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.
After graduating from Colgate University, Samantha Shea joined Georges Borchardt, Inc. in 2010 and was made a Vice President in 2016. 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.
Will Vunderink graduated from Colorado College in 2011 with a BA in English and joined Georges Borchardt, Inc. in 2014. He assists Georges with many of the agency's clients and manages permissions.
Emma Gougeon graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BA in French and English in 2016 and completed the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University the following fall. She joined Georges Borchardt, Inc. in 2017, assisting with foreign and film rights.
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