Mitzi Angel, publisher and incoming president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, has promoted Jenna Johnson to v-p and editor-in-chief of the imprint, succeeding Eric Chinski, who has stepped into a new role as senior executive editor. Both Johnson and Chinski will report to Angel.
Chinski has been editor-in-chief for 15 years. FSG said he is stepping away from his managerial responsibilities to focus on publishing his own list and will continue to be “an important voice in the publishing program.” Recent FSG bestsellers published under Chinski include Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman, The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow, and Wildland by Evan Osnos. During his tenure, Chinski has worked on books by many other significant writers, including Tove Ditlevsen’s The Copenhagen Trilogy and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow.
For her part, Johnson has edited a slate of award-winning and bestselling titles for FSG, including Luster by Raven Leilani, Severance by Ling Ma, and Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaght. Other FSG authors she has worked with include Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Samantha Hunt, Amy Leach, Claire Luchette, Sarah Moss, and Asali Solomon.
“Johnson’s exquisite taste is marked by her commitment to publishing a range of voices across genre and style,” said Angel in a statement. “She has built a reputation for working with intelligence, savvy, and determination.”
Johnson said she is excited about her new role and is looking forward to leading a “dynamic and talented editorial team.”
Johnson's promotion comes six weeks after Angel was named to succeed Jonathan Galassi as FSG president starting January 1.