Ibrahim Ahmad, Executive Editor

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Ibrahim Ahmad joined Viking as executive editor in 2021. He acquires an eclectic range of literary fiction and crime fiction, with a particular focus on incendiary, urgent voices that subvert and expand the existing literature; his nonfiction interests include current affairs, politics, memoir, and popular culture. As editorial director at Akashic Books, where he worked for two decades, Ahmad published a list that included extraordinary writers from around the world, including Maaza Mengiste, Chris Abani, Lee Child, Tayari Jones, Marlon James, Amiri Baraka, Jessica Hagedorn, Melvin Van Peebles, China Miéville, Kwame Dawes, Lydia Millet, Bernardine Evaristo, Bernice L. McFadden, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Adrian McKinty, Patricia Smith, Etgar Keret, Joyce Carol Oates, Ben Okri, Edwidge Danticat, Marc Ribot, Prodigy from Mobb Deep, Michael Imperioli, and Adam Mansbach.