Monday, November 17, 2014

Courtney Young, Executive Editor at Riverhead

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Riverhead Books is thrilled to announce that Courtney Young is joining the editorial staff of Riverhead Books with the role of Executive Editor.


Young says of her move to Riverhead “I’ve always admired Riverhead's distinctive books and the enthusiasm and intelligence with which they publish them. I’m looking forward to joining this amazing team and building a list of scientists, journalists, and thinkers whose writing changes the way we understand the world.” She has edited and acquired books by many bestselling authors, including Randall Munroe (#1 New York Times bestseller What If?), Mark Miodownik (Stuff Matters), Adam Rogers (Proof), Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean (All the Devils Are Here), Seth Godin (Linchpin, Tribes), Ian Bremmer (The End of the Free Market), James Rickards (Currency Wars), and Pete Carroll (Win Forever), among others.


Prior to coming to Riverhead, Young was senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and also worked at Penguin's Portfolio, Current, and Sentinel imprints. Before working in publishing, she was a technical writer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Riverhead Publisher Geoff Kloske said “It’s a pleasure to welcome Courtney back to the Penguin family, and her exceptional taste and instinct for smart, unexpected and thought-provoking nonfiction is a perfect fit for the Riverhead list.” Young will begin her new role in December.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The New York Times calls A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James a "monumental new novel"

"It’s like a Tarantino remake of “The Harder They Come” but with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja. It’s epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex. It’s also raw, dense, violent, scalding, darkly comic, exhilarating and exhausting — a testament to Mr. James’s vaulting ambition and prodigious talent." Read the full review here.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The New York Times profiles Jess Row and his book, Your Face in Mine

"In the weak light of a February afternoon, Kelly Thorndike has a strange chance encounter in a Baltimore parking lot with Martin Lipkin, an old friend from high school. But time has brought a big change. The Martin that Kelly knew was white. The man standing before him is black.

Their meeting sets the stage for Your Face in Mine, Jess Row's debut novel... joining a long tradition of fiction about racial guises." Read more.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sarah Waters and her novel The Paying Guests featured in the New York Times

"It’s that shift, that moment of modernity,” Ms. Waters said. “The impact of the First World War was to shake things up enormously, loosening up old mores, fashions and behaviors. The early ’20s were like the waist of an hourglass. Lots of things were hurtling toward it and squeezing through it and then hurtling out the other side.” Check out the full piece here.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Emma Straub's THE VACATIONERS in the Washington Post

"In these pages — so funny, so wise and, yes, even so sweet — she’s created the best feel-good story of the summer.” Read more.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Washington Post raves about Yelena Akhtiorskaya's "genius" PANIC IN A SUITCASE

Ron Charles writes: "This 28-year-old writer from Odessa subordinates the violence of nations for a moment and offers the balm of laughter… Equal parts borscht stew and Borscht belt … this is the great immigrant story drained of its inspirational hype. … One wonders if Akhtiorskaya hasn’t descended from some unacknowledged Russian branch of Kingsley Amis’s family...Genius." Read the full review here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Jynne Martin, Riverhead Publicity Director and Associate Publisher

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Riverhead Books is thrilled to announce that Publicity Director Jynne Dilling Martin will join Kate Stark and Catharine Lynch in the additional role of Associate Publisher, Riverhead Books. Ms. Martin joined Riverhead in 2011. She quickly fulfilled – and surpassed – the reputation she had already established for her passion, smarts, and originality in creating innovative, electric, no-stone-unturned campaigns for many of Riverhead’s national bestsellers, including Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her, Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, Masha Gessen’s The Man Without a Face, Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, and Peter Matthiessen’s In Paradise. Her determination and personal zeal have helped to propel the careers of established writers to new heights, and elevated the profiles of a number of emerging writers, such as Helen Oyeyemi, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Claire Vaye Watkins and Marlon James.


This new title recognizes the role she has taken on beyond being an exemplary publicity director in all of these ways. Working closely with Kate Stark and Geoffrey Kloske, Ms. Martin has been equally tireless and resourceful in helping to discover emerging platforms, new media forms, and new partnerships --  and in the process, she has been instrumental in making Riverhead’s publicity and marketing apparatus the envy of the industry, and in highlighting Riverhead itself as a highly regarded and much-sought-after home for exceptional, important authors and books.


Prior to Riverhead, Ms. Martin was the Associate Director of Publicity at the Random House Publishing Group, and has also worked at Simon & Schuster and St. Martin’s Press. 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vanity Fair raves about YOUR FACE IN MINE

“Jess Row sees the future in Your Face in Mine," says Elissa Schappel in Vanity Fair's August "Hot Type" column. She calls it "a provocative and exhilaratingly bold examination of race in America."

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Jamil Ahmad, author of The Wandering Falcon

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Jamil Ahmad, author of The Wandering Falcon, died this morning at his home in Islamabad after a long illness. He was 83 years old.


Ahmad’s debut fiction, The Wandering Falcon, was published when he was 79 years old to enormous international acclaim, and was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2011.  An instant international literary sensation, The Financial Times called the novel “fantastic,” The Guardian dubbed it “striking,” and according to The New York Times, “Mr. Ahmad’s deep understanding of his characters shows what a powerful truth teller fiction can be.” Steve Inskeep for NPR said The Wandering Falcon “illuminates one of the most perilous regions of the world….The early chapters are reminiscent of masterpieces like Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian…all the way through, the characters, the tales, and the landscape are rendered with clarity, sympathy, and insight.”


Ahmad’s novel initially came to global attention when its first chapter was excerpted in the Fall 2010 “Pakistan” issue of Granta magazine. At the time, The Independent (UK) wrote: “If Granta’s India edition brought to light the brilliant young writer, Arundhati Roy, who won the Booker Prize later that year, this collection’s equivalent gem of a find is the older but nonetheless astonishing talent of the hitherto unpublished 79-year-old civil servant, Jamil Ahmad.”


Ahmad, a retired political officer of the Pakistani government, served for two decades among the nomadic tribes who inhabit one of the world’s harshest and most geopolitically sensitive regions. With his mesmerizing and lyrical tales, Ahmad illuminated the tribes’ fascinating attitudes and taboos, their ancient customs and traditions, and their fiercely held codes of honor.


More on the passing of Jamil Ahmad can be read here and you can listen to an interview with Jamil Ahmad on NPR here.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sarah McGrath, Editor-in-Chief of Riverhead Books

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Riverhead Books is thrilled to announce the promotion of Sarah McGrath to the role of Editor in Chief. Ms. McGrath joins Editorial Director Becky Saletan and Geoff Kloske in the editorial leadership of the imprint. She is one of the most highly regarded and sought-after editors in our industry, and beloved by her colleagues here in the Penguin Random House group. Ms. McGrath came to Riverhead in 2006 and has helped shape the imprint into what it is today.


At Riverhead, Ms. McGrath has acquired and edited fiction by award-winning and New York Times-bestselling authors including Khaled Hosseini, Meg Wolitzer, Chang-rae Lee, Anton DiSclafani, Laura Moriarty, Cathy Marie Buchanan, Jean Kwok, Maile Meloy, Steven Galloway, Danielle Evans, Ramona Ausubel, and Aryn Kyle. She has acquired and edited narrative nonfiction by writers including Janny Scott, Margaret Talbot, Dana Goodyear, Akash Kapur, Allison Hoover Bartlett, and Najla Said. Prior to her time at Riverhead she worked at Scribner and Knopf.

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