Atria, defined as “central living spaces open to the air and sky,” perfectly describes the mission of this innovative publisher. Founded in 2002, Atria was from the start intended to be an environment where new ideas could flourish, the best writers of fiction and nonfiction could thrive and connect with an ever-widening readership, and the best practices of traditional publishing could be integrated with cutting-edge developments in the digital world. In short, a place where great books could come to light.
In the sixteen years that have followed, the Atria Publishing Group has realized this vision with its creative and motivated staff acquiring, publishing, and marketing a list of successful and highly acclaimed books, many of them award-winners and bestsellers. At Atria, brand-name authors soar to new heights while the finest new voices—the bestsellers of tomorrow—are discovered and nurtured with an eye toward a limitless future. Among the many successful authors Atria is proud to publish are Isabel Allende, Fredrik Backman, Rhonda Byrne, Theresa Caputo, Shane Dawson, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills, Connor Franta, Kevin Hart, Colleen Hoover, Lisa Jewell, Joseph Kanon, Thomas Keneally, Karen Kingsbury, William Kent Krueger, John Lescroart, Shirley MacLaine, Ben Mezrich, Sy Montgomery, Kate Morton, Dr. Michael Mosley, Rosanna Pansino, Diane Setterfield, J. J. Smith, Marlo Thomas, Brad Thor, Alice Walker, Jennifer Weiner, and Zane.
The Atria Publishing Group publishes books for readers of all tastes and interests under these imprints: Atria Books, Atria Trade Paperbacks, Atria Books Español, Washington Square Press, Emily Bestler Books, Atria/Beyond Words, Howard Books, Strebor Books, 37 Ink, Keywords Press, and Enliven Books.
Senior Vice President, Publisher
Libby McGuire was named Senior Vice President, Publisher of the Atria Publishing Group in April 2018. In her role she has responsibility for all the editorial and publishing activities of the group’s various hardcover and trade paperback imprints.
Ms. McGuire began her publishing career in 1992 in various positions at HarperCollins, before becoming a national account manager at Simon & Schuster. She joined Random House in 2000, where she was eventually named Executive Vice President and Publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell. At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Ms. McGuire oversaw the publication annually of a list heavy with New York Times bestsellers, in fiction and nonfiction, from both new and established authors, and published the first Pulitzer Prize–winning book in Bantam’s history, TOMS RIVER by Dan Fagin. Notable and bestselling authors published under Ms. McGuire’s direction include Lee Child, Daniel Coyle, Rocco DiSpirito, Janet Evanovich, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Emily Giffin, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Kellerman, Dean Koontz, Debbie Macomber, Jodi Picoult, Leah Remini, Jenny Sanford and Danielle Steel. Ms. McGuire was also responsible for the group’s licensed publishing programs ranging from the “Star Wars” franchise to ESPN Books, and imprints including One World, Presidio Press and Del Rey.
Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Ms. McGuire was a literary agent at The Gernert Company.
Ms. McGuire is a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She is on the board of Women's Media Group, and lives in Manhattan with her family.
OUR EDITORIAL STAFF
PETER BORLAND, Vice President, Editor-in-Chief
Peter Borland, Vice President & Editor-in-Chief of Atria Books and Washington Square Press, joined Atria in 2004 after serving in various editorial capacities at Dutton and Ballantine. At Atria, he acquired A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller, as well as Mr. Backman’s subsequent bestselling novels, including My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, and Us Against You. Other novels he has edited include Stardust, Istanbul Passage, Leaving Berlin and Defectors, all by Joseph Kanon; The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally, and Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff by Sean Penn. His nonfiction books include My Love Story by Tina Turner, Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi, I’m Over All That by Shirley MacLaine, The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck, iGen by Jean Twenge, and History of a Suicide by Jill Bialosky. A graduate of Haverford College, he is also an Adjunct Instructor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies where he teaches the Introduction to Book Publishing class in the fall semester.
Areas of Interest: Literary and Commercial Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Authors Include: Fredrik Backman, Jill Bialosky, Joan Juliet Buck, Simon Garfield, Sara Gran, Caleb Harper, Joseph Kanon, Thomas Keneally, William Kent Krueger, Casey Legler, John Lescroart, Shirley MacLaine, Niklas Natt ach Dag, Sean Penn, Tina Turner
Sarah Pelz, Executive Editor
Sarah joined Atria in the spring of 2017. Throughout her career, she’s worked with numerous New York Times bestselling health, wellness, and lifestyle authors, including Dr. David Ludwig (Always Hungry?), Marla Heller (the DASH Diet series), Rip Esselstyn (The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet), Rocco DiSpirito (Cook Your Butt Off), JJ Virgin (The Virgin Diet), and Kimberly Snyder (the Beauty Detox series). Prior to Atria, she worked at Grand Central Life & Style, Harlequin Nonfiction, and McGraw-Hill. Sarah graduated from Dartmouth College where she majored in English & Creative Writing. She is looking for the next big trendsetters in the health and lifestyle categories, and she loves learning something new with every book she edits.
Areas of Interest: Health, Diet, Wellness, Self-help, Relationships, Parenting, Spirituality, Style, Inspiration, Memoir, Cooking
Authors Include: Dr. Michael Mosley, Mark Nepo, Suzy Amis Cameron, Karen Rinaldi, Kimberly Friedmutter
Rakesh Satyal, Senior Editor
Rakesh Satyal acquires a broad range of nonfiction with an emphasis on narrative-driven books, as well as general fiction and fiction in translation. Satyal began his career at Random House, then spent five years at HarperCollins. He acquired and edited the New York Times bestseller Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger and Tori Amos’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece. Satyal has been on the advisory committee for the annual PEN World Voices Festival and has taught in the publishing program at New York University.
Areas of Interest: Nonfiction, Celebrity, Memoir, Pop Culture, Digital Influencers, Emerging Trends, Literary Fiction, Literature in Translation
Authors Include: Michael Ausiello, John F. Baker Jr., Donald Bogle, James Campbell, Phil Collen, Common, Pino Corrias, Deborah Davis, Joey Graceffa, Marcia Gay Harden, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Michael Mosley, Kevin Powell, Joy Press, Jake Shears, Dana Stevens, William Skidelsky, Mikki Taylor
DANIELLA WEXLER, EDITOR
Daniella Wexler, Editor at Atria Books, joined the company in the fall of 2011 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. In her role at Atria, she acquires and edits literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Daniella is drawn to dark, offbeat stories, new ideas, distinct voices, memorable characters, humor and suspense.
Areas of Interest: Literary and Upmarket Fiction; Memoir; Narrative Nonfiction; Pop Culture; Humor
Authors Include: Jess Kidd, Chloe Benjamin, Matt Gallagher, Dana Czapnik, Gaby Dunn, Sofija Stefanovic, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Anuradha Bhagwati, Nicole Baart, Soraya Chemaly, Gabbie Hanna, Hanna Jameson, Dodie Clark, Armando Correa, Reyna Grande, Carola Lovering, Atticus
Haley Weaver, Assistant Editor
Haley Weaver graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with Honors in English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and, following editorial internships at The Feminist Press, Columbia University Press, and Overlook Press, joined Atria Books in Spring 2015. She works with Daniella Wexler on a range of fiction and narrative nonfiction titles. For her own list, she is looking for innovative and compelling stories representing a diverse array of experiences, including those of LGBTQ+, people of color, and diverse religious backgrounds. She loves sharp wit, dynamic plot structures, distinctive voices, and shocking twists.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket and Literary Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Mystery, Women’s Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction and Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Memoir
Loan Le, Assistant Editor
Loan Le is an assistant editor at Atria Books. She graduated with her B.A. in journalism from Fairfield University in 2014, where she later earned her M.F.A. in fiction writing. She runs Young to Publishing's writing group. She is drawn to fiction with misfit characters; dark, psychological atmospheres; and anything that might blend reality and the supernatural. Loan assists Rakesh Satyal.
Areas of Interest: Fiction - literary, historical, psychological thrillers, and upmarket women’s fiction. Nonfiction that focuses on the human behavior in an entertaining way.
Authors Include: Gwen Florio
MELANIE IGLESIAS PÉREZ, Assistant Editor
Melanie Iglesias joined Atria Books as an Editorial Assistant in 2016 after participating in Simon & Schuster’s Associate Program following a Summer Internship in 2015. Melanie has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and an MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from New York University’s School of Continuing Studies. She is also an occasional archer (recurve), champion of the 2015 Pottercon Trivia Contest (Team Hinkypunk Rockers), and fluent in Spanglish. Melanie is passionate about diverse voices, multilayered characters, and immersive worlds. She assists Sarah Pelz, Executive Editor, at Atria and works with Michael Braff, Senior Editor, on Skybound Books.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket, Quality Commercial, Speculative (Upmarket–Commercial Sci-Fi/Fantasy or Alternate History), and Women’s Fiction; Memoir, Popular Culture, and Narrative Nonfiction
Authors Include: Armando Lucas Correa (Spanish), Reyna Grande (Spanish), Félix J. Palma
Sean Delone, Editorial Assistant
Sean joined Atria in May of 2017 to assist Peter Borland. He holds a B.A. in economics with high honors from Guilford College and is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course (2016).
Areas of Interest: Fiction (Literary), Literary Mystery/Suspense, Narrative Nonfiction, Current Events
Emily Bestler Books
Emily Bestler, Senior Vice President, Editor-in-Chief
Emily attended Barnard College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and received her MA in English from Columbia University. After attending New York University’s Publishing Program, she began her career at Macmillan Books and then moved to Random House where she became a Senior Editor. Emily was named Editorial Director of Pocket Books and became Executive Editorial Director at Atria/Pocket Books. In 2011, she founded Emily Bestler Books, where she is a Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief.
Areas of Interest: Commercial Fiction, Memoir, General Nonfiction
Authors Include: Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, John Connolly, Terry Hayes, Caroline Kepnes, Nicolle Wallace, Isaac Marion, Sister Souljah, Matthew Betley
Lara Jones, Assistant Editor
Lara joined Emily Bestler Books in 2015. Prior to assisting Emily, she held an editorial position at Europa Editions, working on a wide range of critically acclaimed and bestselling novels in translation. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Lara is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and Seattle University, where she studied English and Italian.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket Mysteries, Thrillers, Psychological Suspense, and Women’s Fiction; Literary Fiction; Literature in Translation; and Memoirs.
Dawn Davis, Vice President and Publisher
In April 2013, Dawn Davis joined Simon & Schuster as the VP and Publisher of 37 INK, an imprint within the Atria Publishing Group. Since launching 37 INK, she has published the highly reviewed Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, the National Book Award finalist, Never Caught: The Washingtons Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, several New York Times bestsellers, including The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood, Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea by Jang Jin- Sung, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, whose show, Insecure, received award recognition in its first season, and I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart. For twelve years, she had been at HarperCollins, directing the Amistad imprint. During her time at Amistad, she published numerous well-known, highly acclaimed bestselling authors, including Edward P. Jones, author of The Known World, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle, and the IMPAC Awards for Fiction; Steve Harvey, author of the #1 bestsellers Straight Talk, No Chaser and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which launched as a #1 box office film and talk show; Chris Gardner, whose life story was published as the memoir The Pursuit of Happyness and the inspiration for the popular motion picture starring Will Smith; Attica Locke, author of the novel Black Water Rising, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Edgar Award, and Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench.
Areas of Interest: Fiction (Literary), Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, History
Chelcee Johns, Editorial Assistant
Chelcee Johns joined 37 Ink in the fall of 2017. She has previously worked as an Associate Agent at Serendipity Literary Agency, on the editorial team at Moguldom Media Group and as a freelance Editor. She is a graduate of NYU’s MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. She assists Dawn Davis with her projects.
Zhena Muzyka, Publisher-at-Large
Author of Life by the Cup: Inspiration for a Purpose-filled Life, award-winning wellness executive and media personality, Zhena joined forces with Atria to form Enliven in 2015. As the world’s first holistic publishing house for mission-driven authors, Enliven aims to increase readers’ wellness, vitality, and spiritual fulfillment through delivering books filled with fresh takes on ancient wisdom. Enliven Books cultivates emerging talent while uncovering powerful healing modalities to make our world happier and healthier. Located in Ojai and Los Angeles, California.
Areas of Interest: Inspirational, Self-Help, Motivational, Spirituality, Health & Wellness, Consciousness, Green Business, Environmental, Women’s Interest, Spiritual Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction
Authors Include: Lama Tsultrim Allione, Michaela Haas PhD., Maranda Pleasant, Jes MaHarry
Zane is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen titles. In addition to writing, Zane is the publisher of Strebor Books International, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. Under Strebor, Zane is responsible for acquiring dozens of titles per year and currently has more than seventy-five authors under her imprint, including the Honorable Judge Greg Mathis and New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree. In December 2005, Strebor Books became the first major publishing house to implement an independent sales representative program. In 2007, Zane launched two new lines of books and published a record sixty titles. In 2009, she launched another line of books called Strebor Quickiez.
Charmaine R. Parker is a former newspaper journalist who worked as a reporter, copy editor, and managing editor. She is the publishing director for Strebor Books.
Beth Adams, Executive Editor
Beth Adams acquires both fiction and nonfiction for the Christian and inspirational markets. Some of the bestsellers she’s worked on at Howard include Karen Kingsbury’s Love Story, Allison Pataki’s The Accidental Empress, and Life is Short by Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein. Before joining Howard Books in 2012, she worked at Random House and Guideposts. She graduated from Princeton University and has a master’s degree in English from New York University. She is the author or co-author of more than twenty-five novels under various pen names, which she will reveal for the right price.
Becky Nesbitt, Editor-At-Large
A publishing veteran, Becky acquires and edits both fiction and nonfiction for the inspirational and Christian markets. Recent New York Times bestsellers she’s edited for Howard include all titles by Karen Kingsbury, most currently Love Story and Baxter Family Christmas; Rise of Isis by Jay Sekulow; EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey; What’s So Funny? by Emmy Award-winning comedian, Tim Conway, and Called to Coach by legendary Florida State coach, Bobby Bowden. Over the course of her 25-year career she has also worked with bestselling authors such as Frank Peretti, Tosca Lee, Paul Young, Darryl and Tracy Strawberry, Francine Rivers, Joel C. Rosenberg, Jerry Jenkins, Dinesh D’Souza, Dee Henderson, Randy Alcorn, Joe Gibbs and many others. Before joining Howard Books in 2009, Becky spent 16 years at Tyndale House Publishers in Chicago where she held various editorial positions. She works remotely from her office in Nashville, TN.
Kristen O’Neal, Editorial Assistant
Kristen O’Neal graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English in 2015. She assists Beth Adams and Becky Nesbitt on faith-based fiction and nonfiction. She’s also a freelance writer, focusing on religion and culture.
David Brown, Deputy Director of Publicity
David Brown has spearheaded the #1 New York Times bestselling campaigns of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Jodi Picoult. Additionally, he has led publicity campaigns for John Lescroart, John Connolly, William Kent Krueger, and Ben Mezrich. In 2014 he helped launch the careers of Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim) and Caroline Kepnes (You, Hidden Bodies).
Lisa Sciambra, Deputy Director of Publicity
Lisa Sciambra joined Atria Books in October 2009 and enjoys coordinating publicity campaigns for a wide variety of books by bestselling authors including Rachael Ray, Jennifer Weiner, Kate Morton, Nicolle Wallace, Keywords Press author Joey Graceffa, and the #1 New York Times bestselling FastDiet franchise.
Yona Deshommes, Associate Director of Publicity
Yona Deshommes is responsible for coordinating publicity for Strebor Books (Atria's African-American literature line). She is also the in-house publicity liaison for Monamie Books, Atria’s newest imprint. She has worked with a myriad of authors that include New York Times bestselling authors Charlie Wilson (I Am Charlie Wilson), Issa Rae (Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) TD Jakes (Let It Go), Zane (Addicted), Dr. Tererai Trent (Awakened Woman) Common, (One Day It’ll All Make Sense) and Marc Lamont Hill (Nobody). Her current and upcoming projects include Black Girls Rock! by Beverly Bond, Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson Spires, I Can’t Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux, Everyday People by Jennifer Baker, The Answer: It Was In Me by Joan Morgan and Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker.
Ariele Fredman, Assistant Director of Publicity
Ariele joined Atria in 2010 and has launched New York Times bestselling publicity efforts for commercial, literary, mystery, and romantic fiction, as well as pop culture focused titles with Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar, writer and actress Issa Rae, and actor Russell Brand, among others. Some of her most notable authors include Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Ove, Beartown), Colleen Hoover (All Your Perfects, It Ends With Us), and Lisa Jewell (Then She Was Gone, I Found You). She also oversees publicity and tours for the Keywords Press imprint with digital talent such as New York Times bestsellers Shane Dawson and Connor Franta.
Milena Brown, Publicity Manager
Milena joined Atria Books in June 2017. She was previously at Penguin Random House where she managed publicity campaigns for a wide array of authors including Mike Tyson, comedian Phoebe Robinson, youtuber Mamrie Hart, music journalist Greil Marcus, pop culture writer Anne Helen Petersen and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Stephen Hunter.
Mirtha Peña, Senior Publicist
Mirtha joined Atria in October 2014 and handles nonfiction, as well as a wide variety of genres in fiction including fantasy, mystery, and historical. She is also responsible for coordinating publicity for all of our Spanish titles and has worked with New York Times bestselling author María Dueñas and award-winning journalist Maria Celeste Arrarás.
Stephanie Mendoza, Senior Publicist
Stephanie joined Atria in 2016 and handles the publicity for a variety of genres, including literary fiction and serious nonfiction. She enjoys building the profiles of debut authors such as Carola Lovering (Tell Me Lies) and Moriel Rothman-Zecher (Sadness Is A White Bird), further establishing the platforms of sophomore and house authors such as Amy Poeppel (Small Admissions, Limelight) and Jess Kidd (Himself, Mr. Flood’s Last Resort), and bringing to light conversation-shifting nonfiction like Soraya Chemaly’s forthcoming Rage Becomes Her.
Alison Hinchcliffe, Publicity Assistant
Alison joined Atria Books in October 2016. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College, and the Columbia Publishing Course.
Natalia Vargas-Caba, Publicity Assistant
Natalia Vargas-Caba is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she majored in Creative Writing and Spanish. She joined the Atria Books publicity team in August 2017.
Suzanne Donahue, Vice President and Associate Publisher
Suzanne Donahue oversees the marketing campaigns for Atria Books, Washington Square Press, Atria/Beyond Words, Strebor Books, Keywords Press, Enliven Books, and Atria Español, and acts as a liaison between editorial and sales and editorial and marketing.
Tasha Hilton, Senior Digital Marketing Manager
Tasha joined Atria in 2016 and oversees all social media campaigns. In addition, she works on marketing for titles like I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart, Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson and Darktown by Thomas Mullen.
Will Rhino, Marketing Manager
William Rhino rejoined Atria in April 2018. He manages campaigns for a wide range of fiction and nonfiction titles that includes authors Colleen Hoover, Joey Graceffa, William Kent Krueger, and Atticus. He was previously at St. Martin’s Press.
Bianca Salvant, MARKETING ASSOCIATE
Bianca is a graduate of Florida A&M University who joined Atria Books in October of 2016, following Greater Talent Network. She develops marketing campaigns for select hardcover, trade paperback originals and all Spanish original titles.
Michael Gorman, Publishing Assistant
Michael joined Atria in 2017 to assist Suzanne Donahue and the marketing department in their day-to-day operations. He holds a B.A. in English from Miami University and is a graduate of New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute.
Kitt Reckord-Mabicka, Administrative Coordinator
Kitt works with Libby McGuire. She manages the publisher’s schedule and acts as a go-between for all departments.
Kimberly Goldstein, DIRECTOR OF MANAGING EDITORIAL
Kimberly Goldstein oversees the entire production process from manuscript to finished book for Atria Books, Emily Bestler Books, Washington Square Press, Atria/Beyond Words, and Strebor Books.
Paige Lytle, Assistant Managing Editor
Paige Lytle joined Atria Books after attending New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. She assists Kimberly Goldstein in the management of Atria’s titles, helps oversee the production process, and acts as a go-between for all departments.
Lisa Keim, Vice President & Director, Subsidiary Rights
Lisa Keim oversees all international and domestic subsidiary rights for the Atria list.
Katelin Williamson, Subsidiary Rights Associate
Katelin joined Atria in 2016 after previously working in subsidiary rights at a literary agency. She works with Lisa Keim on foreign rights for Atria and Howard titles.
Sara Bowne, SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS ASSISTANT
Sara Bowne joined Atria in the fall of 2014. She works with Lisa Keim on domestic rights for Atria and Howard titles.