We are pleased to announce that we have recently hired Joseph Bonyata as our director of publication production. Joe started his career in book publishing at Fortress Press in Minneapolis, a leading publisher in biblical studies and theology. As managing editor at Fortress, Joe was responsible for over 60 new titles a year and oversaw the digital publication of the 55 volumes of Martin Luther’s Works, as well as a new translation of the foundational book of Lutheranism, The Book of Concord. Joe also headed the team that initially developed fortresspress.com. After Fortress, he published books on “planes, trains, and automobiles” at MBI Publishing in Minneapolis. Joe then served as director of editorial production for the New York trade publisher Perseus Books Group, overseeing the publication of over 200 new book titles a year.
Joe has a BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota and a Certificate in the Business of Publishing from the University of Chicago. He currently serves as a Church Service Missionary at the Provo MTC and lives in Orem with his wife, Barbara, who teaches Spanish literature at BYU, and their daughter, Isabella, and son, Elijah. Joe’s oldest daughter, Alexandra, just graduated from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota.
Joe says, “I am thrilled to be a part of helping to further the mission of the Maxwell Institute. And I am so impressed by the depth, breadth, and quality of the Institute’s publications. I look forward to working with my new colleagues in continuing the Institute’s legacy of promoting top-notch scholarship and encouraging religious understanding and respect among humankind’s many different cultures.”