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Cecily van Buren-Freedman

Cecily van Buren-Freedman


Cecily van Buren-Freedman is an Assistant Editor at Celadon Books, a Division of Macmillan Publishers. She joined Celadon in 2018 to assist Ryan Doherty and Jamie Raab.

Cecily is eager to acquire books that speak to the current cultural moment. She is looking for gorgeously-written accessible literary/upmarket fiction and voice-driven nonfiction, including essay collections, cultural journalism, narrative nonfiction, and humor.

Across genres, she is interested in books from fresh voices and marginalized perspectives, and books that explore social justice issues in nuanced and unexpected ways. She has a soft spot for speculative fiction and anything related to music.

Cecily is a graduate of Haverford College and the Columbia Publishing Course. Prior to joining the publishing world, she was a consultant at Geneva Global, a philanthropy consulting firm.

She is a lifelong New Yorker, but is also an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. She struggles daily to reconcile her Manhattanite identity and desire to always be on the side of a mountain. When not reading submissions, you can find her at the rock climbing gym or a minor league baseball game!

A few books she loves: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib, Wow No Thank You by Samantha Irby, Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, and anything by Ottessa Moshfegh.

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