Nan Graham, was Editor in Chief of Scribner for over fifteen years. She became Senior Vice President and Publisher of the imprint in 2012. Before coming to Scribner she worked at Viking Penguin. Her titles have garnered the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, NBCC, and many other accolades, and her many bestselling, award-winning authors include Don DeLillo, Stephen King, Anthony Doerr, Miranda July, Annie Proulx, Amy Hempel, Rachel Kushner, Colm Tóibín, Kate Walbert, Dana Spiotta, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Andrew Solomon. She edited the memoirs The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Born Standing Up by Steve Martin, Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Both/And by Huma Abedin. The novels she edited include The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, Underworld by Don DeLillo, Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, and Cloud Cuckoo Land and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Marysue Rucci, was named VP, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Scribner/Marysue Rucci Books in September 2021. For the nine years prior, she was Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of the Simon & Schuster imprint, where she oversaw the fiction program. Marysue acquires a range of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Recent titles include: the #1 New York Times bestseller The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, a selection of the Reese Book Club; White Ivy by Susie Yang, a New York Times bestseller and Read with Jenna Book Club Pick; Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; The Need by Helen Phillips, longlisted for the National Book Award in Fiction, and the New York Times bestseller Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman. Over the course of her career, Marysue has worked with celebrated and bestselling authors including Shonda Rhimes, Sarah Ruhl, Mona Awad, Rebecca Traister, Nelson DeMille, Mary Higgins Clark, Jessica Knoll, Megan Miranda, Chris Cleave, Matthew Thomas, Cara Wall, Helene Cooper, and Alice Elliott Dark.
Stu Smith, Associate Publisher, began his career at Simon & Schuster in 2004. He held several positions in the sales department before joining Scribner as Associate Publisher in 2021. Stu is an avid reader and vocal book champion. At Scribner, he is an organizer and project leader. Stu has an eye on each and every book we publish.
Colin Harrison, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Scribner, is interested in current events, history, politics, nature, science, and commercial fiction. Some of his recent Scribner books include: The Mueller Report by The Washington Post, Light Perpetual and Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, The Guarded Gate by Daniel Okrent, The Red Sparrow series by Jason Matthews, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs (Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), Rebel Yell and Empire of the Summer Moon (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) by S.C. Gwynne, The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko, selected past books include Nixonland by Rick Perlstein, Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz, Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, and Jarhead by Anthony Swofford.
Kathryn Belden, Vice President and Editorial Director, joined the staff at Scribner in 2015. She is interested in the breadth of the American experience, which she pursues through fiction, nonfiction, and poetry acquisitions. Her engagement with all books begins with voice. General categories in which she works include poetry, literary fiction, social and cultural history, race and gender, nature and environment, as well as memoir and biography. Her books have won or been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and many others. Some of the writers she has worked with include Roz Chast, Jessica Harris, Mitchell S. Jackson, Kiese Laymon, Airea D. Matthews, Ricardo Nuila, Megan Kate Nelson, Sam Sax, Lisa See, Sarah Smarsh, Jesmyn Ward, John Edgar Wideman, Kate Zernike, among many others. Previously she worked at Bloomsbury, Four Walls Eight Windows, and Harmony Books/Crown Publishers.
Rick Horgan, Vice President and Executive Editor, has held senior positions at numerous publishing companies. More than 100 of his titles have been national bestsellers. In addition, his books have won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, Hugo Award, Edgar Award, Pen Literary Award, National Jewish Book Award, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He is interested in acquiring “big idea” books, biography, history, politics, current events, business, science, smart pop culture, sports, adventure narratives, and popular philosophy and psychology. Previous authors have included Bill Gates, Daniel H. Pink, Condoleezza Rice, Maria Shriver, Jay Leno, Pete Sampras, Tom Reiss, Henry Louis Gates, Ben Mezrich, and Angela Duckworth. Rick's Scribner bestsellers include Robert O’Neill’s The Operator, Colin O’Brady’s The Impossible First, Tim Grover’s Winning, Kathy Reich’s The Bone Code, Ariana Neumann’s When Time Stopped, Angela Duckworth’s Grit, and Desmond Shum’s Red Roulette.
Kara Watson, Executive Editor, is interested in acquiring literary and book club fiction, memoir, narrative and practical nonfiction, and books about food and wine. Recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, The Women in Black by Madeleine St John, The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam, Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce, Every Deep-Drawn Breath by Dr. Wes Ely, and How to Talk When Kids Won’t Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King. Forthcoming projects include Anonymous Sex, edited by Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, and novels by Ethan Joella, Jo Harkin, Kate Manning, Joanna Cannon, and Jen Beagin. Kara also works with Melissa Broder, Andrea Lee, Carole Johnstone, Liv Stratman, Carol Edgarian, Margareta Magnusson, Katy Butler, Dr. Wendy Mogel, Kristin Kimball, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Shirley Corriher, and Tamar Adler, and oversees the F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway catalogs, as well as other key backlist.
Christopher Richards, Executive Editor, joined Scribner in 2022. Chris began his career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux before moving to Penguin Press, where he edited and acquired New York Times bestsellers and critically acclaimed books that engage culture, science, and important issues of our time. He acquires a range of serious nonfiction—especially history, science, politics, literary memoir, poetry, and cultural criticism—and select literary fiction. His books have been finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Among his publications are No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg, the #1 New York Times bestseller from 2019’s Time Person of the Year; Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality by Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek; The World: A Brief Introduction by the President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass; What You Have Heard Is True by poet Carolyn Forché, a National Book Award finalist; and Fashion Climbing by the late street style photographer Bill Cunningham.
Sally Howe joined Scribner in 2016. She is interested in acquiring literary fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, essays, and cultural history. Her books have been finalists for the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, the Wellcome Book Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Costa Novel Award. Recent titles include To Name the Bigger Lie by Sarah Viren and The New Life by Tom Crewe; forthcoming projects include Lost Believers by Irina Zhorov, Owner of a Lonely Heart by Beth Nguyen, and Clear by Carys Davies. She also works with Thomas Page McBee, Rachel Monroe, Martha McPhee, and Agustina Bazterrica, among other writers.
Beckett Rueda, Editorial Assistant, bio to come.
Rebekah Jett, Associate Editor, came to Scribner in 2019. Her acquisitions include Elsewhere and Hotel Destination by Yan Ge and Last Acts by Alex Sammartino. Currently, she is focused on acquiring literary and upmarket fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction on a wide range of topics. Regardless of genre, she is drawn to memorable, believable characters, confident storytelling, and clarity. She assists Kathy Belden.
Sabrina Pyun, Assistant Editor, came to Scribner as part of the Associates Program and officially joined the team in 2020. She assists Nan Graham. She is the editor of Dear Chrysanthemums by Fiona Sze-Lorrain and handles The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin and C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength) on the Scribner backlist. She is looking to acquire literary and upmarket fiction (particularly fiction with speculative elements), memoir, narrative and big-idea nonfiction, and baking cookbooks. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Writing Seminars.
Emily Polson, Assistant Editor, joined Scribner in spring 2021 by way of Simon & Schuster Audio, the David Black Literary Agency, and Book Riot. Forthcoming projects include Ripe by Sarah Rose Etter, Worry by Alexandra Tanner, and This Is Your Mother by Erika Simpson. She also works with novelist Ann-Helén Laestadius, journalist Simon Parkin, and poet Maria Zoccola. Emily is looking to acquire voice-driven literary and upmarket fiction, memoir, essays, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, and poetry that “speak into the silence” (Carmen Maria Machado) of the existing canon. She is drawn to unconventional and experimental forms, immersive prose, humor, speculative elements, literature in translation, and themes of travel, heritage, coming-of-age, mental health, and religious identity. Before working in publishing, Emily taught writing in a Mississippi prison and English in a Basque ikastola. She assists Colin Harrison and works on select projects with Kara Watson.
Joie Asuquo, Editorial Assistant, joined Scribner in the fall of 2022. Before Scribner, she worked as a Junior Associate Producer for Simon & Schuster Audio. Joie is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in anthropology and global studies. She assists Kara Watson and Chris Richards.
Sophie Guimaraes, Publishing Assistant, joined Scribner in the spring of 2023. She is a graduate of Fordham University, where she studied comparative literature and journalism. Before Scribner, she held several publishing internships and spent a year living in Porto, Portugal. She assists Rick Horgan and Brianna Yamashita.
Brian Belfiglio, Vice President, Director of Publicity and Marketing. Since joining Scribner in 2007 as Publicity Director, Brian Belfiglio has executed or directed many of Scribner’s most visible and successful media campaigns for books by authors such as Phil Knight, Stephen King, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Annie Proulx, Angela Duckworth, Jeannette Walls, Steve Martin, Laura Bush, and Anthony Doerr. In spring 2019, he launched the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau as an in-house enterprise. Before joining Scribner, Brian served as the Marketing Director for Workman. He previously served as a publicity director at the Crown Publishing Group for many years.
Brianna Yamashita, Executive Director of Marketing, has strategized and executed New York Times bestselling campaigns for such authors as Anthony Doerr, Stephen King, Desmond Shum, Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Mark Bittman, Neal Katyal, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski’s and Animal Planet’s Jackson Galaxy, among others. In addition, she has spearheaded the marketing for major franchises such as The Whole30, established marketing partnerships with leading lifestyle brands, and instituted marketing best-practices and analytics-driven book marketing systems. Prior to joining Scribner, Brianna headed up the Lifestyle marketing division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and before that, served as Associate Publisher and Executive Director of Marketing & Publicity at Penguin Random House’s TarcherPerigee imprint. She is a graduate of Skidmore College.
Katie Monaghan, Director of Publicity and Director of Publicity and Marketing for Stephen King, has been with the imprint since 2005, and works with Stephen King, Colm Tóibín, Rachel Kushner, Lisa See, Angela Duckworth, Dana Spiotta, Miranda July, and many others.
Paul Samuelson, Deputy Director of Publicity, was most recently the Director of Publicity for Twelve Books where he orchestrated New York Times bestselling campaigns for books such as A Warning by Anonymous, Barbara Ehrenreich's most recent books including Natural Causes, Susan Page's biography of Barbara Bush The Matriarch, and Shea Serrano's Movies (And Other Things), among many others. Prior to his work at Twelve, Paul was a senior publicist at Random House Children's executing New York Times bestselling campaigns for books like Nikki Giovanni's Hip Hop Speaks to Children. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and also received his MA in English from the University of Chicago.
Ashley Gilliam Rose, Associate Director of Marketing, has developed and executed campaigns for books such as Why We Sleep, Shoe Dog, and Grit, and for authors such as Colm Tóibín, Kathy Reichs, Lisa See, Stephen King, and Jennifer Egan. She works on imprint social media efforts, advertising and reporting, and building partnerships. She was previously Scribner’s Publishing Manager and the editor of a new translation of Darkness at Noon, new editions of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, and The Best American Poetry series. She holds an MA in editing and writing from Emerson College.
Abigail Novak, Publicity Manager, joined Scribner in 2018, and works with many Scribner authors including John Edgar Wideman, Kathy Reichs, and Megan Kate Nelson. Other recent campaigns include The End of Everything by Katie Mack, Red Island House by Andrea Lee, I Am a Girl from Africa by Elizabeth Nyamayaro, and Cuba by Ada Ferrer. Abigail also specializes in food narratives and cookbooks, including the bestselling 2019 edition of Joy of Cooking.
Mia O’Neill, Publicist, joined Scribner in 2018. A graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Maryland, she has recently developed and executed campaigns for books such as Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford, House of Sticks by Ly Tran, The Last American Aristocrat by David S. Brown, The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith, and A Little Hope by Ethan Joella.
Mark Galarrita, Publishing and Marketing Associate Manager, joined Scribner in 2021. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.
Georgia Brainard, Publicity Assistant, joined Scribner in 2022. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied international affairs and Spanish. Before coming to Scribner, she served as Arizona gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs’ press assistant and as an editorial intern for the 2023 O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction.
Lauren Dooley, Marketing Manager, joined Scribner in 2022. She previously worked in marketing at Bloomsbury Publishing and Macmillan Publishers where she executed and assisted with campaigns for New York Times bestselling authors such as Paul Hollywood and Alex Michaelides. With Scribner, Lauren manages social media and assists with advertising and partnerships. She is a graduate of KU Leuven and University of Galway.
Kassandra Rhoads, Publicist, joined Scribner in 2023. She previously held positions at Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint where she executed campaigns for books such as The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig, End of the World House by Adrienne Celt, Hola Papi by JP Brammer, and Kink by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell. She has also supported New York Times best-selling campaigns for Laura Dave, Jessamine Chan, Sarah Ruhl, Megan Miranda, and more. Prior to Scribner, Kassandra was a part of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s PR team aligned to their cloud computing portfolio, where she executive produced the Deloitte On Cloud podcast. She holds an M.A. in Communication from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in English from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.
Jaya Miceli, Scribner's Senior Art Director, joined the imprint in July 2014. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, with a BFA in illustration. Jaya's short-lived illustration career earned her published pieces in The New Yorker. Her appreciation of art, love of books and illustrative talents found their true home in book publishing. She learned jacket design and typography on the job during her fourteen years at Penguin, where she began as a junior designer. Jaya has designed jackets for a diverse group of authors including Lev Grossman, Terry McMillan, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Jasper Fforde, David Lodge, Jonathan Tropper, Dara Horn, Brady Udall, as well as, Pulitzer Prize winning, Manning Marable's bookMalcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. She is thrilled to further her book design ventures with the extraordinary literary bounty at Scribner books.
Sydney Newman, Art Assistant, joined the Scribner team in October 2017. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, with a degree in illustration. Before starting her Scribner career, she assisted at Penguin Random House in the Penguin Art Group.