Adam Bellow, Son of Saul and ‘Right-Wing Controversialist,’ Joins Collins as Executive Editor

Adam Bellow, the conservative editor and author known for publishing books like The Bell Curve, David Brock’s The Real Anita Hill, and Dinesh D’Souza’s Illiberal Education, has left Doubleday for a senior position at Collins, the once quite invisible reference imprint of HarperCollins that has, in recent months, been taking aggressive steps towards recasting itself as a major player in non-fiction narrative.

The transformation began when HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman brought in Steve Ross from Crown and Bruce Nichols from Free Press to preside over the imprint. Since then, Mr. Ross and Mr. Nichols have been on a dizzying hiring spree that has made some people in publishing wonder whether the team would ever stop growing.

Mr. Bellow, who is the son of novelist Saul Bellow, will join the Collins team as VP and executive editor on April 1st. He is already well acquianted with Mr. Nichols, with whom he worked in the early 90s when they were both working at Free Press.

“When I first joined Free Press in 1992 Adam was a rising star, and a wonderful colleague,” Mr. Nichols said in his announcement. “In the years since then his finger has remained directly on the pulse of intellectual conservative publishing, with the track record to prove it.”