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  Barbara Jones
Barbara Jones is an executive editor at Henry Holt & Company, where she edits fiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction. She is eager to work with novelists, memoirists and narrative nonfiction writers who have a passion for their projects. She has no affinity for or skill with thrillers and sci fi. Her authors include Paul Auster, Sebastian Faulks, and debut memoirists and novelists Christa Parravani, Thea Goodman, Adelle Waldman and others. She was previously editorial director of Hyperion Books and Voice Books, where she edited Lauren Groff, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Chitra Divakaruni, Isabel Gillies, Kelly Corrigan and many others.  During her tenure at Hyperion and Voice as many as seven of the books in her care were on the New York Times bestseller lists at one time. Before joining Hyperion in early 2008, Barbara spent nearly 20 years as an editor at magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Magazine, More and Grand Street, editing authors such as Jennifer Egan, Lorrie Moore, Ann Patchett, Louise Erdrich, Francine Prose, Liz Gilbert, Ann Hood, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Kate Braestrup, Amy Wilentz and many others. She has taught at Yale College, New York University, and elsewhere.
Allison Lorentzen
Allison Lorentzen is a senior editor at Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She edits a range of fiction and narrative nonfiction, including memoir, reportage, humor, pop culture, history, and biography. Her recent projects include The Magician's Land, the third novel in Lev Grossman's New York Times bestselling Magicians Trilogy; the mystery Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little, which People magazine called " [a] quick-witted and fast-paced [novel]"; the New York Times bestseller My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr; and the highly-praised debut novels Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain, A Map of Tulsa by Benjamin Lytal, The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian, The Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker, and Down the Shore by Stan Parish.  A graduate of Wesleyan University, she is a founding editor of n+1 magazine.
Megan Lynch
Megan Lynch is Senior Editor at Riverhead Books, where she has worked since 2003, acquiring and editing a range of fiction and narrative non-fiction. She has published acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling books by authors including fiction writers Sarah Waters, Emma Straub, Ellis Avery, Dinaw Mengestu, Helen Oyeyemi and Nami Mun; and nonfiction writers Wendy McClure, Meghan O'Rourke, Rosie Schaap and Julie Klam. As an editor she is drawn to singular, arresting voices; adventurous storytelling techniques, and, most of all, writing that is emotionally compelling. Prior to her arrival at Riverhead, she worked at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday and Little, Brown and Company. A graduate of Brown University, she is originally from Philadelphia.
  Sean McDonald
Sean McDonald is Executive Editor and Vice President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Authors he has edited include Sloane Crosley, Junot Díaz, Aleksandar Hemon, John Hodgman, Steven Johnson, Walter Mosley, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Héctor Tobar, and Ellen Ullman. Prior to FSG, he worked as an Executive Editor and Vice President of Riverhead Books and before that at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.
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