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Sean Manning, Executive Editor

Sean Manning is interested in narrative nonfiction, memoir, contemporary history, literary and commercial fiction, cultural explorations, and anything else with a distinctive and exciting voice.

Titles he has edited include the #1 New York Times bestseller Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern; the New York Times bestseller The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek; the New York Times bestseller I’m Your Huckleberry: A Memoir by Val Kilmer; the New York Times bestseller The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi by Richard Grant; Freedom by Sebastian Junger; Reaganland: America’s Right Turn, 1976 – 1980 by Rick Perlstein (A New York Times Notable Book of 2020); This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir by Cecily Strong; the national bestseller KG A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball and Everything In Between by Kevin Garnett; the New York Times bestseller A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke; the national bestseller Stories to Tell: A Memoir by Richard Marx; Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly; Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders by Christopher Goffard; Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen by Brian Raftery; Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal by Sarah Maslin Nir; The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith; and Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur by Sheldon Pearce.

Forthcoming titles include Every Cloak Rolled in Blood by James Lee Burke, I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy, Control Freak: My Epic Adventure Making Video Games by Cliff Bleszinski and The Tomorrow Game: Rival Teenagers, Their Race for a Gun and a Community United to Save Them by Sudhir Venkatesh.

Manning is the author of The Things That Need Doing, a family memoir that Buzz Bissinger described as “a beautiful portrait of hope and perseverance." He is also editor of five critically acclaimed anthologies, which feature original contributions from Ray Bradbury, Jennifer Egan, Susan Choi, Chuck Klosterman, Paul Muldoon, Francine Prose, Ishmael Reed, Julia Glass, Joyce Maynard, Jim Shepard, Matt Taibbi, and many others. He attracted national attention as the Executive Editor of Rhapsody, an in-flight magazine published by United Airlines, which The New York Times described as “the Paris Review of the air.” Among the authors he edited at Rhapsody are Karen Russell, Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Bloom, Anthony Doerr, Kristin Hannah, Roxane Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Claire Vaye Watkins, Matthew Thomas, and Rick Moody. He also served as Articles Editor of Popular Mechanics and received his MFA in fiction writing from The New School.