April 20-27, 2006 Edition

Susan McGrath Named

VP, Executive Editor

of Riverhead Books

New York, NY/4/18/06—Sarah McGrath has been appointed Vice President and Executive Editor of Riverhead Books, it was announced April 18 by Geoffrey Kloske, Vice President and Publisher of Riverhead Books. Ms. McGrath will report directly to Mr. Kloske and begins her new position at Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), on Wednesday, May 10, 2006.

Mr. Kloske commented, “I’ve long admired Sarah’s work, particularly her remarkable eye for literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as her passionate devotion to her writers. I’m very excited to be able to welcome Sarah on board as we expand Riverhead’s already strong editorial team and continue our commitment to publishing award-winning, bestselling books by original voices.”

Ms. McGrath had previously been an acquiring editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons since 1998, where she was Senior Editor and edited a combination of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She discovered such award-winning fiction writers as Maile Meloy (her first novel, Liars and Saints, was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize and named a New York Times Notable Book) and Eric Puchner (whose story collection, Music Through the Floor, was recently named a finalist for The New York Public Library’s Young Lion’s Award). She also acquired the first novels of graphic designer Chip Kidd and New Yorker humorist Patricia Marx, as well as books by such bestselling and award-winning fiction writers as Anita Diamant, Meg Wolitzer, and Antonya Nelson. She also edited Kate Walbert’s novel Our Kind, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Narrative nonfiction authors that Ms. McGrath acquired and edited while at Scribner included bestselling writers Diane Ackerman, Alison Smith and George Howe Colt, whose book, The Big House, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Before her tenure at Scribner, Ms. McGrath spent two years at Knopf, where she worked for Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Sonny Mehta. She graduated from Harvard University and worked as a researcher and reporter at Newsweek before entering book publishing.

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