impressed by her instincts, passion, market knowledge and breadth of experience to date and know she’ll be a huge asset to the team. I can’t wait to see what she brings to the list.”

Part of the Zaffre Publishing Group, Manilla Press is the boutique home of bestselling authors such as Stacey Halls, Christy Lefteri, and Louise Nealon; and with recent successes including last year’s debut sensation Days at the Morisaki Bookshop by Satoshi Yagisawa. An exciting 2024 list sees the much-anticipated return of Stacey Halls with her fourth novel The Household, alongside Rowan Beaird’s beguiling debut The Divorcees, Karen Valby’s recently-announced The Swans of Harlem, the breakout literary novel Hold Back the Night by Observer debut novelist Jessica Moor and the paperback edition of Lefteri’s acclaimed The Book of Fire. 

Yang will join the company on February 12th, reporting into Sophie Orme.