John Siciliano, Executive Editor, Penguin Classics, Penguin Books, Penguin Life, and Viking


John Siciliano (he/him) is an executive editor acquiring for Penguin Classics, Penguin Books, Penguin Life, and Viking. He has brought to the Penguin Classics list many new titles from around the world―in translations from Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Swedish, Russian, Turkish, Persian, and Arabic—as well as new editions of American classics by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rudolfo Anaya, and Julia Alvarez, including a New York Times bestselling edition of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. He published Lydia Davis’s award-winning, nationally bestselling translation of Madame Bovary and conceived of the Penguin Christmas Classics, Penguin Galaxy, and a series of African American classics and Asian American classics. Among the writers he has commissioned introductory essays from are Neil Gaiman, Ibram X. Kendi, Rupi Kaur, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Maxine Hong Kingston. For Penguin Books, Penguin Life, and Viking, his list includes one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2018, The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani; the New York Times bestseller The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker; the Man Booker International Prize finalist Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi; and the multimillion-copy international bestsellers The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim and Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. He has participated in editorial fellowships in Jerusalem, Istanbul, Sofia, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Salzburg, Oslo, Helsinki, Krakow, Sharjah, Tokyo, and Taipei.