Christina Henry de Tessan

Before Christina even became a Girl Friday, we butchered her elegant, melodious name by affectionately calling her “C. Henry.” And in keeping with her sweet nature, she lets us. Christina cut her professional teeth writing and editing nonfiction, particularly travel books, but years ago she moved on from the thread counts of hotel linens and developed a grand passion and expertise for editing fiction. Indeed, novels are Christina’s specialty, from Central Asia–based spy thrillers to historical dramas, to contemporary women’s fiction and translations. However, most of Christina's time is spent in her role as vice president of editorial, where she oversees our collaborative editing and writing division and keeps our Portland office humming. Additional perk: Christina knows more about Paris than anyone you’ll ever meet.

Frequently Asked

IF YOU COULD MEET ANY AUTHOR, IT WOULD BE:

Malcolm Gladwell. I saw him speak recently, and he’s not only brilliant but humane. He looks at the world in such a distinctive way.

WHAT YOU WOULD DO WITH A FREE DAY ANYWHERE:

I’d indulge in dim sum in San Francisco, shop for frocks in Brooklyn, partake of late-night book browsing at Powell’s in Portland, and do just about anything in Paris. (Flying between locales via my Wonder Woman–inspired invisible jet.)

ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE RIGHT NOW:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; The Last Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson; The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams; The Nix by Nathan Hill; Radio Girls by Sarah Jane Stratford; How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

FAVORITE COCKTAIL:

Margarita (preferably with my toes firmly planted in Mexican sand).

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Christina began her publishing career at Chronicle Books and was also an editor for Seal Press and Avalon before joining Girl Friday in its infancy and helping it grow to where it is today. She conceived of the City Walks deck series (published by Chronicle), which she still edits to this day. Forever Paris is her most recently published work.

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