Current & Forthcoming Titles
RABIH ALAMEDDINE is the author of the novels I, the Divine (W.W. Norton), and The Hakawati (A.A. Knopf), which was an international bestseller, as well as Koolaids and The Perv (both Grove Atlantic). His novel An Unnecessary Woman (Grove) won the NCIBA Award 2014 and California Book Award 2014, and was a finalist for the National Book Award 2014, the PEN Open Book Award 2015, the NBCC Award (National Book Critics Circle Award), and longlisted for the IMPAC Award. It won the Prix Femina Etranger in 2016. His most recent novel, The Angel of History (Grove Atlantic) was long-listed for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Alameddine was a 2002 Guggenheim fellow. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.
HOWARD ANDERSON, after a brief stint at military school in Missouri, joined the army. He flew with a helicopter battalion in Vietnam until returning to the States, where he attended the University of New Mexico and received a degree in History and Anthropology. After traveling the country working a slew of odd-jobs, he got his law degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He began working as legal counsel for the New Mexico Organized Crime Commission before moving to Hollywood to try his hand at writing scripts: he split his time between both New Mexico and California and working as a lawyer and writing for many years. His novel, Albert of Adelaide, was published by Twelve Books in July 2012. Rights have been sold in Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK.
LILA AZAM ZANGANEH was born in Paris to Iranian parents. After studying literature and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, she moved to the United States to teach literature, cinema and Romance languages at Harvard University. She has published a range of literary essays and interviews for, among others, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Le Monde and La Repubblica. Her first book, The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, a combination of fiction and essay on Vladimir Nabokov, has been published in twelve languages. Her new novel, A Tale for Lovers & Madmen, is forthcoming. She is fluent in seven languages and is the recipient of the Roger Shattuck Award for Criticism.
Cynthia Bond (debut)
ANNE CARSON was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.
Pang Mei Chang
BILL CHENG was born and raised in Queens, New York. He received his B.A. in English from Baruch College in 2005, taking courses in their Sidney Harman Visiting Writer Program. In 2010, he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at Hunter College, studying fiction under Colum McCann, Peter Carey and Nathan Englander. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Cheng’s debut Southern Cross the Dog is an epic novel in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor in which irrepressible and dark forces – both natural and human – threaten to destroy the lives of three childhood friends who have survived the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. It was published in May 2013 by Ecco/Harper Collins, and was longlisted for PEN Open Book Award in 2014. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, 2015.
EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the novel-in-stories, The Dew Breaker. She is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2, and Best American Essays 2011. She has written six books for young adults and children, Anacaona, Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, and Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel. Her memoir , Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Her next book, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story will be published by Graywolf Press in July 2017. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.
JUNOT DÍAZ was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. He is the co-founder of the Voices of Our National Arts Foundation. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and a Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT.
NATHAN ENGLANDER is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Englander’s play, The Twenty-Seventh Man, premiered at The Public Theater in 2012. He also translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret’s Suddenly a Knock on the Door. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.
Jonathan Safran Foer
EMILY FRIDLUND grew up in Minnesota and currently lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of journals, including Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, FiveChapters, New Orleans Review, Sou’wester, New Delta Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Southwest Review. She holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. Fridlund’s first novel, History of Wolves (Atlantic Monthly Press), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, A New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of USA Today’s Notable Books, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a #1 Indie Next pick. The opening chapter was awarded the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Fiction. Her collection of stories, Catapult, won the Mary McCarthy Prize and will be published by Sarabande in 2017.
The Goggles (aka Paul Shoebridge and Mike Simons)
Smith Henderson (debut)
DENIS JOHNSON is the author of a story collection, Jesus’ Son, a novella, Train Dreams, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and several novels, including Tree of Smoke, which won the 2007 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Johnson’s plays have been produced in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Seattle, and he has published several collections of poetry. His new short story collection will be published by Random House in the spring of 2018.
Yaşar Kemal estate
LÊ THI DIEM THÚY is the author of The Gangster We Are All Looking For. She lives in Western Massachusetts.
VALERIA LUISELLI was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. She is the author of the award-winning novels The Story of My Teeth (2015) and Faces in the Crowd (2013), and the books of essays Sidewalks (2013) and Tell Me How It Ends (2017) – all published by Coffee House Press. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Granta, Harper’s and McSweeney’s. She lives in Harlem, NY. She is at work on her second novel, The Lost Children Archives (forthcoming Knopf 2018).
MICHAEL DAVID LUKAS is the author of the international bestselling novel The Oracle of Stamboul, which was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has been published in fifteen languages. His second novel, The Forty-third Name of God, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau in Spring 2018. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv. A graduate of Brown University, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Santa Maddalena Foundation, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and VQR. He lives in Oakland, California.
REBECCA MAKKAI is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the new collection Music for Wartime – six stories from which have appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently on the faculty of the MFA programs at Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. Her website is www.rebeccamakkai.com
BENJAMIN MARKOVITS grew up in London, Oxford, Texas and Berlin. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics. Since then he has taught high-school English, worked at a left-wing cultural magazine and published seven novels, including a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron (Imposture, A Quiet Adjustment and Childish Loves) and a series of linked stories about a New York private school (Fathers and Daughters). In 2013, Granta selected him to their Best of Young British Novelists list. You Don’t Have To Live Like This (about an experimental community in Detroit, including this scene in which the narrator plays basketball with Obama) won the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction in 2015. It was followed by Playing Days (Harper Collins, November 2016), a novel about Ben’s experience playing pro ball in Germany, against the likes of a very young Dirk Nowitzki.
NADIFA MOHAMED was born in Somalia and raised in the United Kingdom, she holds a degree from Oxford University in History and Politics. Her first novel, Black Mamba Boy (Harper Fiction UK & FSG US), was based on her father’s childhood experiences in East Africa and the Middle East, and won the Betty Trask Prize, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Prize, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, Dylan Thomas Prize, PEN Open Book Award and long listed for the Orange Prize. Her second novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls (S&S UK & FSG US), is set in Somalia during the Siyad Barre dictatorship, and has won a Somerset Maugham Award and the Prix Albert Bernard, and was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and long listed for a Dylan Thomas Award. Her novels have been translated into fourteen languages and in 2013 she was selected as one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, a once in a decade honor. Mohamed’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and many other publications.
BICH MINH NGUYEN, who also goes by Beth, is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin: the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and most recently the novel Pioneer Girl. Her work has been featured in numerous university and community reads programs around the country. Nguyen was born in Saigon and grew up in Michigan, where her family settled after leaving Viet Nam as refugees. She now lives in the Bay Area, where she teaches in and directs the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.
CHRIS OFFUTT is the author of the short-story collections Kentucky Straight and Out of the Woods, the novel The Good Brother and three memoirs The Same River Twice, No Heroes, and My Father, the Pornographer. His new novel, Country Dark, is forthcoming from Grove Press. His work is included in many anthologies and textbooks, including Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. He has written screenplays for Weeds, True Blood, and Treme, and has received fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim foundations. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi.
TOMMY ORANGE was born and raised in Oakland, California. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He currently lives in Angels Camp, California. His first novel, There There will be published by Alfred A. Knopf.
RAJESH PARAMESWARAN is the author of the short story collection I Am Executioner: Love Stories (Knopf 2012), a Washington Post best book of the year. The collection was named one of the “25 Great Short Story Collections from the 21st Century So Far” by The Scottish Book Trust, and stories from the collection have been included on lists such as Flavorwire’s “The Scariest Short Stories of All Time,” and “The Greatest Short Stories About Love.” Raj’s work has appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing; Fiction; Granta; McSweeney’s; and Zoetrope: All-Story; and has been recognized with a National Magazine Award, and fellowships from: the NEA; the New York Foundation for the Arts; the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University; the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers; the MacDowell Colony; the Ucross Foundation; the Santa Maddalena Foundation; the Dora Maar House; the Camargo Foundation; and Yaddo. In 2018, Raj will be the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig.
PATRICK RYAN is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts (long-listed for The Story Prize) and Send Me (a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize). He’s also the author of three novels for young adults: Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, One Story, Crazyhorse, Catapult, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published by Granta and is included in Tales of Two Cities and other anthologies. He’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a Smart Family Foundation Award for Fiction. He lives in New York City.
David Searcy (nonfiction, debut)
MATT SUMELL was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island, NY. He is the author of the critically acclaimed collection Making Nice, which he is currently adapting for Warner Brothers Television. A graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA Program in Writing, his short fiction and nonfiction have since appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, Electric Literature, Noon, McSweeney’s, One Story, Zyzzyva, LitHub, The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, and elsewhere. His website is www.mattsumell.com.
HANNAH TINTI’s short story collection Animal Crackers was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her bestselling novel The Good Thief won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, an American Library Association Alex Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also co-founder and executive editor of the award-winning literary magazine One Story. Hannah has taught creative writing at Columbia’s University’s Graduate Writing Program, New York University’s MFA Program and the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy, which she co-founded with Dani Shapiro, Michael Maren, and Antonio Sersale. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is a national bestseller and has been optioned for television by director Matt Reeves (The Batman), Endemol Shine, and Producer Michael Costigan (Brokeback Mountain).
Claire Vaye Watkins
COLSON WHITEHEAD is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel the Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. His other books include Zone One, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, and Sag Harbor. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers Award, he lives in New York City.
NAOMI J. WILLIAMS is the author of Landfalls, a novel about the 18th-century Lapérouse expedition. Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2015, Landfalls was a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Award and long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Naomi’s short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including One Story, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Southern Review, and American Short Fiction. A five-time Pushcart nominee and one-time winner, Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis. She lives in Northern California with her family and is working on a new novel tentatively titled Akiko in Paris.
Authors With Work in Progress
PITCHAYA SUDBANTHAD grew up in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the American South, and currently splits time between Brooklyn and Bangkok. He’s a Contributing Writer at The Morning News and has been named a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow in Fiction.