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Ella Kurki, Editorial Assistant

Ella Kurki (she/her) joined Dutton in February 2023, assisting John Parsley and Pilar Garcia-Brown. Previously, she worked at Penguin Michael Joseph in London. Ella holds a BA in English from King’s College London and received her master’s in Issues in Modern Culture from University College London. Her reading taste eludes definition, and she will fall…

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Emi Ikkanda, Executive Editor

Emi Ikkanda is an Executive Editor acquiring nonfiction and select fiction projects at Tiny Reparations Books, Dutton, and Plume at Penguin Random House. She previously worked at Seal Press at Hachette, Spiegel & Grau at Random House, and Henry Holt at Macmillan. She publishes a diverse list of award-winning, bestselling, and culturally relevant books. Over the years she…

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Charlotte Peters, Editorial Assistant

Charlotte Peters joined Dutton in May 2022. In fiction, she is interested in commercial, genre, and literary fiction, especially anything in unique, atmospheric settings that involve, gothic, fantastical, or magical elements, escapist rom-coms grounded by strong relationships and relatable women, and imaginative, character-driven fantasy and romantasy with a feminist bend. In nonfiction, Charlotte gravitates toward…

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Lisset Lanza, Editorial Assistant

Lisset Lanza joined Dutton in April 2022 as an editorial assistant. She previously reported on local news and politics and her published magazine work is focused on health and lifestyle content. Lisset hopes to acquire voice-driven literary and commercial fiction with a focus on cultural critique and family dynamics. She’s interested in themes of mysticism,…

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Grace Layer, Associate Editor

Grace Layer joined Dutton in January 2021, after working as an agent assistant at Empire Literary and as a freelance editor. On the nonfiction side, Grace is looking for smart narrative nonfiction by journalists or experts in their field, particularly in the areas of education, intersectional feminism, and true crime. On the fiction side, she’s…

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Cassidy Sachs, Editor

Cassidy Sachs joined Dutton in 2017 and has a list that’s all about empowerment. She is especially keen to acquire narrative disrupting nonfiction and books that flip the script in some way across the genres of journalism and history, as well as expert-led investigations written by trailblazing scholars. She is also seeking commercial fiction that…

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Pilar Garcia-Brown, Senior Editor

Pilar Garcia-Brown joined Dutton as a Senior Editor in September 2021. Previously, she worked at Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She concentrates on fiction in multiple categories, as well as the occasional narrative nonfiction. She’s interested in voice and character-driven fiction that upends expectation or plays with genre, and is especially drawn to novels that tackle urgent, contemporary…

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Lindsey Rose, Executive Editor

Lindsey Rose joined Dutton in January 2019 as an executive editor with a particular focus on upmarket and commercial fiction as well as thrillers, crime, and suspense. Recent and upcoming titles include Abi Daré’s powerful voice-driven Nigeria-set debut The Girl with the Louding Voice, which was a New York Times bestseller and a #ReadWithJenna Today Show book club…

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Brent Howard, Executive Editor

Brent Howard joined Dutton in March 2017, specializing in nonfiction with a focus on history, biography, military, politics and food. In a career spanning seventeen years, he has worked with a wide range of authors, including Martin Dugard, Alex Kershaw, Daniel Stone, John C. McManus, Luke Barr, William C. Davis, James Donovan, Josh Ireland, David…

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Maya Ziv, Executive Editor

Maya Ziv is an Executive Editor at Dutton, Penguin Random House, where she focuses on commercial and literary fiction and select narrative nonfiction. Her authors include New York Times bestselling authors Hank Green, Riley Sager, Adriana Trigiani, Karma Brown, and Erika Johansen, and some recent titles include The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes, The…

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