Erroll McDonald

Erroll McDonald


Erroll McDonald is a Vice President, Executive Editor at Knopf and Pantheon. In a career spanning four decades, the authors he has edited and published include: James Baldwin, Harold Bloom, Italo Calvino, Sandra Cisneros, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kazuo Ishiguro, Toni Morrison, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Salman Rushdie, and Wole Soyinka. A summa cum laude graduate of Yale College (he was an English major), he holds an M.B.A. from Columbia. He is a former trustee of PEN America, chair of the board of directors of the Center for Fiction, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The live events of the 2020 World Voices Festival have been canceled due to concerns about the safety of participants and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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