Amanda Lewis is an editor and writer. She has worked as a substantive editor and managing editor in traditional, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing models. She is dedicated to mission-driven publishing, and believes that innovative storytelling plays a key role in social change. When she’s not editing, Amanda is searching for the largest trees in British Columbia.
Amanda is currently Editorial Director at Page Two, a hybrid publishing agency that helps individuals, organizations, and foundations around the world publish non-fiction and children’s books. At Page Two, Amanda edits non-fiction books, seeks new clients, manages the freelance editorial team, positions books for the marketplace, and helps to direct the company’s editorial vision. Before becoming Editorial Director in 2017, Amanda worked for Page Two for a year as Project & Development Manager, managing the production cycle for a range of books and authors.
Previously, Amanda was Editor and Associate Managing Editor at the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group at Penguin Random House Canada (PRHC) in Toronto from 2008 to 2016. She acquired and edited fiction and non-fiction books for Knopf Canada and Random House Canada, and was mentored by Anne Collins and Louise Dennys.
Amanda has worked with Canadian and international authors including Naomi Klein, Charles Foran, Gary Barwin, Liz Harmer, Micah White, Carol Shaben, Tzeporah Berman, Yann Martel, Wayne Johnston, Edmund Metatawabin, Astra Taylor, John Vaillant, Adria Vasil, Paul Seesequasis, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Kate Harris, and J.B. MacKinnon. She has also edited posthumous collections by Jane Jacobs and Carol Shields.
Books Amanda has worked on have become #1 national and international bestsellers; won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Governor General’s Literary Award, Hilary Weston/Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, Edna Staebler Award for Non-Fiction, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, Ontario Legislative Assembly Speaker’s Book Award, and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction; and been nominated for the Trillium Book Award and Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, among other accolades. In 2017 Amanda was a finalist for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence for her work on Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin.
Amanda is co-founder and Literary Director of The Reading Line, a non-profit organization that hosts Book Rides promoting local authors and advocating for infrastructure improvements. Book Rides have featured authors including S. Bear Bergman, Anne Michaels, Vincent Lam, Alissa York, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, and Jay Pitter.
Prior to joining PRHC, Amanda worked at Rebus Creative in Vancouver, where she coordinated the Adopt-a-Library Program, which distributes notable books by BC authors to schools throughout the province.
Amanda has also worked as a freelance editor for non-profits including Community Food Centres Canada and Park People, as well as yoga teachers, filmmakers, and those looking to make career transitions.
Amanda holds an MA in English literature and a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education, both from the University of British Columbia. For her MA she specialized in spatial studies, book history/print culture, American literature, and autobiography. For her graduate work, Amanda was the recipient of a Graduate Entrance Scholarship, SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship, and the Butler Award. She also studied publishing and editing at Simon Fraser University, where she was the recipient of the Garner Book Publishing Award, and Ryerson University, where she won the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Copy Editing. In August 2017, Amanda completed the week-long Editing Indigenous Manuscripts course at Humber College, facilitated by Warren Cariou, Cherie Dimaline, Gregory Scofield, and Greg Younging.
Amanda is a certified yoga instructor and taught restorative yoga in Toronto for several years. She has volunteered for numerous environmental organizations over the years, including serving as Media Director for Toronto350.org, where she sought coverage for direct actions. She completed Training for Social Action Trainers through Training for Change, and participated in Hollyhock’s Social Change Institute in 2015. She was also the longtime Director of the Green Committee at PRHC, where she led company-wide sustainability initiatives and hosted a monthly Green Speakers Series, featuring top authors on matters related to sustainable living, Indigenous rights, consumerism, and digital waste.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Amanda lives in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
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