Editorial Director | Quirk Books
Jhanteigh Kupihea graduated from Columbia University in 2008 and started her career in publishing at Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Random House. She went on to become a senior editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. There, she managed Keywords Press, an imprint dedicated to social influencers. She also helped to launch Skybound Books, a science fiction and fantasy imprint aimed at pop culture fans, for which she acquired The Electric State by popular visual storyteller Simon Stalenhag. The book she talks about most often is Run for Something by Amanda Litman, a guide to running for office for the first time, written with Millennials in mind. In May 2018, Jhanteigh became the editorial director of Quirk Books, an independent publisher based in Philadelphia and distributed through Penguin Random House. Quirk is known for awesome books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series, Crafting with Cat Hair, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, Geekerella, Basic Witches, The Astrology of You and Me, and Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery. Jhanteigh is interested in high-concept commercial fiction that tells fast-paced stories featuring memorable characters, especially romantic comedies, mysteries, thrillers, and horror; humor/pop culture; illustrated gift books; and cooking/lifestyle, particularly anything with a geeky, pop-culture-y, feminist-y vibe.
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