Zack Knoll, Associate Editor
Zack Knoll joined Simon & Schuster in 2016 to assist Editor-in-Chief Marysue Rucci, and is now an Associate Editor with a growing list of fiction and nonfiction. His taste skews toward the upmarket and literary end of the spectrum. He loves voice-driven fiction, novels that break with conventional forms of storytelling, LGBTQ fiction, and books told through multiple POVs. His ideal novel is one about well-meaning people behaving terribly, despite themselves. He is also the resident reader of literary speculative fiction, especially where the supernatural, occult, or fantastic and bizarre are concerned. He selectively reads memoir, narrative nonfiction, and cultural commentary on the subjects of LGBTQ interests, pop culture, and humor. He also acquires illustrated projects in the realm of photography, design, fashion, and gift/special interest. A native Chicagoan, he is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and Oberlin College, where he studied creative writing with an almost-minor in visual arts.
His past and forthcoming titles include, in fiction: The Caregiver by Samuel Park, Going Dutch by James Gregor, Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng, The End of Getting Lost by Robin Kirman, and Kink: Stories edited by Garth Greenwell and R.O. Kwon; and in nonfiction: Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul (JP) Brammer, The Art of Bob Mackie by Bob Mackie, Women’s Work: Stories from Pioneering Women Shaping Our Workforce by photographer Chris Crisman, Mother Winter: A Feminist Memoir by Sophia Shalmiyev, Between the Lines: Stories from the Underground by Uli Cohen (founder of Subway Book Review), The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig, Live for the Applause: Brooklyn Drag and the Search for Fame and Family by Nicole Pasulka, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Whose Boat is this Boat? by The Staff of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and President Donald J. Trump (“by accident”).