Founded in 1994 by Susan Petersen Kennedy, Riverhead Books is now well established as a publisher of bestselling literary fiction and quality nonfiction. Throughout its history, Riverhead has been dedicated to publishing extraordinary groundbreaking, unique writers. Riverhead’s books and authors have won or been finalists for Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, National Book Critic Circle Awards, MacArthur Genius Awards, Hurston Wright Legacy Awards, Dayton Literary Peace Prizes, and numerous other distinctions.

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Susan Petersen Kennedy

Susan Petersen Kennedy

President of Penguin Group (USA) LLC

Mrs. Susan Petersen Kennedy has been President of the Penguin Group (USA) since 2001. Prior to accepting her current role as President, Mrs. Kennedy was Chairman and Publisher of Viking Penguin and Publisher of Riverhead, following the Penguin Putnam merger in 1997.

Mrs. Kennedy originally joined the Putnam Berkley Group in 1994 to strengthen its nonfiction presence and to establish a new hardcover and trade paperback publishing house, Riverhead Books.

From 1982 to 1992, Mrs. Kennedy was Executive Vice President of Random House, Inc., and President of the Ballantine Publishing Group. Under her management, the division increased its gross revenue fivefold and quadrupled its profitability. Mrs. Kennedy handled Ballantine’s acquisition of Fawcett Books and House of Collectibles.

Mrs. Kennedy has been a past member of the Visiting Committee for Harvard University Press and a member of the Freedom to Publish Committee (an organization within the International Publishers Association set up to investigate censorship throughout the world). She has served as a board member of the Association of American Publishers and as a former chair of its paperback publishing division. She has also served as a member of the advisory board of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.

Susan Petersen Kennedy is a true servant to the written word . . . words, ideas, and stories. She loves her work: the problems, the people, the books. She has dedicated her life to writers, readers and the people who bring them together. A native of Nebraska, Mrs. Kennedy is a cum laude graduate of Vassar College. She also holds an M.F.A. from New York University.

Geoff Kloske

Geoffrey Kloske

Vice President and Publisher

Geoffrey Kloske is the Vice President and Publisher of Riverhead Books. In his editing and publishing career, he has worked with many award-winning, New York Times–bestselling authors, and his books have included Dave Eggers’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation, The Wordy Shipmates, and Unfamiliar Fishes; Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Volume 1; and David Sedaris’s Naked. In addition, he also worked with such authors as Shalom Auslander, Jon Ronson, Thomas Berger, James Carville, Howard Dean, Bernard Cooper, Ira Glass, Ed McBain, James McBride, and Nick Hornby, many of them also New York Times bestsellers.

Prior to coming to Riverhead Books, Mr. Kloske was Vice President and Executive Editor of the Adult Trade Group at Simon & Schuster. He has also worked at Little, Brown & Company and St. Martin’s Press.

Mr. Kloske has authored one children’s book, Once Upon a Time, the End, with illustrator Barry Blitt, which was published by Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books in October 2005. It received a National Parenting Publications Award and was acknowledged with an award from Publishers Weekly.

Rebecca Saletan

Vice President and Editorial Director

Rebecca Saletan is Vice President and Editorial Director of Riverhead Books. Over the course of three decades in publishing, Ms. Saletan has acquired and edited a range of award-winning and bestselling writers, including Mohsin Hamid, Junot Díaz, Masha Gessen, Peter Matthiessen, Philippe Petit, Claire Vaye Watkins, Hanna Rosin, Ivan Doig, Boris Johnson, and Diane McWhorter. She publishes literary fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and books on current events, the environment, food, travel, science, women’s issues, and diverse cultures.

Ms. Saletan began her career in publishing at Yale University Press, and she has also worked at Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, where she was editorial director of North Point Press. Prior to coming to Riverhead in 2009, she was Editor in Chief, then Publisher, of the Adult Trade Group at Harcourt and, subsequently, at the newly merged Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Sarah McGrath

Vice President and Executive Editor

Sarah McGrath is Vice President and Executive Editor of Riverhead Books, where she edits both literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Prior to coming to Riverhead in 2006, she was Senior Editor at Scribner.

Authors whose fiction Ms. McGrath has acquired and edited at Riverhead include New York Times bestsellers Khaled Hosseini, Meg Wolitzer, Chang-rae Lee, and Laura Moriarty; national bestsellers Jean Kwok, Anton DiSclafani, and Cathy Marie Buchanan; and award winners Maile Meloy, Danielle Evans, and Ramona Ausubel. Her nonfiction authors at Riverhead include New York Times and New Yorker writers Janny Scott, Margaret Talbot, Dana Goodyear, and Akash Kapur.

Jake Morrissey

Executive Editor

Jake Morrissey, Executive Editor of Riverhead Books, acquires and edits books in the areas of narrative nonfiction, science, history, culture, religion/spirituality, humor, historical fiction, and thrillers. He has worked with a wide range of bestselling and award-winning authors, including Anne Lamott, Daniel H. Pink, James McBride, Lewis Black, and Lizz Winstead. Before joining Riverhead, he was an editor at Scribner, where he edited work by authors as diverse as novelist Robert Hellenga and Sarah Ban Breathnach, and at Harmony, where he edited history, humor, and religion/spirituality. He is the author of an historical mystery, A Weekend at Blenheim, and the nonfiction history The Genius in the Design.

Laura Perciasepe


Laura Perciasepe is an Editor at Riverhead Books. She acquires and edits a wide range of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and works in translation. She has published acclaimed books by authors including Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jillian Cantor, Alberto Manguel, Jamil Ahmad, Noah Strycker, Thomas Pierce, Etgar Keret, John Safran, Carola Saavedra, and others. Originally from Baltimore, she now lives in Brooklyn.

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October 8, 2014

A Brief History of Seven Killings went on sale last week with huge media attention, beginning with Michiko Kakutani’s flat-out rave review in the New York Times, where she praised that A Brief History of Seven Killings is “epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly […]

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HowWeGottoNow 2

Major media coverage continues for Steven Johnson and his new book How We Got to Now: a slate of high-profile television appearances, including The Daily Show, CBS This Morning, and Morning Joe, with more to come. There has also been terrific review coverage: The Daily Beast says that “What makes this book such a mind-expanding read is Johnson’s ability to appreciate human advancement […]

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October 2, 2014

The National Book Foundation has announced its 9th annual “5 Under 35” honorees and three of the authors are published by Penguin Publishing Group imprints: Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Panic in a Suitcase (Riverhead) Alex Gilvarry, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant (Viking/Penguin) Phil Klay, Redeployment (Penguin Press) View the complete list of 2014 honorees here. This […]

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