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John Siciliano

John Siciliano

Executive Editor
Penguin Books and Penguin Classics

John Siciliano is executive editor, Penguin Books and Penguin Classics. He publishes writers from around the world—classic and contemporary, famous and forgotten and first-time—and is especially interested in literary fiction, the literary supernatural, memoir, travel, cultural history, humor, food, and wellness. His list includes the #1 international bestseller The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani, which was one of The New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2018; the New York Times bestsellers The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker, Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, Philomena by Martin Sixsmith, and There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya; Lydia Davis’s award-winning, nationally bestselling translation of Madame Bovary; Philip Pullman’s nationally bestselling Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm; the Man Booker International Prize finalist Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi; the World Fantasy Award–winning anthology My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales; the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize winners The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim and Ten White Geese by Gerbrand Bakker; and the international bestsellers The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim, and Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. He has commissioned introductions for Penguin Classics from Lena Dunham, James Franco, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tony Kushner, Jonathan Franzen, James Wood, Kelly Link, Ransom Riggs, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Neil Gaiman, and Rupi Kaur, and he has participated in editorial fellowships in Jerusalem, Istanbul, Sofia, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Salzburg, Oslo, Helsinki, Krakow, Sharjah, Tokyo, and Taipei. Before joining Penguin, he worked at Bantam, Overlook, and Vintage.

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#fbm20 media library
Meet the Editors: An Hour with US Editors