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ROUND-TRIP TRAVELER: After leaving Condé Nast Traveler to work as an executive editor for Stephen Drucker’s update of Town & Country last summer, Hanya Yanagihara is on her way back to 4 Times Square. Traveler editor in chief Klara Glowczewska has stolen Yanagihara back with a plush editor at large assignment. “I want to work at Traveler because I get to travel, I get to work with Klara again, which is really great, and I get to be out in the world,” said Yanagihara from her desk in the Hearst Tower, where she was busy closing editor in chief Jay Fielden’s first September issue on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s been fun while it lasted,” she said about working at Hearst, “but this is the job I always wanted.” Yanagihara will report for work in Traveler’s offices in August when she returns from a trip to southeast Asia, where she will be gathering ideas for the magazine.

Yanagihara began at Traveler in 2005 as a features editor and held the title deputy editor by the time she left in 2010. “I always thought of myself as their R&D department,” she said. There was space in the magazine’s headcount to hire Yanagihara back after articles editor Kate Maxwell left earlier this summer for Jet Setter, Gilt Groupe’s travel e-commerce site.

Fielden will be hiring someone to replace Yanagihara, according to a spokesman for Town & Country, but hasn’t selected anyone yet. In the meantime, Lesley Williams, a photo archivist from Ralph Lauren, has joined Town & Country as photo editor.


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