NEWS & EVENTS
NOTE: All agent pitch slots are full. Tickets for the agent panel are still available and you can also register to be waitlisted for a pitch slot HERE.
(The panel portion is your chance to learn what New York literary agents are looking for, what an agent can do for you, and to have your questions answered during the Q&A. And if any of our visiting agents sounds right for you, you can query them after the event and mention that you heard them speak at our Asheville event!)
We are thrilled to welcome four exceptional New York literary agents to Asheville for our Agent Panel and Pitch-Slam on October 13th:
Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative Management) has represented National Book Award finalist Erika L. Sánchez, the New York Times bestseller The House Girl by Tara Conklin; bestselling historical fiction author Hazel Gaynor; the Barnes & Noble Discover Pick The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler; and After Disasters by Viet Dinh, which was named a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Prize. After graduating from New York University with a MA degree in literature, Brower began her career in agenting at Wendy Sherman Associates. Before joining Aevitas, she was a Senior Vice President at Folio Literary Management. Brower represents fiction and narrative nonfiction out of the New York office of Aevitas. Her interests include book club fiction (a commercial concept with a literary execution), literary fiction (including with an element of genre), and smart women’s fiction. She also represents select young adult, middle grade, and memoir projects. Some of her favorite non-client writers are Emily St. John Mandel, Maggie Shipstead, Tana French, and Barbara Kingsolver.
Allison Hunter (Janklow & Nesbit Associates) began her publishing career in 2005 working for the Los Angeles-based literary publicity firm Kim-from-L.A, and was an agent at InkWell Management and the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency before joining Janklow & Nesbit. Allison’s clients include Rosie Walsh, author of the New York Times bestselling novel GHOSTED, as well as memoirists, journalists and various experts in their field. She was also thrilled to work with InkWell client Lena Dunham on her bestselling memoir NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL. She is actively acquiring literary and commercial fiction, especially women's fiction, as well as memoir, narrative nonfiction, cultural studies and pop culture. She is always looking for funny female writers, great love stories, campus novels, family epics, smart beach reads and for non-fiction projects that speak to the current cultural climate. Allison has a B.A. in American Studies and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she lives in Brooklyn.
Annie Hwang (Folio Literary Management) represents literary fiction and select nonfiction. She gravitates toward literary fiction featuring diverse characters and authentic voices; rich historical fiction where the setting takes on a life of its own; visceral literary thrillers with dark psychological grit; and nuanced speculative/science-fiction that explores what it means to be human in the age of technology. She loves to champion underrepresented voices and is particularly drawn to complex characters with emotional resonance, deftly braided narratives, and captivating layered plots. Above all, she is always on the hunt for gifted storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights. When it comes to nonfiction, she is open to fresh, smart, well-branded nonfiction in the areas of pop science, pop culture, diet, wellness, fitness, food, lifestyle, and humor.
Anjali Singh (Ayesha Pande Literary) has spent over 20 years in publishing. She has worked as an international literary scout, as an editor at Vintage Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Simon & Schuster and as Editorial Director at Other Press. She is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos and Brigid Pasulka. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or non-fiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, YA and MG literature and graphic novels for all ages. Some of her current and forthcoming projects include Arif Anwar’s debut novel The Storm (Atria, June 2018); Bridgett Davis’ memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers (Little, Brown Jan 19); Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir’s YA GN about a Muslim-American girl’s coming-of-age (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020) and Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martinez’s GN WAKE: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts (37ink/2020).
We are excited to offer this opportunity to the many talented writers in our region. This event is made possible in part by a Grassroots Arts Project Grant from the Asheville Area and North Carolina Arts Councils, and the generous donation of space by Lenoir-Rhyne University.