Arcadia Publishing has announced that bestselling author Walter Isaacson has joined the company as editor-at-large and senior advisor and will also be an investor in the publisher. Arcadia, which specializes in publishing books about local history, was acquired last May by Michael Lynton and his sister Lili, and is being run by former Perseus CEO David Steinberger.

Isaacson will work part-time for the company and will acquire, edit, and promote new books that are in keeping with Aracdia's focus on helping people connect to their local history and community, Steinberger said. He will also assist in developing new strategies and partnerships.

Isaacson said that the idea of working with a publisher that focuses on books about local places held great appeal. “Arcadia’s mission immediately resonated with me,” he said. “I returned to New Orleans to teach at Tulane in order to reconnect with my hometown community. The search for these kinds of personally meaningful connections is an important emerging trend in America today. I am gratified to be joining with Michael, David, and Arcadia in this very worthy and timely business endeavor.”

In a statement, Michael Lynton said Isaacson will be a welcomed addition to the company. “We are building a publishing company uniquely positioned for growth in today’s retail and consumer environment, and Walter’s expertise and experience will be invaluable,” he said.