Visiting International Publishers Biographies 2019

Ia Atterholm

Literary Agent – Ia Atterholm Literary Agency 


Main areas of interest:

·  Children's books

·  Young Adult fiction

·  Adult fiction

After 15 years’ experience as acquiring children's book editor and editor-in-chief for Egmont in Sweden, Ia Atterholm started her own rights agency in 2001 representing publishers and agencies into Scandinavia. She introduced Rick Riordan, Melina Marchetta and Dav Pilkey into Scandinavia and is honoured to represent many fantastic authors such as John Green, Neil Gaiman, Anne Tyler and Ursula Le Guin to name a few.

Over the years she has had the pleasure of representing several Australian publishers into Scandinavia. Shaun Tan, Morris Gleitzman, Kate Morton and Christos Tsiolkas are authors for whom she is proud of having facilitated Scandinavian publication.

Which books do you wish you had represented on their way to being published?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting; and anything by Charles Dickens.

Faye Bender

Literary Agent – The Book Group 

Brooklyn, USA

Main areas of interest:

·  Middle-grade fiction

·  Young Adult fiction

·  Adult fiction

Faye Bender is a founding partner of The Book Group LLC. She maintains a focus on strong collaborative working relationships with her authors, who have won numerous awards and honours including the Newbery Medal, the Indies Choice Book of the Year Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the International Latino Book Award, among others. Her clients’ books have been finalists for the National Book Award, #1 New York Times bestsellers, and New York Times Book Review Notable Books.

Faye worked at several agencies before she launched her eponymous agency in 2004, which she ran until forming The Book Group in 2015. She represents North American rights for Australian authors including Liane Moriarty, Dervla McTiernan and Chris Hammer. American authors she represents include New York Times bestsellers Rebecca Stead, Kristin Cashore, Mary Alice Monroe, Courtney Summers and Melissa Albert, along with luminaries like Helen Phillips, Natalie C. Anderson and Francisco Stork.

Which books do you wish you had represented on their way to being published?

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill; A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny; and The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes.

Jaya Bhattacharji Rose

International Publishing Consultant 

New Delhi, INDIA

Main areas of interest:

·  Award-winning literary fiction, narrative non-fiction, women’s writing, translations and children/YA literature/picture books

·  Business of publishing / technology/ emerging media and publishing

·  Cross pollination of cultures/growth of book markets via the business/curations of books/publishing/literature/literary events

Jaya Bhattacharji Rose is an international publishing consultant working with the publishing industry since the early 1990s. She has worked with literary magazines, independent presses, feminist presses, multi-national firms, and academic journals. She has written reports on the publishing industry in India for the Publisher’s Association UK, Canada Livre Books, and the ELT report for the British Council of India. Her blog has received more than 6.2 m visitors; some of the authors she has interviewed include Charlotte Wood, Markus Zusak, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Kamila Shamsie, Cornelia Funke, Namita Gokhale, Vivek Shanbhag, Eka Kurniawan, Michael Bhaskar, Daisy Rockwell, Chitra Bannerjee Divarkurni, Maha Khan Phillips, and Randa Abdel-Fattah. Her columns on the business of publishing include Bibliobibuli (Times of India online), and previously PubSpeak (BusinessWorld online) and Literati (The Hindu Literary Supplement).

She has also worked consistently in the field of children’s and young adult literature. During the 1990s, she guest edited special issues of The Book Review focusing on children’s and young adult literature. She began working in this space when it was not even recognised as a distinct genre with the potential to have a strong market space of its own. Over the years, she has continued to work in children’s literature with independent presses (Zubaan) as well as MNC publishing firms (Puffin and Scholastic) and e-reading platforms (Worldreader). Apart from editorial responsibilities, she has also explored business strategies for developing a children’s literature program while exploring the digital space. 

Her articles, interviews, comments and book reviews have also appeared in Frontline, The Book Review, DNA, Outlook, The Hoot, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Brunch, Scroll,, LOGOS, BusinessWorld, Housecalls, The Muse, Kitaabnama (Doordarshan), The Economic Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio, Radio France and The Independent.

Which books do you wish you had published?

This list will change every time I am asked: This School is Driving Me Crazy by Nat Hentoff, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, the Just William series by Richmal Crompton, Night of Happiness byTabish Khair, Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, To Be A Machine by Mark O’Connell, and anything by George Eliot, Joseph Conrad and Charles Dickens. 

Peter Blackstock

Senior Editor – Grove Atlantic 

New York, USA

Main areas of interest:

·  Literary fiction, and the occasional literary thriller

·  Serious non-fiction

·  Plays

·  Poetry

Originally from Somerset, England, Peter studied German and Russian at university, and lived for a year in Yaroslavl, Russia. After graduating, he started working in publishing in London as an assistant to a literary scout, working for eight foreign publishers and Film 4/Channel 4. He fell in love with an American, moved to New York and started working at Grove Atlantic as an editorial assistant in 2011. 

At Grove, he works on both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular focus on international writers. His authors include Viet Thanh Nguyen, Tom Stoppard, Eileen Myles, Jesse Eisenberg, Yan Lianke, Sayaka Murata, Charmaine Craig, Sandra Newman, and Akwaeke Emezi. He also handles Grove’s drama list, publishing new playwrights as well as working with estates including those of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. Australian authors Grove has published include Tim Flannery, Sarah Schmidt, Kate Grenville, Cate Kennedy, Joan London, and Richard Flanagan.

Peter has been a judge for the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants and the Gutekunst Prize, and has twice curated the Festival Neue Literatur in New York City, which showcases contemporary German writers. He lives in Queens.

Which books do you wish you had published?

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton; Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish; and anything by Franz Kafka.

Simon Boughton

Publishing Director – Norton Young Readers, W.W. Norton & Company

New York, USA

Main areas of interest:

·  Children's picture books

·  Children's & Young Adult fiction

·  Graphic novels

·  Narrative non-fiction, for all ages from preschool to teen

Simon Boughton joined W.W. Norton & Company in 2018 as Publishing Director of a new children’s and young adult publishing program, Norton Young Readers. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Publishing Director at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Simon held his first publishing job at London-based Kingfisher books, before moving to the United States in 1986 and working as an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and, subsequently, Crown Books for Young Readers.

In 1994 he was made Publishing Director of Alfred A. Knopf and Crown Books for Young Readers, where he published works including Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. He left Random House in 2000 to found Roaring Brook Press, where he acquired, edited, and published books including the Caldecott Medal winners, My Friend Rabbit and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Caldecott Honor books by Lane Smith, Printz Medal and Honor books by Marcus Sedgwick, National Book Award finalists by Steve Sheinkin, and many others. He oversaw the launch of the First Second graphic novel imprint and in 2009 was made Publishing Director of the newly created Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, where he continued as Publisher of the Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, First Second, and Roaring Brook Press imprints until leaving in 2017.

W.W. Norton is the largest independent, employee-owned publishing house in the United States. Norton’s Liveright imprint published the first Newbery Medal winner in 1921; however the company has not had a children’s publishing program until now. Norton Young Readers will publish a full range of books for young readers from 2019.

Which books do you wish you had published?

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak; 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental & Joelle Jolivet; The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

Joanna Cárdenas

Editor – Kokila, Penguin Random House US 

New York, USA

Main areas of interest:

·  Children’s picture books

·  Middle-grade fiction and non-fiction

·  Young Adult fiction and non-fiction

·  Graphic novels

In her time at Viking Children’s Books, Joanna Cárdenas edited such critically-acclaimed award-winning books as The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez; The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya; the Mabel Jones adventure series by Will Mabbitt, with illustrations by Ross Collins; and Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller.

She is excited to join the editorial team at Kokila, a new imprint of Penguin Random House launching in the northern summer of 2019 dedicated to centring stories from the margins. She is deeply committed to inclusive publishing and hiring, and she works with a number of US publishing organisations to affect change. She is on the steering committee for Latinx in Publishing, a non-profit organisation that promotes literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people. Joanna is also co-founder of the Representation Matters Mentor Program for aspiring editors of colour. In 2015, she was a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, a program ‘recognising exceptional, up-and-coming US book trade talent.’

Joanna started out her career in publishing at Writers House literary agency. She was also a bookseller in California for five happy years.

Which books do you wish you had published?

A Different Pond by Bao Phi with illustrations by Thi Bui; One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas; and School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, with illustrations by Christian Robinson. 

Li Kangqin

Acquisition Editor and Rights Manager – Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture 

Shanghai, CHINA

Main areas of interest:

·  Fiction: modern classics and high-quality new writing

·  Narrative non-fiction

·  Graphic books

Li joined Shanghai 99 Readers’ Culture at the beginning of 2015 after receiving her PhD in English and American Literature from the University of Leicester in the UK. She is looking to maintain, expand, and strengthen Shanghai 99’s list in the three genre areas listed above.

In the past four years, Li has acquired The Door by Magda Szabo; A Paixão segundo G.H. by Clarice Lispector; The Complete Short Stories by Muriel Spark; Between Them by Richard Ford; Boussole by Mathias Enard; Réparer les vivants by Maylis de Kerangal; Sur les chemins noirs by Sylvain Tesson; Vous n’aurez pas ma haine by Antoine Leiris; The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young; and Le goût d’Emma by Emmanuelle Maisonneuve, Kan Takahama, and Julia Pavlowitch; just to name a few.

Li also handles foreign rights for the Chinese writers that Shanghai 99 represents. She recently sold the French rights to Zhang Yueran’s The Cocoon to Editions Zulma.

Which books do you wish you had published?

Gut by Giulia Enders; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley by Grace Paley; and Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.

Job Lisman

Editorial Director – Prometheus Publishers 


Main areas of interest:

·  Literary fiction

·  Commercial fiction

·  Non-fiction               

After a short career in academic publishing at Brill Academic Publishers in Leiden, Netherlands, Job joined Prometheus Publishers in 1999, first as an editor, and then Editorial Director from 2003. Prometheus originally belonged to the (now extinct) PCM Media Group, but have been entirely independent since 2007.

On a daily basis Job edits both Dutch authors and International authors. He discovered Jonathan Franzen for the Netherlands; and made authors like Edward St Aubyn and Margaret Atwood some of the most prominent literary voices in his country. He has been editing writers such as Zadie Smith, Alan Hollinghurst, Sandro Veronesi, and Umberto Eco for many years. He convinced authors like Ali Smith and Jeffrey Eugenides to change publishers and join Prometheus, and is happy to say that those moves were successful. And in the non-fiction field he has acquired and edited authors such as Bob Woodward, Andrew Robers, Michael Wolff, and Carlo Rovelli.

As the Dutch publisher of Anne Frank, he is also responsible for the texts and new developments in the original Dutch language, which more than forty foreign publishers depend on. Over all, after more than nineteen years, he still loves his job and is still learning new things every day.

Which books do you wish you had published?

Normal People by Sally Rooney; Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark.

Pamela Malpas

Literary Agent – Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency 

New York, USA

Main areas of interest:

·  Award-winning literary fiction

·  General fiction

·  Narrative non-fiction (memoir, history, culture)

Originally from San Francisco, Pamela has been a New York-based agent for more than twenty years, beginning with Knox Burger Associates, working with commercial fiction in suspense and thrillers (Martin Cruz Smith, Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block); and later with Harold Ober Associates, one of America’s oldest literary agencies, working with legendary literary estates (J.D. Salinger, James M. Cain, Langston Hughes and others) and contemporary mystery, commercial, and Young Adult fiction (John Dunning, Sara Gruen, Tamora Pierce, etc). Formerly on the International Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (a membership association for US literary agents), she is currently co-chair of the association’s Copyright Committee.

In addition to her US authors, she works with British, Irish, and Australian agents and publishers, representing award-winning literary and general fiction (with a special interest in knotty moral conflicts), and narrative non-fiction (memoir, history, culture). The work she has represented is wide-ranging, including The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch (St. Martin’s Press); Alan Judd’s The Kaiser’s Last Kiss (Touchstone; filmed as ‘The Exception’ in 2017); The Complete Stories of James Purdy (W.W. Norton); and Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things (Europa).

Now with the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, her recent and forthcoming projects include the debut novel from award-winning Irish writer Billy O’Callaghan (The Dead House), a #metoo literary debut (The Bobcat byKatherine Forbes Riley), a sassy commercial historical novel (The Great Pretenders byLaura Kalpakian), a literary novel from ‘lab-lit’ pioneer Susan M. Gaines about science, family, and politics (Accidentals), and essays from bestselling nature writer/outdoorsman John Gierach.

Which books do you wish you had represented on their way to being published?

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; A Separation by Katie Kitamura; and The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson.

Stephen Morrow

Vice President – Dutton, Penguin Random House US 

New York, USA

Main areas of interest:

·  Narrative non-fiction, built on new ideas in the areas of science, memoir and investigative journalism.

Stephen Morrow joined Dutton as Executive Editor in 2006 and was made Vice President in 2017. His authors include Daniel J. Levitin, author of the influential international bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music, published in twenty languages; Brian Hare and Australian author Vanessa Woods whose The Genius of Dogs was a New York Times bestseller; theoretical physicist and Royal Society award-winning author Sean Carroll who attended the World Science Festival in Brisbane in 2016 and whose latest book, The Big Picture, was an instant New York Times bestseller; and science journalist Carl Zimmer whose work She Has Her Mother’s Laugh was hailed as a leading contender for the most outstanding nonfiction book of 2018 by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and ‘Best Science Book of 2018’ by The Guardian.

Stephen's upcoming titles include: Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil by (New Zealander) Hamish McKenzie; Burned: A True Story of Murder and the Crime that Wasn’t by Pulitzer prize-winning author Edward Humes; and The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life by National Geographic contributor and climber Mark Synnott.

Dutton has published international authors in both fiction and non-fiction including Ken Follett, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Olivia Kiernan, Alanna Mitchell, Tracy Chevalier, and Thomas Morris.

Which books do you wish you had published?

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande; H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald; and Killers of The Flower Moon by David Grann.

Julia Reuter

Editor – Carlsen Verlag 

Hamburg, GERMANY

Main areas of interest:

·  Contemporary Young Adult fiction, both commercial and literary

·  Commercial, high-quality middle-grade adventure series

·  Non-fiction for children and teens, on topics such as the environment, physical and mental well-being, and inspirational figures.

Julia Reuter studied International Cultural and Business Studies in Passau, Germany, and Stirling, Scotland. After graduating with an M.A. in British Studies from Humboldt University in Berlin, her first job was with Daniela Schlingmann, a literary scout in London, who gave her a great overview of the publishing industry. Since 2012, she has been an editor at Carlsen Verlag in Hamburg.

Her department publishes books for readers aged eight and upwards, including all-age fiction. Among Carlsen’s most prominent international authors are J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan and Philip Pullman. Carlsen publish a mix of literary fiction and more commercial writing. Julia herself tends to publish mostly Young Adult fiction, either fantasy (Marie Rutkoski, Erin Beaty, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner) or contemporary romance (Becky Albertalli, Melissa Keil and Jenn Bennett, among others). Recently she has also bought non-fiction titles for children and young adults, and she has been looking after J.K. Rowling’s titles for the past four years.

Which books do you wish you had published?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; and Holes by Louis Sachar.

Rebecca Servadio

Literary Scout – London Literary Scouting 

London, UK

Main areas of interest:

·  Literary fiction

·  Narrative non-fiction

·  Minority voices and Indigenous Australian writing

·  Adaptation of books to film, television, theatre and podcast

Rebecca Servadio leads the international agency London Literary Scouting, which scouts, reads, consults and recommends books. Rebecca is an avid and curious reader, and loves books, narrative and storytelling in all their plenitude and possibility. She is fascinated by the multitude of different ways to tell stories and translate them into different languages and mediums so that they are enjoyed, savoured and read more widely.

Rebecca started her professional life as a lawyer working in finance and translating on the side; she switched to publishing and literature and has never looked back. Her interest in people and how they express themselves has meant that her interest in building and telling stories that bridge and open human experience has flourished. Publishing (and particularly scouting), has proven an ever evolving, relevant, important and creative way to help books find publishers internationally as well as to adapt into other mediums e.g. film/TV/theatre/radio and podcast. Her agency scouts for twenty four publishers around the world, as well as BBC Film, the National Theatre and a portfolio of other media companies; looking for the best fiction and non-fiction to be published, in English and other major languages.

Which books do you wish you had represented on their way to being published?

The Death and The Penguin by Andrey Kurkov;The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich; If This Is a Manby Primo Levi; and Scary Old Sex by Arlene Heyman.

Susan Van Metre

Executive Editorial Director – Walker Books US, Walker Books International 

New York, USA

Main areas of interest:

·  Middle-grade fiction

·  Young Adult fiction

Susan Van Metre is the Executive Editorial Director of Walker Books, a new division of Walker Books International. Previously she was at Abrams Books, where she founded the Amulet imprint and edited El Deafo by Cece Bell, the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger, the Internet Girls series by Lauren Myracle, They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki, and The QuestioneersCollection by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts.

Susan is a nearly thirty-year veteran of children's book publishing with a specialisation in middle-grade and Young Adult fiction, and has worked with such authors as Katherine Rundell, Mariko Tamaki, Jeff Kinney, Aidan Chambers, Mac Barnett, and many more. In her position of publisher of Abrams Books, she bought in several titles from Australia, by Graeme Base, Maureen McCarthy, Bruce Whatley, and others. She is a great admirer of Australian fiction, and counts Jaclyn Moriarty and Margo Lanagan among her very favourite writers.

Susan is also an adjunct professor of the Writing MFA Program at the New School University and has taught Margo Lanagan's Black Juice in her workshops. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Pete Fornatale, and their daughter and Lab mix.

Which books do you wish you had published?

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (one of my favourite Young Adult novels ever!); Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I am very fond of angry girls); and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (the book that made me a reader and some of my favourite descriptive writing in any book, particularly of food.

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