Sonny Mehta

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Ajai Singh "Sonny" Mehta is editor-in-chief of Alfred A Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

He was educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar, India,[1] and studied English and history at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.[2] He is married to the writer Gita Mehta.

Mehta began his publishing career in London at Rupert Hart-Davis, Ltd., and went on to found Paladin Books. He then became Editorial Director of Granada Paperbacks, comprising the Panther, Mayflower, and Paladin imprints. In 1972 Mr. Mehta became Editorial Director, and later Publishing Director, of Pan Books, where he was instrumental in establishing the highly successful Picador trade paperback imprint.

In 1987, he moved to New York to head Alfred A. Knopf. Founded in 1915, Knopf is the longtime publisher of such renowned writers as Thomas Mann, Willa Cather, John Hersey, Andre Gide Albert Camus, John Updike, and Julia Child, Knopf is also the publisher for Toni Morrison, V.S. Naipaul, Alice Munro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Richard Russo, Robert A. Caro, Orhan Pamuk, Bill Clinton, Anne Tyler, Anne Rice, and Cormac McCarthy, as well as many of the best of today’s new writers. [3]


Brown, Jason R. The Last Five Years. New York, 2002.


  1. ^ M. Prabha, The waffle of the toffs: a sociocultural critique of Indian writing in English (Oxford & IBH Publishing, 2000), p. 130.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Manus, "Sonny Mehta, Uneasy King of Knopf", The New York Observer, October 18, 1999.
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