Craig Popelars will join Tin House Books as publisher starting June 1. Popelars has been at Algonquin Books for 25 years, most recently as associate publisher.
Popelars's appointment is part of Tin House's strategy to expand its publishing program, which currently focuses on fiction, poetry, memoir, and essays. The house, which is based in Portland, Ore., has put out about 18 titles annually, but plans to grow that number to 24 by 2021. Win McCormack, current publisher and owner of Tin House Books, said in a statement: “Craig Popelars is a powerhouse in the field. He has exactly the kind of vision, energy, and experience needed to take Tin House Books to the next level."
McCormack expanded on his hopes to grow Tin House's book list, citing the work done by a number of company veteran and the recent hiring of Molly Templeton and Yashwina Canter to the publicity department and Elizabeth DeMeo to the editorial team. "It’s the ideal time to double down on our success and grow the company," he said.
In prepared remarks, Popelars said: “I’m honored, excited, and inspired to join a publishing program that I greatly admire. Alongside my colleagues at Tin House, it’s my aim to continue building a dynamic program with an adventurous publishing spirit that connects talented writers with engaged and devoted readers.”