Meet Little, Brown

Meet Little, Brown

Sally Kim

President and Publisher; Little, Brown and Company

Sally Kim is President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, which is comprised of the imprints Back Bay Books; Little, Brown; Little, Brown Spark; Mulholland Books; and Voracious. She was most recently SVP, Publisher of G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Random House), where she also acquired and edited acclaimed and bestselling fiction by Kiley Reid, Robert Jones, Jr., Chloe Benjamin, Steven Rowley, Megan Abbott, Sarah Winman, Alma Katsu, Cristina Alger, and Susan Barker. She’s held senior editorial positions at Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, the Crown Publishing Group, and St. Martin’s Press, after getting her start at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency almost 30 years ago. In 2022, Poets & Writers honored her with The Editor’s Award.

Ned Rust

Vice President and Publisher, James Patterson

As Vice President, Publisher for James Patterson, I lead the team that supports the bestselling author in the world. I have been with Little, Brown since 2004. I was new to publishing at the time—I had taken some side-trips into music journalism, teaching, maritime law, biochemistry, and political consulting—and am still grateful for being in and around books, and readers, every single day.

Michael Szczerban

VP, Publisher of Voracious and Little, Brown Spark

I oversee the Voracious and Spark imprints at Little, Brown, which publish books that make life better. As an editor, my interests are driven by appetite and curiosity, and I love helping authors connect readers to their passions.

I have published numerous bestsellers and established several million-copy series that include Pete Souza’s photo books (Obama: An Intimate Portrait and others), cookbook programs from Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street and Jeffrey Eisner, and Sarah Knight’s No F*cks Given Guides. Other projects include Wally Koval’s Accidentally Wes Anderson, Zach Klein’s Cabin Porn, and our half-century-old Ansel Adams program. My authors include Pamela AndersonBryan FordSam Heughan, the estate of Johnny CashVivian HowardMarcus SamuelssonDaniel Humm/Eleven Madison Park, Brad Leone, and Ayesha Curry. My books have won the Thurber Prize for American Humor and been finalists for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Previously, I worked at Simon & Schuster, where I acquired Samin Nosrat’s mega-bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and helped develop the TED Books line. I then helped launch the Regan Arts imprint at Phaidon, and joined Little, Brown in 2014. We launched Voracious in 2019, and I was named publisher of Spark and Voracious in 2024.

I am a recipient of the Lawrence Peel Ashmead Editorial Award and a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree, and have written about our business for Poets & Writers. You can follow me on Instagram @foreverbeard.

Joshua Kendall

Executive Editor, VP, Editorial Director

I am an executive editor, as well as the editorial director of Mulholland Books, where I’ve edited novels like The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S., Lauren Beukes’s internationally bestselling The Shining Girls, as well national bestsellers like the debut Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and crime fiction legends like Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Charlie Huston, and Jim Thompson. At Little, Brown, I published the acclaimed literary novel Neverhome, as well as New York Times bestselling authors Michael Koryta and Dan Simmons. Prior to Little, Brown, I worked at Viking/Penguin and Picador, where I worked with authors and titles as diverse as Tana French, Stewart O’Nan, Ron Carlson, and Jasper Fforde. I have also edited a variety of nonfiction projects, such as The Boys In the Boat, Moby-Duck, and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning.

Talia Krohn

VP, Editorial Director

I joined Little Brown Spark in 2022 after sixteen years at Penguin Random House. I acquire primarily idea- and research-driven books in business and economics and in the behavioral and social sciences. I am particularly drawn to expert voices with unique insights that help us better understand ourselves, each other, and the ways in which we live and work. Books that I am proud to have published include: Zero to One, Brave, Not Perfect, Essentialism, The Lonely Century, Humor, Seriously, Acting with Power, It’s About Damn Time, Makers and Takers, Insight, The Happiness Advantage, The Power of Broke, and The Start-up of You. While I did not technically attend Stanford University, I have worked with many authors who did.

Alex Littlefield

Executive Editor

I joined Little, Brown in 2022 to expand our list of serious nonfiction, primarily in the categories of history, biography, politics, and current affairs. I also have a soft spot for investigative journalism, narrative non-fiction, science, and true crime. Above all else, I love books with an edge and with a mission; I look for well-crafted stories braided with bold arguments and big ideas, and for authors with fresh perspectives and deep expertise in their subject areas. I am proud to have published New York Times bestselling authors such as Fiona Hill, Marie Yovanovitch, Peter Strzok, Neal Katyal, Avi Loeb, and Randall Munroe as well as luminaries such as Graham Allison, Lisa Feldman Barrett, and Jennifer Doudna. I also have had the pleasure of working with Adam Hochschild, James Risen, Wesley Lowery, Eric Lichtblau, Jacqueline Jones, and Jonathan Greenblatt. Before Little Brown, I spent sixteen years in the editorial departments of Mariner Books (formerly Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Basic Books, and Grove/Atlantic.

Asya Muchnick

VP, Executive Editor

As part of the Little, Brown team for more than twenty years, I acquire literary fiction, upmarket crime, and narrative nonfiction, including history, biography, and cultural history. I am particularly drawn to propulsive, page-turning stories, well told. Among the authors I have been lucky enough to work with are Naomi Alderman, Jo Ann Beard, Michael Connelly, Lacy Crawford, Rebecca Donner, Mary Gabriel, Malcolm Gladwell, Nancy Goldstone, Ayelet Gundar-GoshenElin Hilderbrand, Richard LangePaul Lynch, Daniel Mason, Stephenie Meyer, Daniel O’Malley, Alice Sebold, and David Sedaris.

Helen O’Hare

Executive Editor

I joined Little, Brown and Company in February 2020, where I publish upmarket and book club fiction on the Little, Brown list and a range of atmospheric crime and suspense novels for Mulholland Books. I love clear hooks, distinctive voices, beautiful writing, and storytelling that makes me forget my to-do list. I’m honored to have worked with bestselling and beloved writers including Kellye Garrett, Kerri Maniscalco, Adrian McKinty, Elizabeth Hand, Allen Eskens, Denise Mina, Heather Chavez, and Lauren Beukes, and vibrant debut novels by Paula Lichtarowicz, Susanna Hoffs, Alice Franklin, and Melissa Fu. Before joining Little, Brown I held positions at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking/Penguin, Other Press, and at the Boulder Book Store and the Tattered Cover Book Stores.

Vivian Lee

Senior Editor

I joined Little, Brown in 2021 and acquire literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. I am excited to read books that ask big questions (or complicate those questions); authors who write in the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability. I am passionate about narratives that challenge our way of thinking both in the world and on the page. I have published Anna DeForest’s A History of Present Illness (winner of  an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award), Curtis Chin’s Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant (ALA Stonewall Winner), Jimin Han’s The Apology (a Barnes and Noble Discover Pick), and Youngmi Mayer’s I’m Laughing Because I’m Crying. Previously, I worked in print magazine and newspapers and as an editor at Little A for six years, where I published bestselling and award-winning authors including PEN/Faulkner finalist Matthew Salesses, Kirkus finalist Naima Coster, and PEN/Faulkner finalist Viet Dinh, as well as with Jim Atlas on the ICONS series. For my editorial work, I was named a PW Rising Star Honoree in 2018 and a Kundiman Honoree in 2023.

Denise Roy, Editorial Director

Shannon Jamieson Vazquez, Senior Editor

Denise Roy (previously of Dutton and Simon & Schuster), and Shannon Jamieson Vazquez (previously of Berkley and Bantam Dell) are the James Patterson adult editorial team, specializing in thrillers and true crime. They work on the #1 New York Times bestselling Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, and Women’s Murder Club series, as well as Patterson’s stand alone thrillers and his new and developing nonfiction line, notably All-American Murder, Filthy Rich, The House of Kennedy, The Last Days of John Lennon and Walk in My Combat Boots.