Lee Boudreaux, current editorial director of HarperCollins' Ecco imprint, has been tapped to head her own imprint at Little, Brown. Boudreaux, who will have the title of v-p and editorial director in her new role, will start at LB on September 2, and oversee an eponymous line publishing eight to 10 titles per year.
Boudreaux has been at Ecco for the last nine years where, among other titles, she acquired bestsellers like the runaway smash by debut novelist David Wrobleski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (2008), and quieter literary successes such as Patrick DeWitt's Sisters Brothers (2011). Before joining Ecco, Boudreaux was at Random House where she worked on debut novels by now-established authors like Curtis Sittenfeld, Arthur Phillips and Adriania Trigiani. Her authors have, over the years, won a smattering of literary awards from the Booker Prize to the NBCC Award to the PEN/Hemingway.
Speaking to Boudreaux's stature, Reagan Arthur, senior v-p and publisher of LB, said: "Lee is one of the most respected editors in the business, widely admired not just for her adventurous and discerning eye but also for her sharp editorial skills. I've long wanted to work with her, and I'm absolutely thrilled to welcome her to Little, Brown, where I know she and her new list will be an exciting part of our future."
For her part, Boudreaux said that this new job will give her the chance to "shape my own list" and allow her to "discover the kind of electrifying and unexpected voices I’ve grown to treasure."