Bill Hamilton is joining Celadon Books as executive editor on April 5, the heads of the Macmillan division, Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, have announced. He will acquire and edit nonfiction, especially histories and political books.
“This is a unique moment for our country, when understanding how we have gotten to this point has never been more important,” Hamilton said in a statement. “My goal is to find writers who can help us do that as well as produce books that are a joy to read. And there’s no better place to do this than as part of Jamie and Deb’s team.”
Hamilton, a veteran newspaper editor, has been Washington editor at the New York Times for the past five years, where he oversaw coverage of the Trump White House and the Supreme Court, after joining the Times's Washington bureau in 2012. (His father, Thomas J. Hamilton, was a Times reporter for 35 years.) Prior to working at the times, Hamilton deputy managing editor at Politico, a position he took in 2009 after a round of buyouts at the Washington Post, where he had served in a number of positions over the years. Stories he edited during his tenures at the Times and Post have earned four Pulitzer Prizes, among other awards.
“We are thrilled that Bill Hamilton will be joining Celadon Books,” Raab and Futter said in a joint statement. “With his remarkable breadth of experience in the top echelons of journalism, and his finger on the pulse of national politics at this crucial moment, we know he is going to add a rich, new dimension to our list.”