Georges and Anne Borchardt co-founded the New York-based literary agency, Georges Borchardt, Inc., in 1967. Georges Borchardt introduced to American readers major works by Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, Pierre Bourdieu, Gilles Deleuze, Marguerite Duras, Franz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Eugene Ionesco, Jacques Lacan, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Elie Wiesel and Monique Wittig. In 2010, he was awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
Georges Borchardt, Inc. today is primarily an agency for English language writers, and currently represents over 200 authors including eight Pulitzer Prize winners and two Nobel Prize winners. The agency represents novelists and nonfiction writers as well as several major literary estates.
Valerie Borchardt joined the agency in 1999. Several of her clients have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. She is also the foreign rights director and a vice president. She has a BA from Wesleyan University and a Masters in Slavic Language and Literature from Columbia University.
Kate Johnson joined the agency in 2005, and recently became a vice president of the company. She previously edited and reported at StoryQuarterly, Bookslut.com, New York magazine and elsewhere, and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is on the hunt for literary fiction, memoir and narrative nonfiction, and loves working with journalists.
After graduating from Colgate University, Samantha Shea joined Georges Borchardt, Inc. in 2010. Samantha’s list includes literary fiction, historical fiction, YA, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. She’s particularly interested in fiction that bridges the literary/commercial divide and loves working collaboratively with authors throughout all stages of their careers.
Originally from Northern Virginia, Rachel Brooke graduated from Oberlin College in May 2012 where she majored in English literature. She assists Valerie Borchardt with the foreign rights.
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