This past AAR/SBL, Continuum Books and a special cadre of authors said a final farewell to our beloved editor, Frank Oveis, who has entered retirement after a prestigious career in publishing spanning over three decades. At the reception, wonderful anecdotes were shared and everyone was very grateful and proud to have worked with such a conscientious, knowledgeable, and skilled editor. It certainly was a wonderful, yet bittersweet reception.
America Magazine, the National Catholic Weekly, has published a very kind tribute to Frank for all of his hard work and generosity over the years.
Alongside his list of accomplishments, America says of Frank
Despite all the technological changes in the business, he told Library Journal this past May that “publishing remains a highly personal affair, dependent upon the interests, education and intelligence of the acquiring editors.... I can’t say I develop books. Rather, I encourage certain authors.” Exactly.
Having had only a short time to work with Frank before he left, I can say that it was a real pleasure to work with him especially as he was the only other religion editor in our New York office. He set a real example for me during my first few months and certainly made an impact for which I am very appreciative. I certainly share America's sentiment.
All the best wishes on your next chapter, Frank!