In 2010 it was a big year for Davis, who ascended to publisher of Amistad, HarperCollins’s African-American imprint, and also became the executive editor of Ecco. As editorial director at Amistad for the last decade, Davis turned the imprint into a powerhouse for black letters, producing bestselling titles such as Edward P. Jones’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Known World and Paula Giddings’s biography of Ida B. Wells.
“Young, savvy, and equally adept at developing serious literary works and surefire popular hits, Davis is a rising star in the publishing world,” Banks said by email. Her dual appointment at Ecco and Amistad, he said, “should make her a fascinating force to reckon with in decades to come.”