Jen Knoch, Senior Editor



What I'm looking for . . .
When it comes to fiction or memoir, I’m looking for a voice that is arresting from the first page, as in Catherine Gildiner’s Coming Ashore. A strong story is important too, and though I generally don’t acquire genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, mystery, etc.), some genre flair can be a welcome addition, as in Brenda Brooks's Honey. I also work on pop culture books, especially music books (Joni Mitchell, Nowhere with You). I am always looking for books on health, social issues, women's issues, and the environment, and especially love when those things intersect (The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, Born to Walk, The Fruitful City). While I don't acquire problem-oriented self-help, I am a sucker for vivacious books about self-improvement: let's call this category being awesomer (Careergasm, Happy Go Money). Across the board, I am especially keen to publish underrepresented voices and experiences. 

What I read (and loved) recently . . .
I’m often drawn into practical memoirs, and found Dan Harris's 10% Happier to be the perfect example — it’s insightful, critical and funny, not to mention genuinely useful. That blend of the personal and the expository shows up in other recent favourites like Roxane Gay’s Hunger, Kyo Maclear's Birds Art Life, Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass, and anything by Rebecca Solnit. I love personal essay collections, especially by women, like The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott, and Here for It by R. Eric Thomas. Recent fiction highlights have been Greenwood, The MothersBeartown, All My Puny Sorrows, The Great Believers, and Girl, Woman, Other.

What I do outside of work . . .
Garden. Swim. Worry about climate change. Make preserves. Read. Walk and run. Listen to podcasts. Sweat it out. Make soap. Worship my cat. 

 
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