Publicity

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 & 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.

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 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.

Rachel Brenner,
Associate Publicist

 

Rachel joined Atria Books in March 2016. She is a graduate of Smith College, and the Columbia Publishing Course.

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.