The recent vacancy brought on by the return to teaching of Signature’s marketing manager Stephanie Lauritzen has been filled in-house with the appointment of Devery Anderson to that position. Anderson assumed the reigns of marketing on September 25, 2017.
Anderson, who has been part of Signature’s editorial department since September 2011, is excited about his new duties. “Signature Books has been an important voice in the Mormon studies community for nearly four decades,” he says, “and my goal is to enhance that.” He looks forward to increasing Signature’s presence in bookstores throughout the Wasatch Front and elsewhere, and to cultivating positive relationships with current and future authors and readers. “I want authors of thoughtful, scholarly Mormon content to consider us first as their publisher. They can be assured of a well-edited, beautifully designed book from our editorial and production departments.”
Anderson himself is no stranger to Mormon studies, having edited or co-edited three documentary history volumes: Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, The Nauvoo Endowment Companies (both recipients of the Award for Best Documentary by the Mormon History Association), and The Development of LDS Temple Worship. In 2015 he went outside of Mormon Studies to produce Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement, which has been optioned by Hollywood for a television miniseries. When not working or writing, he is finishing up a master’s in publishing program through George Washington University and completing a biography of early Mormon apostle Willard Richards.