Joy de Menil

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'Joy de Menil, a daughter of Lois Ames Pattison de Menil and Georges François Conrad de Menil of Paris, married Laird Scott Townsend Reed, a son of Helen Scott Townsend Reed of Manakin-Sabot, Va., and the late William T. Reed III in 2007.

"Joy de Menil is Executive Editor of Viking Penguin. She served as Senior Editor at The Atlantic from 2005-2008. Previously Editorial Director at William Heinemann in London and a Senior Editor at Random House in New York, she has published a number of acclaimed books, including Margaret MacMillan's Paris 1919, Milt Bearden and James Risen's The Main Enemy, Nancy Milford's Savage Beauty, and Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, a #1 New York Times bestseller." [1]

"She is a senior editor of The Atlantic Monthly in Washington. She is a trustee of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a reconstruction and preservation organization in Kabul, Afghanistan, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was until 2005 editorial director of Heinemann Publishers in London...

"Her father is a professor of economics at the Paris School of Economics. Her mother, a writer, is the author of “Who Speaks for Europe: The Vision of Charles De Gaulle” (Palgrave Macmillan, 1978); she is also the chairwoman and president of the Center for Khmer Studies, a research center in Cambodia.

"Ms. de Menil is a granddaughter of the late Dominique de Menil, who founded the Menil Collection, the art museum in Houston. A great-grandfather of the bride, Conrad Schlumberger, was a founder of Schlumberger Limited,the oil-field service company in New York." [2]

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  1. Carr Conference, organizational web page, accessed April 6, 2012.
  2. NYT Joy de Menil and Laird Reed, organizational web page, accessed April 6, 2012.