Kendra Harpster

Executive Editor
NYT-bestselling, and former Executive Editor at Penguin Random House

Kendra Harpster is a former Executive Editor at Penguin Random House who has acquired and edited a wide range of fiction and memoir, including numerous award-winning and New York Times-bestselling books.

She began her 20+ year publishing career in 1999 at Doubleday, where she assisted the Editor-in-Chief. In the years following, she rose up the ranks of editorial departments at Doubleday, Random House, Viking Books, and Berkley Books (Penguin Random House). Her list of notable and bestselling authors includes Kim Edwards, Rachel Joyce, Jim Lehrer, Kurt Andersen, Garrison Keillor, Mira Jacob, Susan Vreeland, Liz Moore, Mark Haddon, David Rakoff, and many others. While at Viking, she discovered and edited the first three thrillers by New York Times-bestselling author Tana French.

Kendra’s love of fiction and narrative nonfiction extends the full range of what the genres encompass–from literary fiction to commercial women’s fiction to graphic novels to thrillers and memoir.  She loves the editorial process and feels the most fulfilled when working deep within the lines of a novel or work of narrative nonfiction. Assisting a writer in developing their work is rewarding and she finds satisfaction in helping to bring writers and their work to the next editorial level.

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Kendra’s List

BERKLEY BOOKS

Les Becquets, Diane—BREAKING WILD: A Novel, 2016 (Agent: Michelle Brower)

Meissner, Susan—STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD: A Novel, 2016 (Agent: Elisabeth Weed)

RANDOM HOUSE 

Andersen, Kurt—TRUE BELIEVERS: A Novel, 2012 (Agent: Suzanne Gluck)

Burton, Susan—EMPTY: A  Memoir, 2020 (Agent: Sarah Burnes)

Jacob, Mira—THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING: A Novel, 2014 (Agent: Michelle Tessler)

Johnston, Bret Anthony—REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS: A Novel, 2014 (Agent: Julie Barer)

Joyce, Rachel—THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY: A Novel, 2012

Joyce, Rachel—PERFECT: A Novel, 2014 (Agent: Clare Conville)

Lalwani, Nikita—THE VILLAGE: A Novel, 2013 (Agent: Tracy Bohan)

Lehrer, Jim—TOP DOWN: A Novel of the Kennedy Assassination, 2013 (Agent: Will Lippincott)

Steinberg, Janice—THE TIN HORSE: A Novel, January 2013 (Agent: Susan Golomb)

VIKING PRESS/PENGUIN/PLUME 

Anderson, Hephzibah—CHASTENED: The Unexpected Story of My Year Without Sex, A Memoir, 2010 (Agent: Elizabeth Sheinkman)

Edwards, Kim—THE LAKE OF DREAMS: A Novel, 2010 

Edwards, Kim—THE SECRETS OF A FIRE KING: Stories, 2007 (Agent: Geri Thoma)

French, Tana—FAITHFUL PLACE: A Novel, 2010

French, Tana—THE LIKENESS: A Novel, 2008

French, Tana—IN THE WOODS: A Novel, 2007 (Agent: Darley Anderson)

Ganek, Danielle—THE SUMMER WE READ GATSBY: A Novel, 2010

Ganek, Danielle—LULU MEETS GOD AND DOUBTS HIM: A Novel, 2007 (Agent: Leigh Feldman)

Hall, Catherine—DAYS OF GRACE: A Novel, 2010 (Transworld UK)

Keillor, Garrison—LIBERTY: A Novel, 2008

McLaren, Kaya—ON THE DIVINITY OF SECOND CHANCES: A Novel, 2009

McLaren, Kaya—CHURCH OF THE DOG: A Novel, 2008 (Agent: Meg Ruley)

Montgomery, Lee (editor)—WOOF!: Writers on Dogs, An Anthology, 2008 (Agent: Judy Heilblum)

Reece, Gordon—MICE: A Novel, 2010 (Agent: Catherine Drayton)

Vreeland, Susan—LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY: A Novel, 2007 (Agent: Barbara Braun)

DOUBLEDAY/BROADWAY BOOKS

Goldhagen, Shari—FAMILY AND OTHER ACCIDENTS: A Novel, 2006 (Agent: Alex Glass)

Lance Armstrong Foundation—LIVE STRONG: Inspiring Stories From Cancer Survivors From—Diagnosis to Treatment and Beyond, 2005 

Liddle, Rod—TOO BEAUTIFUL FOR YOU: Stories, 2003 (Agent: Jay Mandel)

Moore, Liz—THE WORDS OF EVERY SONG: A Novel, 2007 (Agent: Seth Fishman)

 

Contributed editorial work to books by Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, Aimee Bender, Mark Haddon, Heidi Julavits, Scott Anderson, Edward Rutherfurd, David Rakoff, David Shenk, Hampton Sides, Russell Shorto and Stewart O’Nan.