Emily Bell will join Zando, the new independent publishing venture launched in October by Molly Stern, as head of editorial, effective January 4. Bell will hire and lead Zando's editorial team in addition to acquiring her own list,

In her new role, Bell will "implement the editorial vision for the company and its catalyst partners," Stern said—the publisher's term for "influential people, platforms, and institutions to acquire and publish new titles under their own imprints" with Zando. Bell will report to Stern.

"Building something new with someone whose taste, vision, and execution I've long admired was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Bell said. "I'm excited to join the Zando team, to grow the Zando team, and to help redesign the way we get great books into dedicated and potential readers' hands."

Bell comes to Zando after a decade at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and, before that, spent time at Riverhead Books. At FSG, she was most recently executive editor and director of FSG Originals, the publisher's paperback original line, which published early works by such authors as Amelia Gray, Catherine Lacey, and Laura van den Berg.

Bell was also responsible for a publishing partnership between FSG Originals and Logic magazine. Among the books Bell has edited and published are: Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women (which is currently being adapted by Pedro Almodovar for the screen), Emily Nemens's The Cactus League, Brian Phillips's Impossible Owls, and Anna Wiener's Uncanny Valley.

Bell can be reached at her new email address: ebell@zandoprojects.com.