Libby McGuire is Senior Vice President, Publisher of the Atria Publishing Group. She manages the business, editorial and publishing strategies of the many imprints of Atria, which include Atria Books, Atria Español, Black Privilege Publishing, Emily Bestler Books, One Signal Publishers, Simon Element, and Washington Square Press. Within these imprints, Libby oversees a wide range of authors including Colleen Hoover, Brad Thor, Lisa Jewell, Jack Carr, Maggie Smith, Rebecca Serle, Janet Evanovich, Brian Stelter, and Fredrik Backman.
Libby began her career as a marketing assistant at HarperCollins. In 1998 she joined Simon & Schuster as a national account sales person, was named publisher of Ballantine Books in 2006, and remained there until 2015. She worked as a literary agent at The Gernert Company prior to rejoining Simon & Schuster in her current role in 2018.
As Director of Backlist Marketing and Special Projects, Suzanne Donahue’s focus is growing our backlist sales through targeted marketing, academic outreach, and by identifying projects ideal of repackaging, refreshing, and updating. She works closely with the marketing department to create opportunities to put our books in front of new readers.
Suzanne joined Atria as Associate Publisher in 2015. In that role, she oversaw the marketing and publishing plans for both frontlist and backlist titles including the imprints Howard, Strebor, Keywords, Washington Square Press, and Enliven. During her time as Associate Publisher, she helped craft campaigns for bestselling books by Sy Montgomery, Kate Morton, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Fredrik Backman, Jess Kidd, Lisa Jewell, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Jennifer Weiner, Karen Kingsbury, and Jack Carr.
Prior to Atria, Suzanne spent eighteen years as Associate Publisher of Free Press where she oversaw the marketing for both the frontlist and backlist titles and spearheaded the expansion of the academic and digital marketing programs. While at Free Press, she worked on campaigns for bestselling books from Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Joel Osteen, Richard Clark, Dr. Francis Collins, and Martin Seligman. She was the editor of the New York Times bestsellers, It’s All Too Much and Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh, the multi-title million copy selling Williams Sonoma Collection, and the new translation of Zorba the Greek. In 2014, she launched and oversaw the daily content and programming for the popular backlist focused blog, Off the Shelf.
A graduate of Emerson College, Suzanne started her career at Simon & Schuster as an assistant in the Managing Editorial department.
Kitt Reckord-Mabicka works with Libby McGuire. She manages the publisher’s schedule and acts as a go-between for all departments.
Dana Trocker was named Associate Publisher of Atria Books in November 2020. She works closely with sales, production, editorial, and publicity, and she oversees all marketing for the imprint.
Previously, Dana spent two years as Director of Marketing for Atria and five years in the marketing department at the Simon & Schuster imprint, where she planned and executed campaigns for bestselling fiction and nonfiction. In her various marketing roles, she has worked with authors such as Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alice Hoffman, Chris Cleave, Jennifer Weiner, Fredrik Backman, Brad Thor, Janet Evanovich, Rebecca Serle, William Kent Krueger, Lisa Jewell, Samin Nosrat, Susan Orlean, and Bob Dylan.
Before joining Simon & Schuster, Dana worked at Macmillan Speakers Bureau where she brokered paid speaking engagements for in-house authors.
Dana holds a bachelor's degree in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and a master's degree in book publishing from Portland State University. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife, their cat, and several dozen houseplants.
Abby Velasco joined Atria Books in February 2023. As the Publishing Coordinator, she supports Dana Trocker and the publishing office by analyzing industry competition, tracking sales and distribution numbers, and acting as an interdepartmental liaison. Previously she was an Editorial Assistant for Adams Media, theBoston-based imprint of Simon & Schuster. Along with supporting the Adams Media editorial team, Abby provided research and creative input for My Manga Collection by Vernieda Vergara, as well as content feedback for Daily Skincare Journal by Maria Del Russo, I Love Taylor Swift by Princess Gabbara, and more. Prior to her publishing career, she was an indie bookseller, guiding readers to award-winning bestsellers and beautifully written hidden gems.
Abby holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from University of Oregon, and in2020, she graduated from Emerson College with a master’s degree in Publishing and Writing. She now resides in Brooklyn, excited to take on publishing in the big city.
Lindsay Sagnette is Vice President and Editorial Director of Atria Books and Washington Square Press. In her time at Atria, she has acquired and edited new books by #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jennifer Weiner and Lisa Jewell, as well as Rebecca Serle’s instant New York Times bestseller In Five Years, a new novel from New York Times bestseller Jamie Ford, Zakiya Dalila Harris's New York Times bestselling debut, The Other Black Girl, and New York Times bestseller Akwaeke Emezi’s forthcoming romance novel You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty. Prior to her current role, she was Editorial Director for Fiction at Crown, Hogarth, and SJP for Hogarth imprints. While there, she edited and acquired a distinguished list of titles including Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, and A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.
Areas of Interest: Literary Fiction, Book Club Fiction, Thrillers/Suspense, Memoir
Authors Include: Jennifer Weiner, Lisa Jewell, Rebecca Serle, Akwaeke Emezi, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Anna Bruno, Jamie Ford, Christine Pride, Jo Piazza, Kao Kalia Yang, Gillian Flynn, Anthony Marra, Terry McMillan
Peter Borland, Vice President and Editor in Chief of Atria Books and Washington Square Press, joined Atria in 2004 after working in various editorial roles at Dutton and Ballantine. He edits #1 New York Times bestselling novelists Fredrik Backman and Janet Evanovich as well as Thomas Keneally, William Kent Krueger, Paul Rudnick, Liese O'Halloran Schwarz, Marcel Theroux, and Cecily von Ziegesar. His nonfiction books include The Hummingbirds’ Gift by Sy Montgomery, Sentient by Jackie Higgins, Happiness Becomes You by Tina Turner, Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi, I’m Over All That by Shirley MacLaine, and iGen by Jean Twenge. Forthcoming books include The Winners by Fredrik Backman, Going Rogue by Janet Evanovich, Boldly Go by William Shatner, Young Bloomsbury by Nino Strachey, Fragile Cargo by Adam Brookes, The Sorcerer of Pyongyang by Marcel Theroux, Miss Memory Lane by Colton Haynes, and Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style by Paul Rudnick.
Areas of Interest: Commercial and Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Popular Science, History
Authors Include: Fredrik Backman, Adam Brookes, Jon Clinch, Armando Lucas Correa, Janet Evanovich, Colton Haynes, Jackie Higgins, Thomas Keneally, William Kent Krueger, Shirley MacLaine, Sy Montgomery, Paul Rudnick, Liese O'Halloran Schwarz, William Shatner, Marcel Theroux, Tina Turner
Kate Napolitano is an Executive Editor at Atria Books, working on non-fiction in the categories of memoir, narrative non-fiction, pop culture, and humor.
She aims to publish books that entertain and inform, and is passionate about working with authors who can shape our cultural conversation about race, gender, and socioeconomics in an accessible way. Kate is particularly interested in working with writers who challenge the dominant discourse and illuminate social inequities (“good troublemakers”), creatives from unusual and surprising backgrounds, and cultural critics who blend highbrow/lowbrow analysis with voice and verve. Prior to joining Atria, Kate held positions at HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Penguin Random House, where she acquired and edited bestselling and critically acclaimed works including Love, Pamela by legendary pin-up and activist Pamela Anderson; She Memes Well by actress/producer Quinta Brunson; No One Asked for This by humorist Cazzie David; Gone ‘Til November by rapper Lil Wayne; Sellout: The Major Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore by music journalist Dan Ozzi; Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by culture critic Anne Helen Petersen; The Last Book on the Left from the horror-comedy podcast Last Podcast on the Left; The 99% Invisible Field Guide to the City by podcasters Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt; and You Can’t Touch My Hair by comedian/actress Phoebe Robinson, among others. Forthcoming titles include Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America by journalist Michael Harriot and To Catch a Fascist by political reporter Christopher Mathias.
Stephanie Hitchcock joined Atria in October 2019. She began her publishing career at Dutton and was most recently an Editor at Harper and Harper Business. Stephanie specializes in practical and narrative nonfiction from leading journalists, academics, and thought leaders that tackle big ideas and offer solutions to life’s challenges in the workplace and at home. She has published critically acclaimed and bestselling titles such as The Person You Mean to Be by Dolly Chugh, Ultralearning by Scott Young, You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham, and All the Rage by Darcy Lockman.
Michelle Herrera Mulligan is an Executive Editor who has published groundbreaking fiction and nonfiction including former inmate Cyntoia Brown-Long's NAACP Award–nominated memoir Free Cyntoia; Koa Beck’s critically lauded White Feminism; and Susan Abulhawa’s novel, Against The Loveless World, a finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. In 2020, she was named one of the top 100 most influential Latinas in the United States by Latino Leaders magazine.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket and Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Literature in Translation, Spirituality, History, Inspiration
Authors Include: Ryan O’Connell, Cleo Wade, Danny Trejo, Maria Hinojosa, Rob Kenner, Reyna Grande, Rachel Ricketts, Koa Beck, Preethaji, Krishnaji, Chiquis Rivera, Maitland Ward, JJ Bola
Kaitlin Olson acquires upmarket and commercial fiction in the mystery/suspense/crime, rom-com, and historical categories. Recent titles on her bestselling and acclaimed list include New York Times bestsellers The Spanish Love Deception (Goodreads Choice Award winner) and The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas and Icebreaker by Hannah Grace; Barnes & Noble Mystery/Thriller Picks The Family Plot by Megan Collins, Where the Truth Lies by Anna Bailey, and The Appeal by Janice Hallett (international bestseller and CWA award winner); the Lambda Literary Award-winning Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun, Edgar award-nominated The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs; and many other Book of the Month, Indie Next, and LibraryReads picks.
She is looking for breakout rom-coms with a heavy dose of humor; clever and original mysteries/suspense/crime novels; immersive, often glamorous historical fiction; and anything that blends the above genres. Above all, she loves a fresh hook, unusual structures, and stylish writing. She graduated from Stanford with a degree in Comparative Literature and worked at the Simon & Schuster and Touchstone imprints before joining Atria in 2019.
Authors Include: Elena Armas, Nicole Baart, Anna Bailey, Oliver Clements, Alison Cochrun, Megan Collins, Hannah Grace, Philippa Gregory, Janice Hallett, Nova Jacobs, Karen Kingsbury, Catherine McKenzie, Kayla Olson, Hannah Orenstein, Signe Pike, Cherie Priest, Hannah Richell, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Christine Simon, and Martha Waters
Amar’s recent and upcoming titles include Black Pill: My Strange Journey into the Darkest Corners of the Internet by Peabody, Polk, and Emmy Award-winner, Elle Reeve, The Life: Sex & Work in America by Whiting and J. Anthony Lukas Award-winner, May Jeong, and a memoir from three-time Academy Award winner, Sir Roger Deakins.
His New York Times bestselling titles include Mitch, Please!: How Mitch McConnell Sold Out Kentucky (and America, Too) by Matt Jones with Chris Tomlin, Unguarded by Scottie Pippen with Michael Arkush, Hold the Line by Michael Fanone and John Shiffman, Scars and Stripes by Tim Kennedy and Nick Palmisciano, Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and The Unmaking of America by Josie Riesman, Blowback by Miles Taylor, and Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks by Chris Herring, a selection on Barack Obama’s 2022 Summer Reading List.
Areas of Interest: Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Current Affairs, Sports, Music, Pop Culture, Film, History, Memoir, True Crime, Cultural Criticism
Authors Include: Chris Herring, Mansi Choksi, Matt Jones, Chris Tomlin, Mona Gable, Nathan Grayson, Ali Winston, Darwin BondGraham, Abraham Riesman, May Jeong, Michael Arkush, Gene Wojciechowski, Kirk Herbstreit, Scottie Pippen, Ruth Glenn, Michael Fanone, John Shiffman, Tim Kennedy, Nick Palmisciano, Ruth Glenn, Miles Taylor, Kurt Wagner, Clark Fredericks, Elle Reeve, Michael Kutcher, Larry Charles, and Sir Roger Deakins.
Loan Le is a Senior Editor at Atria Books. She began her publishing career at Gallery Books and Scout Press in 2014, then joined Atria in 2016. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fairfield University in 2014, where she later earned her MFA in fiction. Her titles include Carolyn Huynh's The Fortunes of Jaded Women, a GMA Book Club Pick; Jess Kidd’s The Night Ship and Sarah Langan’s Good Neighbors, both B&N Book Club Picks; and Shea Ernshaw's A History of Wild Places, a Book of the Month Pick. Loan is eager to acquire dark, character-driven, and atmospheric upmarket and “literary plus” fiction—literary fiction with propulsive genre elements like folklore, horror, speculative, mystery, suspense, and/or thriller. The eerier the story, the more likely she’ll like it! Loan loves genre-bending works; if a novel can be pitched as “Part X, Part Y, and Part Z,” then it’s probably meant for her. She acquires select uplifting multicultural family fiction. Loan is also the author of YA novels A Pho Love Story (2021) and Solving for the Unknown (2023). Follow Loan on Twitter and check out her expanded manuscript wish list on her website.
Areas of Interest: Family Secrets, Sisterhood, Murders, Trauma, Disappearances, Hauntings/Ghosts (literal and/or figurative!), Diverse Voices, Refugee and Immigrant Experience, Vietnam War, Clever Plot Twists, Unlikely Friendships
Authors Include: Sarah Langan, Shea Ernshaw, Jess Kidd, Emily Austin, Jennifer Fawcett, Carolyn Huynh, Adam Hamdy, Luke Dumas, Meredith Westgate, Mai Nguyen, Leigh McMullan Abramson, Kevin Chong, and Arianna Reiche
Melanie Iglesias is a Senior Editor at Atria Books. She joined the company in 2015 as part of the Simon & Schuster Associates Program, and has worked with debut, celebrity, and New York Times bestselling authors writing in English and Spanish across fiction and nonfiction genres. Melanie is passionate about championing underrepresented voices. Her titles include #1 New York Times bestseller It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover; national bestseller The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova (Book of the Month Club pick, B&N Speculative Fiction pick, Target Book Club pick); a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize longlist selection, The Boy with a Bird in His Chest by Emme Lund; a Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction finalist, GREEDY: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much by Jen Winston; NERD: Adventures in Fandom from This Universe to the Multiverse by award-winning critic at large for the New York Times Maya Phillips; and more. She loves stories that highlight the magical in the seemingly mundane or explore new perspectives of the “known” in extraordinary scenarios, and is drawn to multilayered, voicey characters and beautiful, immersive writing with a commercial hook; and narrative nonfiction centered on identity. She is also interested in book club fiction—conversation starters across the spectrum of lived experiences—with a soft spot for Puerto Rican or Latinx stories, found family narratives, and novels focused on identity and/or diaspora; inclusive romance that touches on deeper themes; and “late”-in-life or second coming-of-age novels. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and a master’s degree in publishing from NYU.
Areas of Interest: Contemporary, Upmarket or Quality Commercial Fiction, New Adult, Book Club Fiction, Literary, Grounded Speculative Fiction, Romance, Essays, Pop Culture
Authors Include: Colleen Hoover, Louisa Onome, Zoraida Córdova, Kim Neville, Jen Winston, Emme Lund, Maya Phillips, Ruth P. Watson, Nicole Arend
Natalie Hallak is a Senior Editor at Atria Books. Her first acquisition for the imprint, The Cloisters by Katy Hays, was a Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club selection, instant New York Times bestseller, and B&N Book Club Pick. Before joining the company in September 2021, she began her career at Park Row Books/HarperCollins, where she went on to publish The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner, a New York Times bestseller, B&N Discover Pick, Indie Next Pick, Book of the Month Club pick, and #1 LibraryReads selection. She also published The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim, a Reese’s Book Club selection, an instant New York Times bestseller, and Book of the Month Club pick. She has a passion for finding novels that appeal to the commercial and literary fiction readership across genres—historical, book club, upmarket women’s fiction and suspense/thrillers—as well as select memoirs. In particular, she is drawn to distinct voices, underrepresented perspectives, wildly entertaining plots, powerful relationships, subversive women/nonbinary leads, unpredictable twists, reach-for-the-tissue-box emotion, a healthy dose of humor and charm, and layered, ambitious storytelling. She especially loves mainstream novels with edge, stories that are wholly transportive and keep her up reading late into the night.
Jenny Xu is a Senior Editor at Atria Books. She began her career at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and was most recently an Editor at Harper and Ecco. Jenny acquires a broad range of literary and commercial nonfiction and the occasional poetry collection, with a particular focus on illuminating more overlooked aspects of history and culture, and work that balances the personal with broader narratives. Prior to Atria, she acquired and edited bestselling and award-winning titles including Rise: A Pop History of Asian America by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu and Phil Wang; You’re That Bitch by Bretman Rock, The Big Reveal by Sasha Velour, The High Desert by James Spooner, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On by Franny Choi, and Whiskey Tender by Deborah Taffa. She mentors through PoC in Publishing and Representation Matters.
Areas of Interest: Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Essays, Cultural Criticism, Illustrated/Graphic Nonfiction, Revisionist History, Humor, Pop Culture, Food Writing, Poetry, Marginalized and Underrepresented Communities
Authors Include: Lorelei Lee, Stephanie Krzywonos, Lenika Cruz, Tiana Clark, Elissa Washuta
Sean holds a B.A. in economics with high honors from Guilford College and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course. In his time atAtria he has supported the publications of New York Times bestselling authors including Fredrik Backman, Isabel Allende, Thomas Keneally, and Janet Evanovich, among others. Some of his authors include Jill Gutowitz (Girls Can Kiss Now, 2022), Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster (Seen and Unseen, 2022), Nick Fuller Googins (The Great Transition, 2023), Steve Cavanagh (Kill for Me, Kill for You, 2024) and Scott Howard-Cooper (Kingdom on Fire, 2024). He’s also worked on the bestselling novels This Tender Land and The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger and Exposure by Robert Bilott, which is the true story behind the film Dark Waters starring Mark Ruffalo.
Jade joined Atria in September 2020. Prior to assisting Lindsay Sagnette, Jade worked at Vice Media in the community and content strategy departments and William Morris Endeavor in their foreign rights literary department. She holds a BA in English and sociology as well as a pathway in entrepreneurship from Connecticut College. She is drawn to both fiction and nonfiction with quirky casts of characters, unlikeable narrators who win you over, and atmospheric writing styles.
Areas of Interest: Literary and Upmarket Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Pop Culture, Cultural Criticism
Authors Include: Harold Rogers, C. Michelle Lindley, Emily Austin
Elizabeth joined Atria in January 2022 and works with Natalie Hallak, Melanie Iglesias Pérez, and Loan Le on a range of bestselling book club, upmarket, and literary plus fiction. Elizabeth previously worked with Kaitlin Olson, Amar Deol, and Nick Ciani on suspense novels, rom-coms, memoirs, and narrative non-fiction. She began her publishing career as a Marketing and Publicity Assistant for two years at Profile Books in London, where she was commended for her campaign on Laura Dave’s bestselling The Last Thing He Told Me by the UK Book Marketing Society. Elizabeth grew up in Venezuela, holds a BA in political science from Vanderbilt University with minors in classical civilizations and corporate strategy, and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Elizabeth is eager to work on upmarket, book club, literary, and commercial fiction that is fun and escapist, while seamlessly layered with an emotional and intellectual depth. She is especially drawn to genre-bending novels featuring observant social commentary, poignant family dynamics, a propulsive plot, nuanced characters, and a touch of magic.
Areas of Interest: Contemporary Fiction, Upmarket Fiction, Alternative Fiction, Fantastical Fiction, Science Fiction, Imaginative Thrillers
Erica joined Atria in May 2022. Prior to Assisting Stephanie Hitchcock and Michelle Herrera Mulligan, Erica was a Sales Coordinator supporting SVP of Sales, Gary Urda in the daily running of his office. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Erica worked as a bookseller and manager at her local indie bookstore and interned at W. W. Norton. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, with minors in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. She is drawn to any fiction with sharp and devastating prose, distinct voices, and morally dubious characters, and leftist nonfiction with underrepresented perspectives on social and political issues.
Areas of Interest: Literary and Upmarket fiction, Essays and Cultural Criticism, Philosophy, Feminism, Urban Planning
Ife joined Atria in November 2022 after receiving a B.A. in Africana Studies and International and Public Affairs from Brown University. Ife now assists Kaitlin Olson and Jenny Xu. She is drawn to any writing with a sharp, witty voice, particularly within women’s fiction, memoirs, and rom-coms.
Hannah joined Atria in May 2023 and assists Nicholas Cianiand Amar Deol on a range of narrative-driven, bestselling non-fiction acquired for Atria Books, One Signal Publishers, and Black Privilege Publishing. Before coming to Atria, Hannah interned with W.W. Norton & Co, Soho Press, and The New England Review. She grew up in Charleston, SC, and holds a BA in Literary Studies with a minor in Luso-Hispanic Studies from Middlebury College. Hannah is passionate about working on narrative-driven non-fiction with strong voices, especially those that illuminate underrepresented voices and help us to reevaluate our perceptions of the world.
Areas of Interest: Narrative Nonfiction, Politics/Current Events, Memoir
EMILY BESTLER BOOKS
Emily attended Barnard College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in English, and received her MA in English from Columbia University. After attending New York University’s Publishing Program, she began her career at Macmillan Books and then moved to Random House where she became a Senior Editor. Emily was named Editorial Director of Pocket Books and became Executive Editorial Director at Atria/Pocket Books. In 2011, she founded Emily Bestler Books, where she is a Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief.
Areas of Interest: Commercial Fiction, Memoir, General Nonfiction
Authors Include: Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, John Connolly, Terry Hayes, Caroline Kepnes, Nicolle Wallace, Isaac Marion, Sister Souljah, Matthew Betley
Lara joined Emily Bestler Books in 2015. Prior to assisting Emily, she held an editorial position at Europa Editions, working on a wide range of critically acclaimed and bestselling novels in translation. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Lara is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and Seattle University, where she studied English and Italian.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket Mysteries, Thrillers, Psychological Suspense, and Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Literature in Translation, Memoirs
Authors Include: Lisa A. Nichols, Vanessa O’Brien, Melissa Croce, Ally Wilkes, TJ Alexander, Jaclyn Goldis, Amy Pease, Jackie Lau
one signal publishers
Julia Cheiffetz founded the One Signal imprint in 2018 with the goal of “discovering untold stories, elevating unique voices, and celebrating hidden figures.” Her recent books include the national bestseller Keep Moving by the award-winning poet Maggie Smith, Hoax by CNN anchor Brian Stelter, and Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster. Before joining Simon & Schuster, Julia was Executive Editor at HarperCollins where she published numerous New York Times bestsellers and award-winning books including Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik; Forward by soccer legend and activist Abby Wambach; Unbelievable by NBC Correspondent Katy Tur; Rabbit: A Memoir by Patricia William; an NAACP Image Award finalist, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas; Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, called “a richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice” by the prize’s committee. Julia spent the first six years of her publishing career at Random House. A longtime board member of the Lower Eastside Girls Club, Julia helped the organization grow from an after-school program in a church basement to a 30,000 square foot facility on Avenue D with a planetarium. Julia was also previously Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing where she hired and led a team of editors. Her personal essay recounting her experience working there helped lead to sweeping changes in the company’s parental leave policies for hundreds of thousands of its workers. She has been profiled in Fast Company magazine and Forbes. A native of Buffalo, New York, Julia lives in Brooklyn with her seven-year-old daughter and their rescue dog Sunny.
Areas of Interest: Narrative Nonfiction, History, Memoir, Business/Economics, Politics/CurrentEvents
Authors Include: Karen Abbott, Harold Bloom, Irin Carmon, Jason Fagone, Stanley Fish, Gilbert King, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Allan Lichtman, Cass R. Sunstein, Katy Tur, Jessica Valenti, Jose Antonio Vargas, Abby Wambach, Sam Wasson
Nicholas Ciani joined Atria in 2019, acquiring for the One Signal, Black Privilege Publishing, and Atria Books imprints. In the past, he has worked at The New Yorker, Macmillan, and at Vigliano Associates where he represented and helped develop projects in fiction and nonfiction.
His list includes social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory’s State of Emergency (“An urgent call for racial justice that demands attention, discussion, and action.” —Kirkus Reviews [starred review]); Kim Kelly’s Fight Like Hell, a history of the American labor movement; Kathleen McLaughlin’s Blood Money, an examination of the global market for blood plasma; 2021 Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Jena Friedman’s essay collection Not Funny; Afghanistan War veteran Miles Lagoze’s memoir Dead End; and Chris Palmer’s The Fresh Prince Project, a cultural history of the famed sitcom.
Nick was a 2020 Publishers Weekly Star Watch nominee. As an agent, he sold novelist Max Gross’s 2020 National Jewish Book Award winner The Lost Shtetl.
Areas of Interest: Narrative Nonfiction, Politics/Current Events, Pop Culture, Memoir
Authors Include: Kim Kelly, Tamika Mallory, Kathleen McLoughlin, Jena Friedman, Chris Palmer
Previously she worked at Basic Books and W.W. Norton on a range of nonfiction titles including Joanna Scutts's Hotbed, a group biography of "Heterodoxy," the secret feminist club started in 1912 in bohemian Greenwich Village; and Grace Lavery's Please Miss, an experimental memoir of her transition. Abby studied English, sociology, and film at Wake Forest University. She loves narrative nonfiction that brings untold stories to light in a creative way, books on pop culture, politics, feminism, and big ideas. Raised just outside of Philadelphia, Abby lives in Manhattan, but remains a loyal Phillies fan.
Lisa Sciambra was named Publicity Director in November 2020 and oversees the publicity campaigns for the Atria Publishing Group and all of its various imprints. She joined the Atria publicity department in 2009 and prior to that held positions in publicity with Grand Central Publishing and Touchstone Books, another imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has always enjoyed working on a wide variety of books, and has most recently worked with Sister Souljah, Maria Hinojosa, Cleo Wade, and Philippa Gregory, and has helped launch The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles.
David Brown has spearheaded the #1 New York Times bestselling campaigns of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Jack Carr and Jodi Picoult. Additionally, he has led publicity campaigns for William Kent Krueger, John Lescroart, Bill Cowher, Kirk Herbstreit and Scottie Pippen. In 2014 he helped launch the careers of Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim) and Caroline Kepnes (You, Hidden Bodies).
Joanna Pinsker has worked in book publicity for twenty years at many of the major publishing houses, including Random House, Basic Books, HarperCollins, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, with a focus on serious nonfiction, primarily history, politics, current events, narrative nonfiction, and biography. Some of the authors she has worked with over the years include JD Vance, Megyn Kelly, Michael Korda, Bill Bryson, Niall Ferguson, former senator Scott Brown, Liza Mundy, Douglas Brinkley, Harold Holzer, Ralph Nader, Margaret Drabble, George Will, Donna Brazile, and David Lehman. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, going to museums, watching the Yankees, and of course, reading!
Shida Carr began her publishing career with Touchstone working as a publicist across both fiction and nonfiction lists. She has had the pleasure of working with Charlamagne tha God, Harriet Lerner, R.L. Stine, Misty Copeland, Victoria Christopher Murray, Cary Elwes, Bethenny Frankel, Stan Lee, and Cecile Richards. With Atria Books she has published New York Times bestselling campaigns for Where Do I Begin? by Elvis Duran, The Marathon Don’t Stop by Rob Kenner, Trejo by Danny Trejo and Blowback by Miles Taylor as well as worked with authors Dolly Chugh, Tiago Forte, Gladys McGarey, MD, Koa Beck, and Chiquis Rivera. In addition, she is spearheading campaigns for Black Privilege Publishing titles including Shallow Waters by Anita Kopacz and State of Emergency by Tamika D. Mallory. She is passionate about advocating for great authors and finding exciting ways to promote their books.
Alison Hinchcliffe rejoined Atria in 2023 (after starting her career there in 2016), and handles publicity campaigns for a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles. She works with a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Julia Bartz (The Writing Retreat), Michelle Min Sterling (Camp Zero, which was also a Read with Jenna x Today Show Book Club pick), Lisa Jewell (None of This Is True), Jennifer Weiner (The Breakaway), and Janet Evanovich (Dirty Thirty). Alison previously worked at William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, where she spearheaded publicity campaigns for authors Brian Baumgartner & Ben Silverman (Welcome to Dunder Mifflin), Patricia Field (Pat in the City), Toya Wolfe (Last Summer on State Street), Kat Rosenfield (No One Will Miss Her),and Dwyane Wade (Dwyane), among others.
Gena Lanzi joined Atria in January 2020 focusing on literary, commercial, and debut fiction. She’s had the pleasure of handling publicity campaigns for Zoraida Córdova, Shea Ernshaw, John Connolly, Armando Lucas Correa, Reyna Grande and Jamie Ford (Read with Jenna x The Today Book Club and New York Times bestseller The Many Daughters of Afong Moy). With special focus on debut authors, Gena has helped to launch Mai Nguyen (Sunshine Nails), Meredith Westgate (Belletrist Pick The Shimmering State), Emily Austin (Everyone in this Room Will Someday Be Dead), Carolyn Huynh (GMA Book Club’s The Fortunes of Jaded Women) and Katy Hays (Read with Jenna x The Today Book Club and New York Times bestseller The Cloisters). Gena previously worked at William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. She is passionate about advocating for authors and books that add to the ongoing conversation of what it means to be human and how individual choices can affect the world at large.
Megan joined Atria in 2018 and spearheads campaigns for romance, rom-com, women’s fiction, and psychological suspense titles. She has the pleasure of working with New York Times bestselling authors Elena Armas and Hannah Grace, in addition to other romance authors such as Martha Waters, Alison Cochrun and Kayla Olson. On the mystery side, Megan handles campaigns for Nicole Baart, Megan Collins, and Jacqueline Bublitz. A huge dog lover, she also “pup”licizes Atria’s canine-focused titles, such as The Purest Bond, Piglet, and What I Lick Before Your Face. A graduate of Susquehanna University and the Columbia Publishing Course, she previously worked at Touchstone Books and interned at Overlook Press.
Falon Kirby joined the Atria Books team in January 2021 and has since had the pleasure of handling publicity campaigns for a range of fiction and nonfiction titles. Falon’s author list includes Marisa Meltzer, Akwaeke Emezi, Mary Laura Philpott, Christine Pride, Jo Piazza, Jena Friedman, Daniel Kraus, Paz Pardo, Laura Cathcart Robbins, and more. Falon loves to celebrate her authors and their work in a big way, and each campaign is tailored specifically to grasp the attention of national media outlets like Good Morning America and the GMA Book Club, TODAY, NPR, New York Times/New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple and more.
A graduate of Manhattanville College (BA: English/Creative Writing & History) and Pace University (MS: Publishing), Falon previously worked at Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Holly Rice-Baturin joined Atria in January 2023 with a passion for anything with a commercial twist: from breathtaking character-driven genre, to all-consuming literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her list includes the talented Helen Elaine Lee, Mona Gable, and Paul Rudnick. Prior to Atria, Holly was with William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, where she spearheaded publicity campaigns for #1 New York Times bestselling authors R.F. Kuang (Babel) and Tessa Bailey (Hook, Line, and Sinker), Susan Rigetti (Cover Story), and Katherine St. John (The Vicious Circle). She began her career at St. Martin’s Publishing Group and as a reviewer for Publishers Weekly. A fierce advocate for her authors, Holly delights in helping to shepherd fantastic books into the world.
Holly is also an alumna of The New School (MFA: Creative Writing, Fiction) and University of King’s College in Nova Scotia, Canada (BA: English & Creative Writing).
Debbie Norflus joined Atria as a Publicity Assistant in August 2022, where she supports Joanna Pinsker and Shida Carr on Atria’s nonfiction titles. Prior to joining the team, she interned for Emi Battaglia at Emi Battaglia Public Relations. She holds a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and is pursuing a Certificate in Book Publishing from Pace University.
Camila Araujo joined Atria as a Publicity Assistant in June 2022. Prior to supporting Lisa Sciambra and Alison Hinchcliffe on Atria’s fiction and nonfiction titles, she completed a publicity internship at Macmillan’s Minotaur Books imprint, and contributed writing to Simon & Schuster’s Off the Shelf. She holds a BA in Psychology and English Literature from Binghamton University, and a master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University.
Karlyn Hixson joined Atria Books in February 2021. She was previously at BookPal where she managed relationships among industry partners and authors, working to identify and increase sales opportunities and be a strategy partner for authors and publisher teams handling bulk and event orders. She also worked at St. Martin's Press on numerous marketing campaigns for a variety of authors including Kim Scott, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Augusten Burroughs, and Daisy Goodwin.
Morgan joined Atria Books in April 2022. She oversees all of Atria's social media accounts, spearheading growth across platforms including Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as consulting on campaigns for Atria titles. Morgan was previously at Random House, where she managed campaigns for authors such as Rachel Lindsay, Josie Silver, and Stephanie Foo. Morgan began her career in publishing at Avid Reader Press, where she was the voice of their social media and worked on titles including The Only Plane in the Sky, Group, Three Women, and Infinite Country. Before publishing, Morgan worked as an Associate at Jill Furman Productions, where she assisted in the producing of new plays and musicals. Morgan is also the content creator and bookworm behind the Instagram account @nycbookgirl.
Dayna joined Atria in June 2022 after 10 years of marketing for Broadway and non-profit theater in NYC. At Atria she plans and executes marketing campaigns for a variety of fiction and non-fiction authors including Colleen Hoover (ask her about pop up truck!), Fredrik Backman, Lisa Jewell, William Kent Krueger, Patti Callahan Henry, Maggie Smith and more! Personal favorite book genres include fantasy romance, science fiction, narrative non-fiction, and pop culture memoir.
Zakiya joined Atria Books in January 2023 after previously working at Scholastic and Tor Publishing Group. At Atria, she’s excited to work with a variety of different authors across non-fiction and fiction, including TJ Alexander, Martha Waters, Jennifer Weiner, Zakiya D. Harris, Rebecca Serle, and more! When she’s not reading for work, you can find her picking up anything with romance.
Maudee Genao joined Atria Books in November of 2019, where she plans and executes marketing campaigns for a range of fiction and nonfiction titles, most notably including Scottie Pippen’s Unguarded, Akwaeke Emezi’s You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty, and Jamie Ford’s highly anticipated The Many Daughters of Afong Moy. While she is dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices in literature—and can’t wait for you to read The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina and The Fortunes of Jaded Women!—you can safely assume she is also currently reading a thriller.
Jolena joined Atria Books in July 2022 after receiving a B.A in English Honors and a B.F.A. in Creative Writing at Stony Brook University. Previously, Jolena worked at Barnes & Noble, where she assisted in creating digital content for their TikTok and Instagram accounts. She enjoys reading narrative nonfiction, poetry, and stories that center marginalized voices.
Aleaha Reneé joined Atria Books in August 2023 after obtaining her M.S. in Publishing from Pace University. She graduated with her B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University in 2021, and reps her Spartan Alumni status with pride. Aleaha is a hopeless romantic who loves contemporary romance, fantasy, mystery, and inspirational nonfiction. In her free time, you can find her dancing with her headphones in or relating everyday experiences to New Girl episodes.
Paige Lytle joined the Atria team in 2016. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Journalism and attended the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. As the managing editor, Paige oversees the schedules for every Atria title from manuscript to finished book and is the primary liaison between editorial and production.
Shelby Pumphrey joined Atria in October 2021. She received a degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated from the Denver Publishing Institute in 2020. Shelby currently assists Paige Lytle with frontlist titles. In her free time, she can be found running Dungeons & Dragons games for her friends or thinking about Star Wars.
Lacee Burr received her degree in English and Anthropology with a minor in Classical Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She attended the Columbia Publishing Course and joined the Atria team shortly after in November of 2022. She currently assists Paige Lytle in managing Atria’s backlist titles. In her free time, Lacee enjoys reading fantasy books, baking, and forcing her friends to watch Shark Tank and Jeopardy!
James Iacobelli is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and has worked for HarperCollins and St. Martin's Press before joining Atria as Art Director.
Min Choi joined the adult art department as a Senior Designer in 2003. In her current role as Art Director, she is responsible for directing and designing covers for Atria Books, Howard Books, and Gallery/Pocket Books.
Throughout her career at Atria, she has created covers for acclaimed bestselling authors Karen Kingsbury, Douglas Kennedy, Roma Downey, Isaac Marion, and DeVon Franklin. Before her position here at Atria, Min was Senior Designer at Random House where she designed covers for bestselling authors Linda Howard, Louis Begley, Tracy Hogg, and J. R. R. Tolkien and for the acclaimed Star Wars book series and The Lord of the Rings book series. She holds a BFA in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts.
Nicole Bond joined Atria as the VP, Director of Subsidiary Rights in May 2019. She has worked in the rights departments of the Hachette Book Group and the Random House Publishing Group and has handled the rights for authors such as Thomas Harris, former admiral William McRaven, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Gwyneth Paltrow, and former senator Edward M. Kennedy. A graduate of Barnard College, she started her career as a literary scout with Maria B. Campbell Associates.
Sara Bowne joined Atria in November 2014. She works with Nicole Bond and concentrates on licensing domestic rights for all Atria titles. She holds a BA in English from CUNY Queens College and a certificate in book publishing from NYU SCPS.
Rebecca joined Simon & Schuster in November 2021. She is the Subsidiary Rights Assistant at Atria Books and Simon Element. Before supporting Nicole Bond, Rebecca worked a marketing internship with the independent publisher, Hannacroix Creek Books Inc., whose publications include a wide range YA and children’s illustrated books, and as a bookkeeper for Abrams Fensterman LLC. She holds a BA in creative writing from Adelphi University and a certificate in book publishing from the Columbia Publishing Course.