On the heels of the departure of Bruce Nichols, Deb Brody has been named v-p and publisher of the adult trade division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Brody is replacing Nichols, who was just hired as publisher of Little, Brown.
Brody, who will take on the role effective April 27, has been at HMH since 2016, when she joined the publisher from William Morrow in the role of director of HMH's lifestyle and culinary program. In 2017, she was promoted to editor-in-chief at HMH, overseeing nonfiction. In that role, she worked on franchises like the Instant Pot titles and Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything series.
In her new position Brody will, explained Ellen Archer, president of HMH, "lead the editorial team, overseeing its fiction, nonfiction, lifestyle and Mariner trade paperback lines."
Under Brody's watch as e-i-c, HMH has acquired such titles as the bestseller Last Book on the Left, Neal Katyal's Impeach, and the forthcoming book by former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Brody, who is based in HMH's New York office, said she is "excited to move into this new role and continue the extraordinary publishing the company has always been known for, while making us a destination for diverse voices and fresh ideas.”