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Pilar Garcia-Brown is a Senior Editor at Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Previously, she worked at Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She concentrates on fiction in multiple categories, as well as the occasional narrative nonfiction. Recent and forthcoming titles include the instant New York Times bestseller Black Buck, by Mateo Askaripour; Natural Beauty, by Ling Ling Huang, which will be produced for TV by Constance Wu; and the National Book Award–nominated collection Holler, Child, by LaToya Watkins. She is co-chair of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Fete Committee, and she lives in Brooklyn.


On the fiction side, I'm looking for voice- and character-driven stories that upend expectation or play with genre. I'm especially drawn to novels that tackle urgent, contemporary social and cultural themes in an irreverent or humorous way. (In general, I focus on literary and upmarket.)

On the nonfiction side, I'm looking for hybrid memoir and essay collections. I love anything that feels especially contemporary or engages with pop culture.


BLACK BUCK, by Mateo Aksaripour (a novel)

THE VERY NICE BOX, by Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman (a novel)

NATURAL BEAUTY, by Ling Ling Huang (a novel)

MAGICAL/REALISM, by Vanessa Angelica Villarreal (nonfiction, essays)

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, Humor/Satire, LGBTQIA+, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural/Global Fiction, Short Story Collections

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, LGBTQIA+, Memoir, Narrative, Pop Culture


FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Family Saga, LGBTQIA+, Graphic Novels, Horror, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural/Global Fiction, Mystery, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Science Fiction

NONFICTION:  Cultural/Social Issues, LGBTQIA+, Memoir, Multicultural/Global Perspectives, Narrative, Music, Pop Culture, Women's concerns