Atria Books

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Emily Bestler, Senior Vice President, Editor-in-Chief

Areas of Interest: Commerical Fiction, Memoir, General Nonfiction
Authors IncludeVince Flynn, Jodi Picoult, Brad Thor, John Connolly, Glenn Beck, Liza Marklund, Malla Nunn, Kristina Ohlsson, Nicolle Wallace, Isaac Marion, Julie Kramer, James Wesley, Rawles, Alex Adams, David Lyons, Mike DeSimone, Jeff Jenssen, Sister Souljah

Greer Hendricks, Vice President and Senior Editor

Areas of Interest: Quality Commercial Fiction and Nonfiction, including Memoirs, Parenting, and Health and Beauty
Authors Include: Jennifer Weiner, Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus, Sarah Pekkanen, Amy Hatvany, Randy Susan Meyers, Christina Schwarz, Susan Fales-Hill, Marlo Thomas, Jamie McGuire, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Johanna Castillo, Vice President, Executive Editor

Areas of Interest: Quality Commercial Fiction: Historical, Women, Thrillers, Literary, Inspirational Self-help, Narrative Nonfiction, Foreign Translations and Books for our International, Latino, and Spanish-language lines
Authors Include: Laura Esquivel, Laura Day, Jorge Posada, Daisy Martinez, Javier Sierra, Felix Palma, Maria Dueñas, Juan Gomez-Jurado, Peter Prange, Augusto Cury, Dr.Elisha Goldstein, Maria Celeste Arrarás, Daisy Fuetnes, Liz Balmaseda, Xu Xiaobin

Sarah Branham, Senior Editor

Areas of Interest: Commercial and Literary Fiction (including mystery/suspense, crime, and historical), Memoir
Authors Include: Rosie Alison, Nicole Baart, Catherine Chanter, Sally Christie, Paul Cleave, Shane Dawson, Sahar Delijani, Ronlyn Domingue, Posie Graeme-Evans, Ashley Hay, Ellen Hopkins, Lisa Jewell, Douglas Kennedy, William Kent Krueger, Janet Mock, Paddy O’Reilly, M.J. Rose, Miranda Sherry, Abigail Tarttelin, Charity Tillemann-Dick

Sarah Cantin, Senior Editor

Sarah Cantin works with Greer Hendricks and her own list of authors. 
Areas of Interest: 
Fiction: Quality Commerical, Literary, Historical; Psychological Suspense; Memoir; Travel; Narrative Nonfiction; Popular Culture

Todd Hunter, Editor

Areas of Interest: African American Fiction and Nonfiction, Commercial Mystery and Suspense, Sports, and Narrative Memoir
Authors include: Terrance Dean, Talib Kweli, R.G. Belsky, Rob Hill, Sr., Ben Jealous, Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn and Christelyn Karazin, Rashad Harrison, Marcus J. Guillory, Kim Brooks, Jeff Farley, Kermit Alexander, Kent Babb, Gary L. Heyward

Zane

Zane is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen titles. In addition to writing, Zane is the publisher of Strebor Books International, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. Under Strebor, Zane is responsible for acquiring dozens of titles per year and currently has more than seventy-five authors under her imprint, including the Honorable Judge Greg Mathis and New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree. In December 2005, Strebor Books became the first major publishing house to implement an independent sales representative program. In 2007, Zane launched two new lines of books and published a record sixty titles. In 2009, she launched another line of books called Strebor Quickiez.

Charmaine Parker

Charmaine R. Parker is a former newspaper journalist who worked as a reporter, copy editor, and managing editor. She is the publishing director for Strebor Books.

Paul Olsewski, Vice President and Director of Publicity

Paul Olsewski has truly worked on book campaigns from the far right to the far left, including books from Newt Gingrich, Margaret Thatcher, Senator John Edwards, Dolly Parton, and Boy George. Being a dog person, his favorite project remains My Life as a Dog, the memoir by Moose, aka Eddie from television's Fraiser.

David Brown, Deputy Director of Publicity

David Brown has spearheaded the #1 New York Times bestselling campaigns of Jodi Picoult, Vince Flynn, and Brad Thor. Additionally, he has led publicity campaigns for Apolo Ohno, Shirley MacLaine, Evander Holyfield, and Damon Wayans.

Lisa Sciambra, Deputy Director of Publicity

Lisa Sciambra joined Atria Books in October 2009 and enjoys coordinating publicity campaigns for the Atria cookbook line, including cookbooks from Rachael Ray, Buddy Valastro, Carla Hall, and the Rachael Ray Books imprint.  She also handles publicity for the bestselling FastDiet franchise, and books by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner and M.J. Rose.  

Yona Deshommes, Associate Director of Publicity

Yona Deshommes is responsible for coordinating publicity for Strebor Books (Atria's African-American literature line) and Infinite Words, a sub-imprint of Strebor Books. She is also the in-house publicity liaison for Cash Money Content. She has worked with a myriad of authors that include New York Times bestselling authors Common (One Day It'll All Make Sense), TD Jakes (Let It Go) Zane (Addicted), Wil Haygood (The Butler) and Janet Mock (Redefining Realness). Her current and upcoming projects include Brothas Be Like, Yo, George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kind of Hard on You? by George Clinton, Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, Welcome to My Breakdown by Benilde Little and I Am Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson.


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Ariele Fredman, Publicity Manager

Ariele joined Atria in 2010 and handles publicity for a wide range of genres. She has launched publicity campaigns for New York Times bestselling author Spencer Quinn, diet phenomenon Michael Mosley’s The FastDiet, legendary golfers Tom Watson and Sir Nick Faldo, and spearheaded Atria’s Indie author initiative with New York Times bestsellers Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines, and Colleen Hoover, for which she also planned a ten-city, seven day bus tour across the US. Ariele has also contributed to publicity campaigns for Shania Twain, Jodi Picoult, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Nina Garcia, Sir Roger Moore, and Portia de Rossi. Genres of interest include commercial & literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, how-to's, pop culture memoirs, and mystery.

Benjamin Lee, Vice President and Associate Publisher

Benjamin Lee oversees the marketing campaigns for Atria Books, Washington Square Press, Atria/Beyond Words, Strebor Books, Keywords Press, and Atria Español, and acts as a liaison between editorial and sales and editorial and marketing.

Hillary Tisman, Senior Marketing Manager

Hillary Tisman serves as a liaison between the Atria publisher's office and the bookselling community, and she coordinates marketing campaigns for individual titles and authors as well as multi-title promotions.

Darlene Delillo, Global Program Manager for The Secret

Darlene Delillo oversees domestic, international, and foreign publications of all the Secret titles, in all formats: The Secret, The Power, The Magic, Hero, The Secret Gratitude Book, and The Secret Daily Teachings, all by Rhonda Byrne; and The Secret to Teen Power, by Paul Harrington. She is also the Program Manager for Atria Distribution Client Cash Money Content

Kimberly Goldstein, Managing Editor

Kimberly Goldstein oversees the entire production process from manuscript to finished book for Atria Books, Emily Bestler Books, Washington Square Press, Atria/Beyond Words, and Strebor Books.

Albert Tang, Art Director

Albert Tang handles the design and art direction for the Atria list.

Lisa Keim, Vice President & Director, Subsidiary Rights

Lisa Keim oversees all international and domestic subsidiary rights for the Atria list.

Judith Curr, President and Publisher

As publisher and founder of Atria Books, Judith has ultimate responsibility for all the editorial, publishing, and marketing activities of the Atria imprint. Judith believes in creating books that are physically beautiful and that can help to shape the culture in positive, constructive ways. She was the guiding force behind the publishing of the international phenomenon The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (more than 16 million copies sold). Judith is an industry leader in adopting new technologies and developing innovative marketing strategies. She currently teaches a course at New York University called "From Writer to Reader: An Introduction to Book Publishing" (Spring semester). In just ten years, she has overseen Atria’s growth into a consistently successful and forward-thinking division within legendary publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster, Inc. A native of Australia, Judith has been an executive in American publishing since 1996. 

 

Peter Borland, Vice President and Editorial Director

Areas of Interest: Quality Commerical Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Popular Culture
Authors Include: 
 John Lescroart, Alan Light, Joseph Kanon, Shirley MacLaine, Spencer Quinn, Jill Bialosky, Portia de Rossi, Thomas Keneally, Lucinda Riley, James Gavin, Donald McCaig, Kunal Nayyar, Russell Brand, Joan Juliet Buck

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Megan Reid, Associate Editor

Megan works with Emily Bestler and her own list of authors.
Areas of Interest: Fiction (Literary, Women's, Historical, Mystery) Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction
Authors Include: Hannah McKinnon, Misty Copeland, Ariel S. Winter, Matthew J. Betley

Lee Anna Woodcock, Senior Online Marketing Coordinator

Lee Anna manages Atria's social media platforms and works with our authors on title-specific campaigns. She really wants you to follow @AtriaBooks on Twitter and Instagram and "like" us at Facebook.com/AtriaBooks and Facebook.com/AtriaIndieAuthors.

Kitt Reckord, Administrative Coordinator

Kitt works with Judith Curr. She manages the publisher’s schedule and acts as a go-between for all departments.

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Leslie Meredith, Vice President and Senior Editor

Areas of InterestPsychology and Science; Nature (animal, mineral, vegetable); Memoir and History; Narrative Nonfiction; Spirituality and Religion; Food/Cooking, Health, Nutrition
Authors Include: Michael Gross, Mark Nepo, Lawrence Krauss, Martin Seligman, Jean Twenge, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Buddy Valastro, Chloe Coscarelli, Carla Hall, Mark Obmascik, Stephen Mitchell, Lynne McTaggart.

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Donna Loffredo, Associate Editor

Donna Loffredo works with Leslie Meredith and her own list of authors.
Areas of Interest: Food and cooking, health and wellness, memoir, popular history, philosophy, psychology
Authors Include: Belle Gibson, Dina Cheney, Jennifer Carlson, Michael Gurian, J.M. Hirsch, Charlie Dougiello, Annabel Karmel, Denise Smart, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, Luiza De Souza

Daniella Wexler, Assistant Editor

Daniella Wexler works with Peter Borland and her own list of authors. 
Areas of Interest: Literary and upmarket fiction; Memoir; Narrative Nonfiction; Humor
Authors Include: Chloe Benjamin, Matt Gallagher, Stef Willen, Alan Gold, Joey Graceffa, Marva Allen

 

 

 

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Jackie Jou, Publishing Manager

Jackie manages multi-title promotions (including Atria Indies, Keywords Press, and cookbooks) as well as title-specific marketing campaigns. Genres of interest include literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, young adult, and cookbooks.

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Dawn Davis, Vice President and Publisher
In April 2013, Dawn Davis joined Simon & Schuster as the VP and Publisher of 37 INK, an imprint within the Atria Publishing Group. Her first book, The Butler: A Witness to History, was a New York Times bestseller. For twelve years, she had been at HarperCollins, directing the Amistad imprint. During her time at Amistad, she published numerous well-known, highly acclaimed bestselling authors, including Edward P. Jones, author of The Known World, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle, and the IMPAC Awards for Fiction; Steve Harvey, author of the #1 bestsellers Straight Talk, No Chaser and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which launched as a #1 box office film and talk show; Chris Gardner, whose life story was published as the memoir The Pursuit of Happyness and the inspiration for the popular motion picture starring Will Smith; and Attica Locke, author of Black Water Rising, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Edgar Award, and Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench.

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Tory Lowy, Publicity Assistant

Tory joined Atria Books in 2013 and handles publicity for a range of titles. She coordinated the publicity campaign for Taylor Jenkins Reid’s second novel, After I Do, while also focusing on campaigns for Atria Indie authors K.A. Tucker, Renée Carlino, and Leah Raeder.  Additionally, she has contributed to campaigns for Marlo Thomas, Theresa Caputo, and George Clinton. Genres of particular interest include literary and commercial fiction, memoir, and anything to do with pop culture.

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Alyson D'Amato,  Managing Editorial Assistant

Aly D'Amato works with Kimberly Goldstein and assists in the management of Atria's title list wile acting as a go-between for all departments. 

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Jhanteigh Kupihea, Senior Editor

Areas of Interest: Fiction (Upmarket Commercial, Women’s, Romance, and Psychological Suspense) and Pop Culture
Authors Include: Zane, Abbi Glines, Gail McHugh, Renee Carlino, Kendall Ryan, Karina Halle, Zoe “Zoella” Sugg, Action Movie Kid, Shay Carl Butler, Connor Franta, Elizabeth Lee

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Matthew Rossiter, Editorial Assistant
Matthew works with Emily Bestler.   

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Arielle Kane, Assistant Publishing Manager

Arielle Kane joined publisher’s office in 2013 and works with the sales, editorial, marketing, and publicity staff. In addition to coordinating internal publishing operations, she works on title-specific marketing campaigns.

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Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Editorial Assistant 

Karla works with Dawn Davis. 

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Anne Badman, Editorial Assistant 

Anne works with Sarah Branham and Jhanteigh Kupihea. 
 

 

 

Mirtha Peña, Senior Publicist

Mirtha joined Atria in October 2014 and handles nonfiction, as well as a wide variety of genres in fiction including fantasy, mystery, and historical. She is also responsible for coordinating publicity for all of our Spanish titles and has worked with New York Times bestselling author Maria Dueñas and award-winning journalist Maria Celeste Arraras.


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Andrea Hope Smith, Senior Publicist

Andrea joined Atria in June, 2014 and so far has handled publicity for a wide range of genres including fiction, science, lifestyle, cooking, parenting, and spirituality.  She previously worked at NBC News as the Senior Publishing Producer for the TODAY show for fifteen years. Before that she was an award-winning segment producer for the program.


Kathryn Santora, Publicist

Kathryn joined Atria in the fall of 2014 after four years in the publishing industry. She has worked on both fiction and nonfiction campaigns in the past and is excited to handle publicity for a wide range of Atria’s upcoming titles. Genres of interest include commercial and literary fiction, health and wellness, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. 


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Emily Bamford, Publicity Assistant

Emily joined Atria in June 2014 after graduating from NYU. She works with David Brown and Lisa Sciambra and helps with the publicity campaigns for Atria’s thrillers, cookbooks, and self-help titles, including those for Brad Thor, Pat LaFrieda, and Baptist de Pape. She also produces Live From the Dead Carpet, a video interview series with Atria’s mystery and thriller authors.


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