Shaye Areheart is the director of the Columbia Publishing Course, both in New York City and in Oxford, England.
For thirty‐one years, she worked as an editor at Doubleday and Company, now Doubleday Knopf, and at the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. She began her career as an assistant to the editor and rose through the ranks to editor, senior editor, executive editor, editorial director and publisher. She was given an eponymous fiction imprint in 1999 and published authors including Alice Hoffman, Gillian Flynn, Lisa Unger, Chris Bohjalian, Roland Merullo, Craig Nova, Barbara Vine and Jeanne Ray.
She also ran Harmony Books, a largely nonfiction imprint, which published books by Douglas Adams, Deepak Chopra, Carol Burnett, Ben Macintyre, Ram Dass, Tony Curtis, Cesar Millan, David Sanger and many others.
During her long career, she worked closely with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, co‐editing a variety of books from Michael Jackson's #1 bestselling memoir, Moonwalk, to Gelsey Kirkland's bestselling memoir, Dancing on My Grave, to George Plimpton's Fireworks: A History and Celebration and former Vogue and Maribella editor in chief Diana Vreeland's book on style, Allure.
Over the years, she also worked with Ray Bradbury, Martin Amis, Douglas Adams, James Dickey, Thor Heyerdahl, Stevie Nicks, Christopher Isherwood and Sir Edmund Hillary, among others.
She taught at the Columbia Publishing Course annually during her long career and worked to establish the great new course at Oxford University. Shaye feels fortunate to be in a position to help new generations of young people carry on the important work of finding, editing, marketing, publicizing and publishing books and authors, as well as contributing to the print and digital publications that are the all‐important showcases for writing talent of every stripe and a map to any culture's progress and interests.
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