Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA), was founded in the fall of 1993 by Susan Petersen Kennedy to be a source of exciting new voices, stories and ideas, and to publish books that have a lasting influence on our culture. Now celebrating its 20th year, Riverhead has published books that have been nominated and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and been finalists for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize. A Riverhead author has won the prestigious Dayton Literary Peace Prize four out of the six years that the prize has been in existence. Four of our authors have won MacArthur “Genius” grants and many of our authors have given extraordinarily popular TED Talks. Riverhead authors have won numerous PEN awards as well as countless other prestigious literary awards, including the Hurston/Wright Award for writers of African descent, the Stonewall Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender fiction, and the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for the best young emerging voices. Four of our authors were included in the New Yorker’s recent “20 under 40” list of young fiction writers. Riverhead’s authors include Khaled Hosseini, Nick Hornby, Anne Lamott, Sarah Vowell, Daniel H. Pink, Chang-rae Lee, Meg Wolitzer, George Saunders, Junot Díaz, Steven Johnson (author), His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jon Ronson, James McBride (writer), and many illustrious literary writers.
The current Publisher of Riverhead is Geoffrey Kloske. According to the Penguin Group (USA) website, Becky Saletan is Editorial Director, Sarah McGrath and Jake Morrissey are Executive Editors, and Megan Lynch in Senior Editor of Riverhead Books.
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