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Loyola Press's Joe Durepos Retiring after Long, Successful Career in Acquistions

Monday, August 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Loyola Press has announced that Joe Durepos will be retiring from his role as Executive Editor, Trade Acquisitions after nearly 17 years. Durepos’s last day with the Press will be October 31, 2018. Transition plans will be announced closer to Joe’s retirement date.

Durepos joined the company as a senior acquisitions editor in 2002. Prior to his tenure at Loyola Press, Joe had worked for six years as an independent literary agent, during which he developed and placed numerous bestsellers, including Matthew Kelly’s The Rhythm of Life, Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s The Invitation, Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s The Gift of Peace, Bret Nicholaus’s The Conversation Piece, and Mother Teresa’s No Greater Love.

While at Loyola Press, Durepos was part of a trade acquisitions team that oversaw the development of many bestselling and award-winning titles, including Chris Lowney’s Heroic Leadership, Joan Wester Anderson’s In the Arms of Angels, Fr. James Martin’s My Life with the Saints, Go in Peace by St. John Paul II, and The Church of Mercy and Dear Pope Francis by Pope Francis. He has acquired and worked with a variety of acclaimed authors including Heather King, Joe Paprocki, Kerry Weber, Jim Manney, Jane Knuth, Brian Doyle, Amy Welborn, and Fr. Richard Rohr. Always seeking to forward the mission of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus, of which Loyola Press is proud to be a part, Joe also assisted the Press in publishing some of the greatest Jesuit authors of our time, including Fr. William Barry SJ, Fr. David Fleming SJ, Fr. James Martin SJ, Fr. Joseph Tetlow SJ, and Fr Mark Thibodeaux SJ.

Durepos said in a statement, “I’ve had the best job in the world, working with an incredibly talented team and the finest writers. Now it’s time to make room for others to bring the Press to ever greater heights in the years to come. As for me, I intend to sleep, travel, binge watch British crime dramas and read the stacks of novels that have been calling to me for years.”

Joellyn Cicciarelli, president and publisher of Loyola Press, said of Durepos in a statement, “With Joe’s acquisition guidance, Loyola Press has consistently published some of the most notable Catholic authors and books of our time—works that will endure. Joe has helped us acquire titles that have been New York Times Best Sellers and that have received numerous Christopher Awards, Independent Press Awards, and the Association of Catholic Publishers awards. Joe’s acquisitions have helped to position Loyola Press as one of the top Catholic publishers in the country, and we are forever grateful for his contributions.”

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