Fast Five: Susan Chang

Susan Chang, Senior Editor Tor Books What is your all-time favorite book and why? Sorry, can’t answer this question as I don’t have one favorite. Some of my favorites include the HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy by Philip Pullman, everything by Diana Wynne Jones, the BETSY-TACY series by Maud Hart Lovelace, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS by Ursula K. Le…

Fast Five: Michael Sterling

Michael Sterling, Literary Agent Folio Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? 2666 by Roberto Bolano. The writing is absolutely fantastic: the voice is powerful, the prose is gorgeously and intensely crafted. What’s on your top-secret, personal wish list for manuscripts? An author like Ian McEwan, David Mitchell, Kate Atkinson, or Anthony Doerr…

Fast Five: Shannon Hassan

Shannon Hassan, Literary Agent Marsal Lyon Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? This is a tough question! I’m not sure it is my “all-­time favorite” but I recently re-­read is A HISTORY OF LOVE and it still moves me with its mix of memorable characters, mystery, beauty, and heartbreak. What’s on your top-secret,…

Fast Five: Allison Devereux

Allison Devereux, Literary Agent Wolf Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? This probably changes from month to month, but right now I’d say Remainder by Tom McCarthy. The story is so bizarre and compelling, and McCarthy brilliantly portrays an unreliable narrator with a fractured sense of reality. What’s on your top-secret, personal wish…

Fast Five: Christopher Rhodes

Christopher Rhodes, Literary Agent James Fitzgerald Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. I was introduced to this novel in high school and it changed my mind completely about what a book can be. The Song of Solomon has it all ­­adventure, magical realism, folklore, racial…

Fast Five: Thao Le

Thao Le, Literary Agent Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? This is impossible to answer! But Diana Wynne Jones is my hands down all-time favorite writer. So anything by her would be a favorite. Her stories are just always so vivid and imaginative and full of twists and turns. I love them.…

Fast Five: Alice Speilburg

Alice Speilburg, Literary Agent Speilburg Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? I’ll go with Jane Austen’s Emma, because in addition to all of the reasons why people love Austen’s books – social commentary, timelessness, an easy familiarity with the characters — I admire the way she crafts the protagonist (Emma) as such a…

Fast Five: Uwe Stender

Uwe Stender, Literary Agent TriadaUS Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, because it made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me realize what really is important in life. What’s on your top-secret, personal wish list for manuscripts? I really want a humorous…

Fast Five: Kendel Lynn

Kendel Lynn, Literary Agent Henery Press What is your all-time favorite book and why? Only ONE all-time favorite? You’re killing me. How about one OF my favorites: The Stand by Stephen King. What’s on your top-secret, personal wish list for manuscripts? A light paranormal mystery: Practical Magic meets Veronica Mars. What literary trend has surprised you…

Fast Five: Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson, Literary Agent Inklings Literary Agency What is your all-time favorite book and why? This is like asking a person to choose one of their children. I just can’t do it. There are books I have read and re-read, though. Among them are Dune, The Stand, Charming, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe…