Chris Jackson (publisher)

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Chris Jackson
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationPublisher
Editor
EmployerRandom House

Chris Jackson is publisher and editor-in-chief of the One World imprint of Random House.

Early life[edit]

Jackson grew up outside of Harlem, New York, and attended Hunter College High School and Columbia University.[1]

Career[edit]

From 2006 to 2016 Jackson was executive editor of Spiegel and Grau[2] before becoming head of One World. The New York Times described Jackson as a "rare public star in the world of book publishing."[3] Calling Jackson "someone you need to know," Ebony cited his work with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jay-Z and Beyoncé as well as Jackson's "background and understanding of how to take Black stories and turn them into something that the entire market should--and could--appreciate."[4] Critic Vinson Cunningham, writing for The New York Times Magazine, said, "To the extent that 21st-century literary audiences have been introduced to the realities and absurdities born of the phenomenon of race in America, Jackson has done a disproportionate amount of that introducing."[5] Speaking of his experience working with Jackson, who published Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat, Huang noted Jackson also developed work addressed to readers the publishing industry had not been reaching. “I remember him saying, 'It’s not even about the numbers. You’re introducing an audience. You’re going to get people that don’t read books to read this book.'"[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lewis, Andy (September 28, 2016). "Trayvon Martin's Parents Writing Memoir: "Everyone Reading the Manuscript Is in Tears by the Second Chapter"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  2. ^ Reid, Calvin (April 11, 2016). "Chris Jackson to Relaunch One World Imprint". Publishers Weekly.
  3. ^ Williams, John (April 11, 2016). "Chris Jackson to Lead One World Imprint at Random House". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. ^ Gibbs, Adrienne Samuels (April 14, 2016). "Clap for Him! Chris Jackson Lands New Role at Random House imprint". Ebony. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  5. ^ Cunningham, Vinson (2 February 2016). "How Chris Jackson Is Building a Black Literary Movement". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  6. ^ Hsu, Hua. "Eddie Huang Has Come Down from the Mountain". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2021-04-04.