Agent | Ayesha Pande Literary
Anjali Singh is an agent at Ayesha Pande Literary. Before becoming an agent, she 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, Zoe Ferraris, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos, Enid Shomer, and Brigid Pasulka. As a literary agent, she is looking for new voices, character-driven fiction or nonfiction works that reflect an engagement with the world around us, YA and MG literature, and graphic novels for all ages. Some of her recent and forthcoming projects include Arif Anwar’s debut novel The Storm (co-agented with Ayesha Pande, Atria, May 2018), Bridgett Davis’s memoir The World According to Fanny Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers (Little, Brown, January 2019), and Sherine Hamdy and Myra El-Mir’s YA graphic novel about a Muslim-American girl’s coming of age (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020).
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