Founded in 1994, 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.

Kate Stark

Vice President, Associate Publisher and Director of Marketing

Kate Stark is Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Viking Books and Riverhead Books. She joined Penguin in 2004 and has worked on numerous New York Times bestselling titles, including Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Dan H. Pink’s Drive, Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and more recently Steven Johnson’s How We Got To Now, Liane Moriarty’s The Husband Secret and Big Little Lies, Jan Karon’s Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, and Paula Hawkins’s Girl on the Train. Stark has developed marketing campaigns for Khaled Hosseini, Junot Diaz, Jon Ronson, Emma Straub, Meg Wolitzer, Sue Grafton, and John Sandford. Prior to joining Penguin she worked at HarperCollins.

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, Editor in Chief

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.

Jynne Dilling Martin

Associate Publisher and Director of Publicity

Jynne Dilling Martin is the Associate Publisher and Director of Publicity at Riverhead Books. She has spearheaded the publicity campaigns of dozens of award-winning, New York Times-bestselling books, including Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her, Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, Peter Matthiessen’s In Paradise, Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. Throughout her career she has worked with Norman Mailer, E.L. Doctorow,  Curtis Sittenfeld,  Charles Frazier, Gary Shteyngart, Sarah Waters, Mohsin Hamid, Lauren Groff, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and many other remarkable and bestselling authors.

Prior to coming to Riverhead in 2011, Ms. Martin was the Assistant Publicity Director at Random House. She also has worked at Simon & Schuster and St. Martin’s Press. An acclaimed poet, she is the author of We Mammals in Hospitable Times and has served as the Antarctica Artist in Residence. Her nonfiction has appeared in Glamour, Food & Wine, Slate, NPR and The Antarctic Sun.

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


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

September 30, 2015

The literary journal Kirkus Reviews has announced the finalists for its 2015 book prizes, and two Penguin Publishing Group authors and their books are in the running for awards: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) in the fiction category and The Deluge by Adam Tooze (Viking) in the nonfiction category.  The Kirkus Prize was founded by Kirkus Reviews […]

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The highly anticipated self-help book by Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic, which went on sale from Riverhead last week, debuts as a #1 New York Times bestseller (entering at #1 on the Advice, Hot-To and Miscellaneous list) as well as  #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. PeopleMagazine will feature Liz in their upcoming issue in an incredible spread about […]

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September 23, 2015

Elizabeth Gilbert’s highly anticipated new book Big Magic hit stories from Riverhead on Tuesday (9/22) and the wave of attention has been spectacular. CBS This Morning featured Liz on the day of publication, and then Nightline spoke with Liz about Big Magic, as well as her successful Magic Lessons podcast. Hours after publication, Big Magic reached the #1 spot […]

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