Julia Kardon

Julia Kardon was born and raised in New York City. Her first job in publishing, while in high school, was shelving fiction at the fabled Strand Bookstore. After receiving degrees in Comparative Literature, as well as in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago, she moved to Prague to teach English for a year. Julia then returned to New York to restart her career in publishing. She joined HSG in 2018 after building a list at Mary Evans Inc and handling foreign rights. She is interested primarily in literary and upmarket fiction and memoir, especially with a focus on identity or with an international lens, narrative nonfiction, journalism, and history, and her clients include New York Times Best Seller Brit Bennett, Barnes & Noble Discover picks John Freeman Gill, Etaf Rum, and Leah Franqui, Center For Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow Melissa Rivero, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and others. ​

What I'm Looking For

Literary fiction, narrative nonfiction and select memoir, journalism. Favorite recent books include Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends, Tommy Orange's There There, Helen Oyeyemi's What is Not Yours is Not Yours and Weike Wang's Chemistry.

Sample Titles or Authors

The Mothers, Brit Bennett
America For Beginners, Leah Franqui
Sadness is a White Bird, Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Specializes In

FICTION: Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Investigative Journalism, Multi-Cultural, Narrative


FICTION: Family Saga, Short Story Collections, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Memoir, Women's Concerns