I joined Little, Brown in 2001, after more than ten years at St. Martin’s Press and Picador USA. I grew up in Los Angeles, in a house full of books (when my husband took his first vacation with my family he learned that our idea of a good time is everyone sitting in the same place, reading), and for as long as I can remember I had a goal of getting myself to New York, and working with books and writers. There are very few days when I walk to work that I don’t remind myself how lucky I am to be here.
And once I’m here, I get to be part of the greatest team in publishing, bringing some of the best and most exciting new books into the world. As an editor, I’ve worked with a wide range of authors, including Kate Atkinson, Elin Hilderbrand, Ian Rankin, George Pelecanos, Tina Fey, Nina Stibbe, Elizabeth Kostova, and Joshua Ferris. As publisher of Little, Brown, I oversee an even broader list, one that includes our great crime imprint Mulholland and the newly-launched Lee Boudreaux Books. Little, Brown’s illustrious 178-year history includes writers who are a vital part of American cultural history: Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, Herman Wouk, William Manchester, and J.D. Salinger, to name only a few. In recent years, we’ve been proud to continue that tradition, with writers who include Malcolm Gladwell, David Foster Wallace, David Sedaris, Sally Mann, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Malala Yousafzi, Emma Donoghue, Maria Semple, Dr. David Perlmutter, Donna Tartt, Keith Richards…the list goes on and on. And so do the daily opportunities to find new writers and new readers, the great thrills of this job and this business.
I arrived at Little, Brown almost twenty years ago from a career in the movie business, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve had the great privilege of editing some extraordinary books, all linked by one thing: a great voice. Some of the novels I’ve edited include the New York Times bestsellers Room by Emma Donoghue, Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, The Girls by Lori Lansens, The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien, and American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Non-fiction titles edited include the New York Times bestsellers I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard, and Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia, as well as The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson and The Fear by Peter Godwin. My forthcoming titles include Matthew Weiner’s debut Heather, The Totality, Jamie Brenner’s The Forever Summer, I Love You Too Much by Alicia Drake, and Jody Shield’s new novel The Winter Station.
As Vice President, Executive Editor of Little, Brown, I acquire within the categories of health, psychology/self-help, science, parenting, and reference. My books usually have a prescriptive element but they might also be narrative or memoir. I joined Little, Brown in 2005 after working as VP, Editorial Director at Atria Books, VP, Associate Publisher at Broadway Books, and Executive Managing Editor at HarperCollins. Among the authors I’ve had the pleasure to work with are Andrew Weil, Mark Hyman, David Perlmutter, Amy Cuddy, Walter Mischel, Nicholas Christakis, Joel Fuhrman, William Sears, Sue Johnson, John Ratey, Arianna Huffington, Roy Peter Clark, Donald and Lillian Stokes, and The Dalai Lama.
I joined Little, Brown in 2014, as Vice President and Editorial Director of a new imprint, after nine years as Editorial Director of Ecco/HarperCollins. I focus almost exclusively on fiction, and I’m drawn to unusual voices, unexpected stories and a strong sense of place. My Little, Brown list debuted in 2016 and included Sunil Yapa’s YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST, Elizabeth Poliner’s AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING, Daniel Bergner’s SING FOR YOUR LIFE (a rare nonfiction entry for me) which was named a New York Times notable book, and Affinity Konar’s MISCHLING, also named a New York Times notable book. I have published novels by Curtis Sittenfeld (PREP) Patrick deWitt (THE SISTERS BROTHERS, longlisted for the Man-Booker Prize), Ben Fountain (BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK, nominated for the National Book Award and winner of the NBCC), Madeline Miller (THE SONG OF ACHILLES, winner of the Orange Prize), Alissa Nutting (TAMPA), Ron Rash (SERENA), David Wroblewski (THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, an Oprah Book Club selection) and Nell Zink (MISLAID).
I am an executive editor, as well as the editorial director of Mulholland Books, where I’ve edited novels like The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S., Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls, as well national bestsellers like the debut Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and crime fiction legends like Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Charlie Huston, and Jim Thompson. At Little, Brown, I published the acclaimed literary novel Neverhome, as well as New York Times bestselling authors Michael Koryta and Dan Simmons. Prior to Little, Brown, I worked at Viking/Penguin and Picador, where I worked with authors and titles as diverse as Tana French, Stewart O’Nan, Ron Carlson, and Jasper Fforde. I have also edited a variety of nonfiction projects, such as The Boys In the Boat, Moby-Duck, and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning.
I joined Little, Brown in 2001 and am proud to be part of this wonderful team. I acquire literary fiction, upmarket crime, and narrative nonfiction, including history, biography, and cultural history. I am particularly drawn to propulsive, page-turning stories, well told. Among the authors I’ve been lucky enough to work with are Naomi Alderman, Michael Connelly, Janet Fitch, Mary Gabriel, Nancy Goldstone, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Pete Hamill, Nathalia Holt, Richard Lange, Paul Lynch, Melina Marchetta, Stephenie Meyer, Daniel O’Malley, Sebastian Rotella, Alice Sebold, and David Sedaris
I publish nonfiction books, with a focus on food and cooking, illustrated books, and narrative and expert-driven writing on science, tech, business, pop culture, current events, lifestyle, and humor. I've worked with Dominique Ansel, Michael Anthony, David Boaz, Peter Diamandis, Vivian Howard, Christopher Kimball, Sarah Knight, Jaron Lanier, John Lutz, Samin Nosrat and Wendy MacNaughton, Karen Page, Michael Ruhlman, Mark Schatzker, Daniel Smith, and Jonathan Waxman.
Before I joined Little, Brown, I helped start the Regan Arts imprint of Phaidon, and before that was an editor at Simon & Schuster. My career in publishing started as a reader of poetry manuscripts, and I write occasionally about our business for Poets & Writers magazine. I pronounce my last name “Zur-ban.”
I joined Little, Brown as an executive editor in December 2014 after five years as an executive editor at The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House. Previously I worked as an editor at The Penguin Press, Henry Holt and Basic Books. I have edited and published three winners of the Pulitzer Prize, each of them debut authors: Samantha Power (“A Problem from Hell”), Caroline Elkins (Imperial Reckoning) and Liaquat Ahamed (Lords of Finance). I am proud to have also edited a number of other bestselling and prize winning authors including Matt Bai, Deborah Baker, Moustafa Bayoumi, Matthew B. Crawford, Yochi Dreazen, Sheri Fink, Timothy F. Geithner, Michelle Goldberg, Chris Hayes, Peniel Joseph, Brendan I. Koerner, Rebecca Mead, Jenny Nordberg, John Pomfret and Clay Shirky.
I am a Senior Editor at Little, Brown and Company, where I edit Rick Bass, David Bezmozgis, Tony Earley, Adam Haslett, Leslie Jamison, Rick Moody, Edith Pearlman, and Lauren Slater, among other writers. Prior to joining Little, Brown, I was an editor at Viking Penguin and before that the co-founder and editorial director of Lookout Books, where I published Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award. While at Lookout Books I was also the editor of the literary journal Ecotone, where I worked with Annie Proulx, Jonathan Lethem, Denis Johnson, Ann Beattie, Charles Baxter, Terry Tempest Williams, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, among many others.
As the lead editor of the James Patterson publishing program for young readers, I’m naturally drawn to books with irresistible commercial hooks, clever storytelling, unexpected twists, and robustly written, diverse characters. I love heartbreaking friendship stories, spine-chilling horror, exciting adventure chronicles, magical realism, animal fantasies, and thrilling mysteries to puzzle out. I’m currently focused on acquiring middle-grade and YA across all genres.
I first joined Hachette in 2014 at LBYR, then moved over to Little, Brown to help launch the JIMMY Patterson imprint with the sole mission of creating fun-to-read books that will foster a lifelong love of reading in kids and teens. Along with our recent James Patterson bestsellers such as Jacky Ha-Ha, Word of Mouse, and favorite series like the Middle School and I Funny, my recent acquisitions include Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and Supervillain’s Apprentice by Michael Fry.
Prior to joining JIMMY Patterson, I worked with authors and illustrators including Eric Carle, Judy Schachner, Salina Yoon, David Steinberg, and Alyssa Satin Capucilli during my time at Penguin, HarperCollins, and Egmont UK.
I joined the JIMMY team in early 2016 and jumped right in, taking over several of James Patterson’s bestselling series like Treasure Hunters and House of Robots, while also getting to work on exciting new projects like Pottymouth and Stoopid. Since then, I have acquired several non-Patteson authored projects for the JIMMY list like the forthcoming YA futuristic Western Gunslinger Girl by debut author Lyndsay Ely.
Prior to joining Hachette, I worked at Sourcebooks, Inc. for more than 6 years with a number of talented authors, including This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh, The Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita, Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann, The Cellar by Natasha Preston, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordóva, and Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter.
I’m looking to acquire projects with authentic, diverse voices, strong commercial hooks and taut pacing. I particularly likes a touch of the fantastic firmly grounded with a realistic, relatable world or character; fun, fast-pace contemporaries; plotty mysteries and thrillers; fairy tale (and other) retellings; and intriguing formats with strong visual appeal.
I am an Editor at Little, Brown acquiring mostly narrative nonfiction and occasionally literary fiction. I joined Little, Brown in 2014 after working as an assistant at a literary agency and a high school English at a private boarding school, where I had enormous fun teaching Anna Karenina and The Turn of the Screw and zero fun teaching Pride and Prejudice, a book that I adore and that sophomore boys apparently can’t stomach. I am drawn to narrative nonfiction that takes me deep into other lives, places, industries, or ideas, whether it’s social/cultural criticism, weird or secret history, literary memoir/essays, investigative journalism, or anything that makes me laugh. My growing list includes Therese Oneill’s Unmentionable (a New York Times bestseller), Malcolm Harris’ Kids These Days, Meaghan O’Connell’s And Now We Have Everything, Zack McDermott’s Gorilla and the Bird, and Jane Delury’s The Balcony.
I am an editor at Little, Brown, on the James Patterson BookShots and BookShots Flames imprints. I joined Hachette in November 2015 after working in editorial at Berkley/NAL, a division of Penguin Random House. I’ve worked with romance authors Elle Kennedy, Jen McLaughlin, Terri Brisbin, Elizabeth Hayley, Christina Lee, Lorelie Brown and Kimberly Bell, among others. I also edited a cozy mystery list including authors Kate Collins, Isabella Alan, Eva Gates and the Monk and Murder, She Wrote series. For BookShots and BookShots Flames, I am acquiring in the thriller and romance genres, looking for stories that keep you turning the pages. It’s a best kept secret that additionally, I enjoy women’s fiction with fairy tale motifs, magical realism and themes about family.
Prior to joining Little, Brown as an Editor in February 2016, I spent my publishing career at HarperCollins with over five years at the William Morrow imprint. I've edited and contributed to a wide variety of titles and authors, from commercial fiction to celebrity memoir to mystery/thrillers to narrative nonfiction, journalism, and cultural history. Across genres, I’m most interested in authors telling unique stories that contribute to a cultural conversation. I published award-winning crime novelist Lou Berney, author of the Edgar-nominated The Long and Faraway Gone; food journalist Megan Kimble’s Unprocessed; professional runner Becky Wade’s Run the World; and acquired and edited historian Margot Lee Shetterly’s forthcoming Hidden Figures, about the sisterhood of African-American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the space race, which Fox is adapting for a film to release in 2017.
As a wide-ranging, omnivorous reader, I’m thrilled to be embarking on a new adventure as part of the founding editorial team for James Patterson’s BookShots line, helping to launch a new initiative with one of the most read, prolific, and innovative authors publishing today. I’m specializing in mysteries and thrillers, currently looking to add stories to the list that feature a strong sense of character, high-stakes suspense, and adventurous storylines.
I am an editor at Little, Brown, where I acquire fiction and select narrative non-fiction. I’m mainly in the market for voice-driven literary and upmarket fiction, but am also drawn to the occasional memoir or essay collection. Some of the books I have acquired include THE FUTURES by Anna Pitoniak and THE INVITATION by Lucy Foley. Other forthcoming titles include GATHER THE DAUGHTERS by Jennie Melamed, THE PARTY by Elizabeth Day, FEAST DAYS by Ian Mackenzie and JELL-O GIRLS by Allie Rowbottom. I particularly love family sagas, humor and satire and “unlikeable” protagonists.