Who We Are - Dey Street Books

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WHO WE ARE

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LYNN GRADY, SVP, PUBLISHER

With over 10 years at HarperCollins, Lynn Grady joined Dey Street Books as publisher in 2013. She has overseen marketing and publicity campaigns for many top New York Times bestsellers and has acquired books by Bobby Bones, Courtney Love, Willie Nelson, Debbie Reynolds, Billy Bob Thornton and Louis Zamperini.



 




CARRIE THORNTON, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Carrie joined Dey Street Books in 2011. She has spent her entire career specializing in media driven non-fiction publishing, with a keen interest in the areas of humor, music and memoir. Some of her recent books include the #1 New York Times bestseller Yes Please, by Amy Poehler, the New York Times bestseller Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon, Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming, My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart as well as Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton. Some of her upcoming projects include Almost Interesting from actor and comedian David Spade, Abundance Now by CEO of Motivating the Masses and Breakthrough Coach on the Steve Harvey Show Lisa Nichols, a personal wellness book from Kate Hudson, Hi, Anxiety! by Tasting Table editor-in-chief Kat Kinsman, 18 and Life on Skid Row by rock icon Sebastian Bach, as well as new books from Hannah Hart, Alan Cumming and Molly Sims. Carrie is originally from Norfolk, Virginia and is a graduate of The College of William and Mary.



JULIA CHEIFFETZ, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Julia Cheiffetz is Executive Editor at Dey Street Books where she focuses on narrative nonfiction and memoir. In her previous role as Senior Editor at Harper, Julia published several New York Times Bestsellers including 5th Avenue, 5AM by Sam Wasson , The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Lemmon, and How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish. At Harper, Julia acquired and edited the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for nonfiction Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King which is currently being adapted to a film. Julia began her publishing career at Random House where she worked for six years. She has edited such notable writers as Karen Abbott, Harold Bloom, Ian Buruma, Billy Collins, Jennifer Egan, Erica Jong, and Ed Park. Julia returns to HarperCollins from Amazon where she was Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing. Julia is on the Board of Directors of the Lower Eastside Girls Club and loves books that showcase strong female characters. Julia is currently editing Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg which will publish this fall. 



JESSICA SINDLER, SENIOR EDITOR

Jessica Sindler is Senior Editor at Dey Street Books where she focuses on "big idea" self-help, voice-driven narrative non-fiction, memoir, lifestyle, and narrative science. Prior to joining Dey Street Jessica was at Spiegel & Grau, where she edited titles including Brené Brown's #1 New York Times bestseller Rising Strong,  Garance Doré’s New York Times bestseller Love x Style x Life, and New York Times bestselling author John Elder Robison's Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening. Jessica began her career at Gotham Books where she acquired and edited Brené Brown's #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly. Her other noteworthy titles at Gotham included New York Times bestsellers Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield, The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant, and Girl Walks into a Bar by Rachel Dratch, as well as The One: The Life and Music of James Brown by RJ Smith (a New York Times Top Ten Book of 2012 and Spin magazine's Book of the Year). She is passionate about nonfiction that inspires, and books by thought leaders who make us see the world differently. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Jessica is a graduate of The University of Chicago.


 


MATTHEW DADDONA, ASSOCIATE EDITOR 

Matthew Daddona is an Associate Editor at Dey Street Books where he focuses on narrative nonfiction in the categories of sports, music, humor, pop culture, and memoir. He began his career at Blue Rider/Plume, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Among the titles he edited a Penguin are Last Night in the OR by Bud Shaw, MD and Luke Skywalker Can't Read by Ryan Britt. At Dey Street, his upcoming titles include: Snake: The Legendary Life of Ken Stabler by Mike Freeman, the first biographical account of the legendary Oakland Raiders quarterback; The Close Encounters Man by Mark O'Connell, a narrative biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer recruited by the United States Air Force to help disprove UFO sightings (only to believe in them himself); and Head in the Game by Brandon Sneed, an exploration of mental engineering of the world's greatest atheletes. He is also editing Sebastian Bach's memoir, 18 and Life on Skid Row, and 18 Holes with Bing, Nathaniel Crosby's memoir of his father, Bing Crosby, both of which will publish in 2016. Matthew is also a poetry submissions reader for Slice Magazine and a senior editor at The Scofield. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 2011 with a B.A. in English.


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DEY STREET BOOKS is dedicated to connecting authors with their readers through strong editorial vision coupled with innovative and impactful marketing and publicity campaigns. Dey Street Books strives to publish in a wide array of categories and formats, with our list ultimately guided by our editorial tastes and the vision of our authors. Our goal is simple—to reach the widest possible audience with books that provoke, inspire, educate and entertain. Our recent bestsellers include Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, 10% Happier by Dan Harris, Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming, Don’t’ Give Up, Don’t Give In by Louis Zamperini, My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart, and Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band. Dey Street Books is also home to Tim Burton, Russell Brand, Robert Christgau, Justin Halpern, Rob Sheffield, Gene Simmons, Slash, and Neil Strauss, just to name a few.  

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Jessica Sindler
Julia Cheiffetz
Carrie Thornton
Lynn Grady
matthew daddona

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