Overview

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.

Meet Riverhead

Geoffrey Kloske

President and Publisher

Geoffrey Kloske is the 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; Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl; 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, and Sue Grafton.

Jynne Dilling Martin

Vice President, Associate Publisher and Director of Publicity

Jynne Dilling Martin is the Vice President, 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 Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her, Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, 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, Peter Matthiessen, 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 The New York TimesGlamour, Food & Wine, Slate, NPR and The Antarctic Sun.

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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 currently edits are Khaled Hosseini, Meg Wolitzer, Chang-rae Lee, Lauren Groff, Paula Hawkins, Emma Straub, Maile Meloy, Brit Bennett, Tiphanie Yanique, Anton DiSclafani, Jean Kwok, Danielle Evans, Meghan O’Rourke, 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.

Calvert Morgan

Executive Editor

Calvert Morgan is an Executive Editor at Riverhead Books. His recent projects have included Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins, Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Small Backs of Children, Elizabeth Tallent’s Mendocino Fire, Lauren Redniss’s Radioactive, and Stanley Crouch’s Kansas City Lightning. He has also worked with Christopher Bollen, Blake Butler, Molly Crabapple, Rachel B. Glaser, Porochista Khakpour, Tom Piazza, Amber Tamblyn, Robin Wasserman, and Kate Zambreno.

A graduate of Yale University, Cal previously worked at St. Martin’s Press and HarperCollins. Curator of the fiction blog Fifty-Two Stories, he also edited the anthology Forty Stories. Cal is chair of the Center for Fiction, the only organization in the United States devoted exclusively to the art of fiction, and is co-producing a documentary on rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis.

Jake Morrissey

Executive Editor

Jake Morrissey, Executive Editor of Riverhead Books, publishes both fiction and non-fiction in the areas of narrative nonfiction, history, science, culture, religion/spirituality, humor, historical fiction, and thrillers. He has worked with a wide range of bestselling and award-winning authors, including Daniel H. Pink, Marlon James (who won the Man Booker Prize for A Brief History of Seven Killings), Anne Lamott, and James McBride (who won the National Book Award for The Good Lord Bird). Before joining Riverhead, he was an editor at Scribner and at Harmony. 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, Editor at Riverhead Books, acquires and edits a wide range of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and works in translation. She has published acclaimed books by authors including Katie Kitamura, Samanta Schweblin, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jillian Cantor, Noah Strycker, Thomas Pierce, Emma Rathbone, Garrard Conley, Daniel Alarcon, Etgar Keret, Álvaro Enrigue, and others.

Riverhead Newsroom

RiverheadWide
January 25, 2016

Riverhead Books has unveiled its new colophon and the imprint’s art director Helen Yentus takes us inside her creative process in the following Q & A. How would you describe the inspiration behind the creation of the new Riverhead colophon? My inspiration comes from our authors and the incredibly collaborative working culture we have here at Riverhead, while […]

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lafayette
October 21, 2015

High praise greeted Riverhead’s publication of Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States on Tuesday (10/20). Celebrated for her ability to tell a “story in the most fascinating way possible ” (Paste), Vowell adeptly balances equal parts “laugh-out-loud humor and her characteristic snark” (Washington Post) with “intensive research and historical insight” (Huffington Post). NPR.org […]

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national-book-award
October 14, 2015

The 2015 National Book Awards finalists were announced this week and two books published by the Penguin Publishing Group are in the running for prizes.  Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books) is on the Fiction shortlist. How to be Drawn by Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books) is a finalist in the Poetry category.  He won the National Book […]

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