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Sean Manning, Vice President and Executive Editor

Sean Manning is interested in memoir, narrative nonfiction, contemporary history, literary and commercial fiction, cultural explorations, and anything else with a distinctive and exciting voice.

Titles he has edited include the #1 New York Times bestseller I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy; the #1 New York Times bestseller Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern; the New York Times bestseller The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan; the New York Times bestseller The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek; the New York Times bestseller The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Book by Jerry Seinfeld; the New York Times bestseller I’m Your Huckleberry: A Memoir by Val Kilmer; the New York Times bestseller The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi by Richard Grant; Freedom by Sebastian Junger; Reaganland: America’s Right Turn, 1976 – 1980 by Rick Perlstein (A New York Times Notable Book of 2020); Why Peacocks?: An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World’s Most Magnificent Animal by Sean Flynn (2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Longlist Selection); This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir by Cecily Strong; the national bestseller KG A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball and Everything In Between by Kevin Garnett; the New York Times bestseller A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke; the national bestseller Stories to Tell: A Memoir by Richard Marx; No One Left to Come Looking for You by Sam Lipsyte; Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly; Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders by Christopher Goffard; Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen by Brian Raftery; Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal by Sarah Maslin Nir; and Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur by Sheldon Pearce.

Forthcoming titles include Where Are the Children Now? by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke; Independence Square: Arkady Renko in Urkaine by Martin Cruz Smith; Harold by Steven Wright; Thrillville, USA by Taylor Koekkoek; The Weight by Jeff Boyd; and Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest to Track Down the Last Remaining Lesbian Bars in America by Krista Burton.

Manning is the author of The Things That Need Doing, a family memoir that Buzz Bissinger described as “a beautiful portrait of hope and perseverance." He is also editor of five critically acclaimed anthologies, which feature original contributions from Ray Bradbury, Jennifer Egan, Susan Choi, Chuck Klosterman, Paul Muldoon, Francine Prose, Ishmael Reed, Julia Glass, Joyce Maynard, Jim Shepard, Matt Taibbi, and many others. He attracted national attention as the Executive Editor of Rhapsody, an in-flight magazine published by United Airlines, which The New York Times described as “the Paris Review of the air.” Among the authors he edited at Rhapsody are Karen Russell, Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Bloom, Anthony Doerr, Kristin Hannah, Roxane Gay, Emily St. John Mandel, Claire Vaye Watkins, Matthew Thomas, and Rick Moody. He also served as Articles Editor of Popular Mechanics and received his MFA in fiction writing from The New School.