HarperCollins Canada has hired Hadley Dyer as the new executive editor for children’s books. Hadley is a children’s writer in her own right and author of Johnny Kellock Died Today (HarperCollins Canada), winner of CBC Radio’s Young Canada Reads and finalist for the 2007 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Hadley has been actively involved in the children’s publishing industry for years. She has worked as a bookseller at Woozles in Halifax, was Library Coordinator at the Canadian Chidren’s Book Centre and was part of the marketing department at Groundwood Books before becoming children’s editor at James Lorimer and Company. She teaches a course on children’s publishing at Ryerson University and is the past president of IBBY Canada.
In a press release, HarperCollins Canada president and CEO David Kent says, “We had received calls from editors across the country and from New York, but we ended up finding the right person among our Canadian writers. It’s a reminder not only of the depth of children’s writing talent in which we have invested for more than 20 years, but that an outstanding list of award-winning, bestselling books does not happen overnight.”
Hadley replaces Lynne Missen, who left HarperCollins Canada in January to become publishing director of Penguin Canada Young Readers.