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Joy de Menil

Director of Belknap Publishing

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“In addition to my work overseeing the Belknap Press and paperback lists, I am eager to publish scholars at the top of their fields who want to reach a wide audience and young and original thinkers with a strong voice on the page. I look for books with ideas that matter. I work closely with my authors to structure and shape their books and guide them through every aspect of publication with an eye towards securing maximal coverage.

I recently published a magisterial reconsideration of the checkered record of American psychiatry by Andrew Scull; Traveling Black by Mia Bay, which won the Bancroft Prize; and In Praise of Failure, which offers up some much-needed lessons in humility. In the spring I will be publishing a vibrant history of American women’s fight for equality since the Revolutionary War and a legitimately life-changing work by two visionary medical researchers on what we should be doing to live longer and healthier lives. In 2020 I published an unexpectedly timely book on the cutting-edge science of Healthy Buildings, a study of bystander inaction and “moral rebels” by social psychologist Catherine Sanderson, a Supreme Court environmental whodunnit by Richard Lazarus, and a beautifully crafted look at how fascism really ruled women by Victoria de Grazia. Many of my books have won prizes: Tom Zoellner’s Island on Fire won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Traveling Black won the Bancroft and three other awards, and others have won the Orwell Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Duff Cooper, Marraro, and many more.”

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