Emi Ikkanda

Emi Ikkanda is a Senior Editor at Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House. Before joining S&G in 2016, she worked as an editor at Henry Holt & Company.

Emi has edited acclaimed authors, including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Finalist Carla Power, New York Times Bestselling authors Richard Reeves and Julia Angwin, International Bestselling novelist Michael David Lukas, former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, GQ editor Kevin Nguyen, Harvard graduation speaker Donovan Livingston, ABC sitcom Speechless’s Zach Anner, Columbia MFA graduate Sanaë Lemoine, Iowa International Writing Program resident Lijia Zhang, and New York Times Op-Ed contributor Karla Cornejo Villavicencio.

At S&G, she pursues narrative nonfiction, journalism, memoir, history, pop science, pop culture, and multicultural fiction. In fiction or non-fiction, she loves exploring untold stories and hidden worlds.

Some titles she wished she’d worked on include The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Quiet by Susan Cain, Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Emi advocates for greater diversity in the book industry by working within several organizations, including Penguin Random House’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, Random House’s diversity committee Diversity @ Random, the Association of American Publishers, People of Color in Publishing, Representation Matters, and the Women’s Media Group.

Before joining publishing, Emi graduated from the University of California Berkeley and King’s College London.

What I'm Looking For

I pursue narrative nonfiction, journalism, memoir, history, pop science, pop culture, and multicultural fiction. In fiction or non-fiction, I love exploring untold stories and hidden worlds.

Sample Titles or Authors

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, Michael David Lukas
Reset, Ellen Pao
If the Oceans Were Ink, Carla Power

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, History, Humor, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Military/War, Multi-Cultural, Narrative, Pop Culture, Science, Travel, Women's Concerns

Considers

NONFICTION: Parenting, Politics, Psychology, Technology