Award-winning author David A. Robertson will join Tundra Book Group in the newly created role of editorial director effective November 7, 2022. He will oversee a yet-to-be-named children’s imprint dedicated to publishing Indigenous writers and illustrators.
“I never imagined that I would be in the position I’m in today, but as my career has progressed, I’ve recognized the importance of creating opportunities for new and emerging Indigenous writers so they can write stories that matter, that heal, that inspire, and that lead us on a good path,” said Robertson in the press release. “Working with Tundra has been an incredible experience. They’ve believed in my vision as an author, and I trust them to carry out that vision. I’m thrilled to strengthen our relationship in this way and work with a team that sees how vital it is to amplify voices and continue to open doors.”
The imprint, which will publish books for young readers of all ages, will create new opportunities for emerging Indigenous talent as well as a few established voices.
“I can’t think of anyone more perfectly suited to shape and lead the important work of this new imprint. I’ve learned so much from Dave already, and I’m delighted for this opportunity to work more closely alongside him in his new role,” Tara Walker, Tundra Book Group publisher, said in the press release. “Most of all, I’m excited for the kids whose lives will be reflected in and altered by the wonderful books from other Indigenous creators Dave will usher into the world.”
Robertson, the bestselling author of the ongoing Misewa Saga, is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for On the Trapline and When We Were Alone.