OUR Editorial Staff
Vice President, Editor-in-Chief
Peter Borland is Vice President, Editor-in-Chief 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
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 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
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
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 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 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 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. 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 is an assistant editor at Atria Books. Before joining in 2016, she worked at Gallery Books and Scout Press. 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 Jhanteigh Kupihea and Rakesh Satyal with their projects for Atria, Keywords, Leopoldo & Co., and Skybound.
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 was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to New York in 2014 for NYU’s MS in Publishing: Digital and Print Media, graduating in 2016. The same year, she officially joined the Atria Books editorial team after participating in Simon & Schuster’s Associate Program. She currently assists Johanna V. Castillo on a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles in English and Spanish.
Areas of Interest: Upmarket Speculative, Commercial, and Women’s Fiction; Memoir; Narrative Nonfiction; Popular Culture; Latinx Fiction and Nonfiction; Literature in Translation.
Wendolyne Sabrozo is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she majored in Liberal Arts. She joined the Atria Books editorial team in June 2017, following internships at Writers House Literary Agency and Thieme Medical Publishers. She assists Sarah Pelz and Todd Hunter with their projects.
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
Senior Vice President,
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 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.
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 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.
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 acquires both fiction and non-fiction 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.
A publishing veteran, Becky acquires and edits both fiction and non-fiction 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 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.