We would like to extend a warm welcome to W. Drake McFeely and Suketu Mehta, the two newest additions to The Common’s Board of Directors.
W. Drake McFeely has made his entire career at W. W. Norton and Company, founded in 1923 and today the largest independent publisher wholly owned by its employees. Hired as a college traveler upon graduation from Amherst College in 1976, he was promoted to assistant sales manager in 1980 and within a year had also become an editor. Named a vice president in 1990, he served as associate director of the college department from 1993-94 and in 1994 was named Norton’s fifth president. He has been a member of Norton’s Board of Directors since 1990 and is today that board’s chairman.
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Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers’ Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered.
Mehta is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. He is currently working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship. He has also written original screenplays for films, including New York, I Love You, and a novella What is Remembered (2016). Mehta was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
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