We are thrilled to announce that writer, public thinker and cultural leader Devyani Saltzman’s EXITING: Towards a Future of Work that Serves Us All has sold at auction to Anne Collins and Sue Kuruvilla at Random House Canada, in a very nice deal, for publication Spring 2025 by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency (Canadian English).

EXITING: Towards a Future of Work that Serves Us All is an incisive, necessary and rousing work exploring the trend of increasing pushback against systemic change in our institutions, the exiting of diverse leaders from organizations they were invited into, and what new healthier systems could look like. EXITING combines personal narrative, research, and interviews with racialized and Indigenous leaders in the workplace across North America, presenting new ways of thinking about our collective institutions in a time of crisis. 

Devyani Saltzman is a Canadian writer, public thinker and cultural leader with over fifteen years of experience in large-scale institutions, at the intersection between art, ideas and social change. She was most recently Director of Public Programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and was previously the Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre as well as a founding Curator at Luminato, Toronto’s International Arts Festival. Saltzman is a published author and journalist and her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Atlantic, National Post, Room Magazine and Tehelka, an Indian news magazine known for investigative journalism. Her first book, Shooting Water was called ‘A poignant memoir’ by The New York Times and received starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. She is the Vice Chair of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and President of the Toronto Arts Council and since 2020 has consulted across North America on organizational change and cultural programming. In 2022 and 2023 she was named one of the Guest Curators of PEN World Voices Festival in NYC and Los Angeles, the US’ leading annual forum for arts and ideas. She is one of the founding members of Public Imagination Network, aimed at how artists can collectively drive new ideas for policy in service of systems change. Saltzman has a Degree in Human Sciences from Oxford combining sociology and anthropology. 

Congratulations Devyani!