April 5, 2018 Neil Wadhwa

New Publisher Named at Groundwood Books

April 5, 2018 — Sarah MacLachlan, President of House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books, is pleased to announce that Semareh Al-Hillal has been named Publisher at Groundwood Books. Al-Hillal will take up this position on Monday, May 7, 2018.

Al-Hillal is currently Associate Publisher at Kids Can Press, where she has been for 18 years. She is highly regarded by authors, illustrators, agents and publishing colleagues around the world, and is known for her diplomacy, thoughtfulness and collaborative approach.

“I am honoured to be given the chance to build on the strong foundation laid by founding publisher Patsy Aldana and continue the wonderful work of Sheila Barry and other Groundwood staff past and present. The thought of being able to uphold and further Groundwood’s stellar reputation and prestigious list is very exciting to me,” said Al-Hillal. “I’m looking forward to working with all of the talented creators and staff to create important, magical, diverse books that engage, transport and reflect young readers.”

MacLachlan, who is also Publisher at House of Anansi Press, said about Al-Hillal: “We look forward to having Semareh join the Groundwood team, and I know that Nan Froman, Editorial Director, Michael Solomon, Art Director, Shelley Tanaka, Fiction Editor, Emma Sakamoto, Managing Editor and Giselle Wenban, Editorial Assistant, will flourish under Semareh’s leadership. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Semareh has agreed to join us.”

“Semareh’s extensive experience and expertise in the publishing of children’s literature makes her a fitting replacement for the outstanding leadership of Sheila Barry,” said Scott Griffin, owner and Chairman of the board of House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books.

For any questions:
Contact: Cindy Ma
416-363-4343 x 250
cma@groundwoodbooks.com

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