NEA announces new director for literature programs

October 28, 2011 - 3:45 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime book agent and editor Ira Silverberg has been named director of literature for the National Endowment for the Arts.

The NEA announced Friday that Silverberg will begin his new job Dec. 5. His responsibilities will include overseeing the awarding of grants and fellowships to people and institutions and coordinating the NEA's nationwide reading programs.

Silverberg's clients have included memoir writer Ishmael Beah and National Book Award fiction finalist Adam Haslett.

At the NEA, Silverberg succeeds Jon Parrish Peede, who left in September to resume his writing career.