Riverhead

Riverhead

Overview

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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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 Editor in Chief of Riverhead Books, where she acquires and edits a range of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Among the critically acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling authors she edits are Khaled Hosseini, Meg Wolitzer, Chang-rae Lee, Lauren Groff, Maile Meloy, Emma Straub, Tiphanie Yanique, Anton DiSclafani, Jean Kwok, Danielle Evans, Meghan O’Rourke, Janny Scott, Margaret Talbot, Dana Goodyear, and Helen Oyeyemi.

Ms. McGrath began her career in publishing at Knopf and spent seven years at Scribner, where she was Senior Editor, before coming to Riverhead in 2006.

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, Marlon James, James McBride, Jeffrey Kluger, 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 the historical mystery A Weekend at Blenheim and the nonfiction history The Genius in the Design.

Courtney Young

Executive Editor

Courtney Young, Executive Editor of Riverhead Books, specializes in entertaining and idea-driven nonfiction with a focus on natural and social science, business, technology, culture, and narrative journalism. Before joining Riverhead Books in December 2014, she was a technical writer and editor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a senior editor at Penguin’s Portfolio, Current, and Sentinel imprints, and a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Courtney has edited books by a number of bestselling authors, including Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik, Proof by Adam Rogers, All the Devils Are Here by Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean, Linchpin by Seth Godin, Win Forever by Pete Carroll, and the #1 New York Times bestseller What If? by xkcd.com founder Randall Munroe.

Laura Perciasepe

Editor

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, Alvaro Enrigue, Daniel Alarcon, and others. Originally from Baltimore, she now lives in Brooklyn.

Riverhead Newsroom

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May 6, 2015

HBO has optioned television rights to Marlon James’ award-winning Riverhead novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which will be made into a TV series. James will be adapting his novel for the small screen and working closely with screenwriter Eric Roth, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of such award-winning films as Forrest Gump, The Curious […]

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April 15, 2015

The Shortlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards were announced by the PEN American Center on Thursday.  Redeployment by Phil Klay (Penguin Press/Penguin) is a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson (Riverhead) is a finalist for PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  Congratulations to Phil, […]

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April 9, 2015

Ivan Doig, the award-winning author of sixteen books, died at his Seattle home in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 9, 2015, of multiple myeloma. During the eight years of his illness, he wrote his four final novels, including Last Bus to Wisdom, which will be published on August 18, 2015. He was seventy-five. […]

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