JUDITH CURR, PRESIDENT AND PUBLISHER
As publisher and founder of Atria Books, Judith has ultimate responsibility for all the editorial, publishing, and marketing activities of the Atria imprint. Judith believes in creating books that are physically beautiful and that can help to shape the culture in positive, constructive ways. She was the guiding force behind publishing the international phenomenon The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (more than sixteen million copies sold). Judith is an industry leader in adopting new technologies and developing innovative marketing strategies. She currently teaches a course at New York University called “From Writer to Reader: An Introduction to Book Publishing” (spring semester). In just ten years, she has overseen Atria’s growth into a consistently successful and forward-thinking division within legendary publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster, Inc. A native of Australia, Judith has been an executive in American publishing since 1996.
OUR EDITORIAL STAFF
PETER BORLAND, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief
Peter Borland is Editorial Director for Atria Books, Washington Square Press, and Keywords Press. Recent bestsellers he edited include A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon, and The Explorers Guild by Jon Baird, Kevin Costner, and Rick Ross. Before joining Atria Books in 2004, he held various editorial positions at Dutton and Ballantine Books/Random House. In 2015, he was named an International Publishing Fellow by Publishing Scotland and he is an Adjunct Instructor in Publishing at the NYU School of Professional Studies.
Areas of Interest: Literary and Commercial Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Memoir, Current Events
Authors Include: Fredrik Backman, Jill Bialosky, Joan Juliet Buck, Kevin Costner, Joseph Kanon, Thomas Keneally, William Kent Krueger, John Lescroart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Offutt, Spencer Quinn
JOHANNA V. CASTILLO, Vice President and Executive Editor
Before joining Atria Books in 2005, Johanna was a literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. She has brought a variety of critically acclaimed and bestselling authors to Atria’s list, including Isabel Allende, María Dueñas, Colleen Hoover, Pat LaFrieda, Sharyn McCrumb, Félix J. Palma, Rosanna Pansino, Rachael Ray, Armando Lucas Correa, and Laura Esquivel. Her areas of interest include literature in translation, women’s fiction, memoir, and cookbooks. An expert on the international and Latinx book market, she has been featured in the Miami Herald, Boston Globe Daily News, and Publishers Weekly, and was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women by People en Español in 2015. She serves on the board of Poets & Writers.
Areas of Interest: Quality Commercial and Literary Fiction, Inspirational Self-Help, Narrative Nonfiction, Latinx Fiction and Nonfiction, Literature in Translation.
Authors Include: Isabel Allende, Colleen Hoover, Rachael Ray, Rosanna Pansino, Elise Strachan, Reyna Grande, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Lene Kaaberbøl, Laura Day, Pat LaFrieda, Javier Sierra, María Dueñas, Jenni Rivera, Chiquis Rivera, Dr. Elisha Goldstein, Theresa Caputo, Emanuel Bergman.
SARAH CANTIN, SENIOR EDITOR
Sarah Cantin joined Atria Books as an Editorial Assistant in 2009. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her BA and MA. A New Englander by birth and a New Yorker by choice, she is also a runner and occasional yogi. She has a soft spot for old houses, family secrets, unconventional plot structures, unreliable narrators, and realistic dialogue.
Areas of Interest: Quality Commercial, Literary, Women’s and Historical Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Memoir, Travel, Narrative Nonfiction, Popular Culture
Authors Include: Jennifer Weiner, K.A. Tucker, Sarah Pekkanen, Amy Hatvany, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Lucinda Riley, Karin Tanabe, Liz Tuccillo, Leah Raeder, Victoria Kelly, Andrea Dunlop, Justine Ezarik
JHANTEIGH KUPIHEA, SENIOR EDITOR
Jhanteigh Kupihea, Senior Editor at Atria Books, joined the company in the Spring of 2013 after four years at Penguin. Some of her bestsellers at Atria include the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines, A Work in Progress by Connor Franta, and Girl Online and Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg. She is interested in commercial fiction, memoir, pop culture, and food. She also acquires young adult exclusively for Keywords Press. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
Areas of Interest: Fiction (Upmarket Commercial, Women’s, Romance, and Psychological Suspense), Pop Culture
Authors Include: Zane, Abbi Glines, Gail McHugh, Renee Carlino, Kendall Ryan, Karina Halle, Zoe “Zoella” Sugg, Action Movie Kid, Shay Carl Butler, Connor Franta, Elizabeth Lee
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
TODD HUNTER, EDITOR
Todd Hunter began his career at Atria Books in 2008. He graduated from Temple University with a BA in Journalism and has a MS in Publication Management from Drexel University. He is known for easy-going spirit and “gets it” most of the time. A native of the Washington, DC area, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Areas of Interest: African American Fiction and Nonfiction, Commercial Mystery and Suspense, Sports, Narrative Memoir
Authors Include: Terrance Dean, Talib Kweli, R.G. Belsky, Rob Hill, Sr., Ben Jealous, Rashad Harrison, Marcus J. Guillory, Kermit Alexander, Kent Babb, Gary L. Heyward, Corey Pegues, Jonathan Martin, Gerrick Kennedy, Walt Williams
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, Matt Gallagher, Gaby Dunn, Sofija Stefanovic, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Anuradha Bhagwati, Christine Carbo, Nicole Baart, Soraya Chemaly, Stef Willen
Haley Weaver, Editorial Assistant
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 Sarah Cantin on a range of fiction and narrative nonfiction titles, and with Zhena Muzyka on all Enliven titles.
Loan Le, Editorial Assistant
Loan Le assists Jhanteigh Kupihea and Rakesh Satyal. She joined Atria Books in April 2016 after two years with Gallery Books. She graduated from Fairfield University in 2014, where she is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction writing. She runs Young to Publishing's Writing group. She has a soft spot for misfit characters, dark humor, and spell-binding prose.
MELANIE IGLESIAS PÉREZ, EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Melanie is a graduate of NYU's MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. After a Summer Internship at Atria Books and participating in Simon & Schuster's Associate Program, she officially became part of Atria Books' editorial team in 2016. She works with Johanna V. Castillo on a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles in English and Spanish.
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, Editorial Assistant
Lara is a graduate of Seattle University and the Columbia Publishing Course. She assists Emily Bestler with her projects.
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 several New York Times bestsellers, including The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, whose show, Insecure, has already received award recognition in its first season, Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea by Jang Jin- Sung, and Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life by Michael Strahan. 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 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
Lindsay Newton, Assistant Editor
Lindsay Newton, Assistant Editor at 37 INK, joined Simon & Schuster Inc. in 2015. She spent two years in editorial at Sourcebooks, Inc. in Chicago focusing on a variety of nonfiction titles, including self-help and reference, as well as some literary fiction. In 2014, she moved to New York to begin working at Writers House Literary Agency, where she developed her passion for upmarket mystery and suspense. Lindsay is actively looking to build her list while also assisting Dawn Davis, Vice President and Publisher of 37 INK, with her projects. She is drawn to strong female protagonists, distinct voices, breakneck pacing, and smart upmarket suspense with a great hook. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Areas of Interest: Literary and Upmarket Fiction (including Mystery/Suspense and Historical), Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Humor
Zhena Muzyka, Publisher-at-Large, Enliven Books
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, Senior Editor
Beth Adams joined Howard Books in May of 2012. Before that, she was a senior editor at Guideposts Books, where she was in charge of the direct mail fiction program and acquired and edited for the trade publishing program, and at Random House. She graduated from Princeton and has a master’s degree in English from New York University. She is the author or co-author of fourteen novels. She works out of the main Simon & Schuster office in New York and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Philis Boultinghouse, Senior Editor
Philis has worked with Howard for more than 25 years, serving in various editorial and management roles. She has served as editor on several New York Times bestselling books, including all of the Duck Dynasty books, and books by Dr. Charles Stanley, TLC's the Duggar Family, and Pastor John Hagee. She has also worked as editor for authors such as Senator Joe Lieberman, Donald Miller, Brad Paisley, Dr. Henry Cloud, Chip Ingram, Andy Stanley, Point of Grace, Steve Brown, Tony Campolo, and many more. Even after 25 years, Philis loves bringing books to reality.
Paul Olsewski, Vice President and Director of Publicity
In his five years at Atria, Paul has coordinated bestselling campaigns for Joe Kanon, Portia de Rossi, Kevin Costner, Sophia Loren, and Isabel Allende to name a few. He was previously with HarperCollins and Regan Books where he truly worked on book campaigns from the far right to the far left, including titles from Newt Gingrich, Margaret Thatcher, Senator John Edwards, Dolly Parton, and Boy George. Being a dog person and the proud owner of a golden retriever, his favorite project remains My Life as a Dog, the memoir by Moose, aka Eddie from television's Fraiser.
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) and Infinite Words, a sub-imprint of Strebor Books. She is also the in-house publicity liaison for Enliven Books, Atria’s new age 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), and Janet Mock (Redefining Realness). Her current and upcoming projects include Nobody by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Birth of a Nation by Nate Parker, How We Love is How We Live by Academy Award winning song writer/actor Common, and Around the Way Girl by Academy Award nominated actress, Taraji P. Henson.
Ariele Fredman, Assistant Directory 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, comedian Issa Rae, and actor Russell Brand, among others. She oversees publicity and tours for the Keywords Press imprint with digital talent such as Shane Dawson and Connor Franta, as well as spearheading Atria’s New Adult/Contemporary Romance initiative with #1 New York Times bestsellers Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, and Jamie McGuire.
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, Publicist
Stephanie joined Atria in June 2016 and handles a variety of titles. She was previously with Ecco / HarperCollins, where she primarily worked on literary fiction and serious nonfiction. She received her MA in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College.
Tory Lowy, Publicist
Tory joined Atria in 2013 and handles publicity for a range of titles. She has coordinated publicity campaigns for Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novels, including One True Loves, while also focusing on titles by Atria Indie authors K.A. Tucker, Elliot Wake, and Renée Carlino. Additionally, she has contributed to campaigns for Kevin Costner, Sophia Loren, Joseph Kanon, Isabel Allende, and George Clinton. Genres of interest include literary and commercial fiction, memoir, and absolutely anything pop culture.
Rachel Brenner, Publicity Assistant
Rachel joined Atria Books in March 2016. She is a graduate of Smith College, and the Columbia Publishing Course.
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.
Jackie Jou, Senior Marketing Manager
Jackie Jou joined Atria Books in 2012. She oversees marketing for the Keywords Press imprint and titles including New York Times bestselling authors Zoe Sugg, Shane Dawson, Joey Graceffa, and Connor Franta. She handles integrated marketing campaigns for nonfiction (pop culture, memoir, science, and cookbooks) titles including New York Times bestselling authors Sy Montgomery, Michael Strahan, Issa Rae, and Rosanna Pansino, as well as the Atria Indies New Adult romance brand. Follow her on Keywords Press (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and Atria Indies (Facebook and Twitter) social media channels.
Kitt Reckord-Mabicka, Administrative Coordinator
Kitt works with Judith Curr. 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.
Luq Hamaki, Managing Editorial Assistant
Luqman Hamaki assists Kimberly Goldstein in monitoring and updating title information in the database. He also works closely with Howard Books in their production process.
art and design
Albert Tang, Art Director
Albert Tang handles the design and art direction for the Atria list. He joined the imprint late 2014, and has previously worked at Penguin Books, and at W. W. Norton & Company. He was the art director for the Norton Trade Paperback list, as well as the art director for the Liveright Publishing list.
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.